Saturday Summation – 25 October 2014

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Writing Stuff

Emotion emotion emotion – especially in the form of tension – is what makes a great story go ‘round. (Well, there’s plot, too – but if you are a reader for character development, then it’s all emotion, baby.) Jan O’Hara expands upon Donald Maas’ ideas on writing in micro tension. Not only that, but she takes a chapter out of Maas’s book and shows us all about this powerful tool through a story. Excellent exemplification.

Skye Fairwin has a blog all about the psychology behind character behaviors and how that can translate into our writing. I liked this recent one about the subtleties in character dialogue that can indicate assent or dissent in conversation. How can we write cues that give off hints of a character’s true feelings? It’s a nice follow up after reading more on O’Hara’s micro tension piece.

Reading Stuff

Some publishers are taking a new perspective on fan fiction… as in they want to publish it. I honestly don’t know how I feel about this. As one who used to write fan fiction, I am certainly not saying I disapprove of the genre. And I know that publishers ultimately want to make money – that’s business. On the other hand, we like businesses to have integrity, correct? I wrote this post a couple of years ago and I think my feelings are much the same. (I forgot about the great conversation that took place on that post too – check it out.)

Inspirational-Type Stuff

As someone who has been experiencing a lot of ups and downs in the publishing arena lately, I appreciated agent Wendy Lawton’s words on how all of our work as writers that leads us to whatever goal we ultimately have has published authors is like a down payment on a dream. If you need a little inspiration and can use the analogy for your own dream, check out her post.

I don’t normally highlight news posts in this Summation, but I really loved the overall message this one had. It’s a sad one about the death of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo, but also a beautiful one about the people that came together to try to save him, and the best part, to comfort him. “You are so loved.” Yes, Ms. Winters, everyone should definitely hear that before they die.

Books I’ve Read Recently the You Might Enjoy

Landline – Rainbow Rowell – Adult – (My review on Goodreads)

The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henríquez – Adult – (My review on Goodreads)

Where Earth Meets Water – Pia Padukone – Adult (My review on Goodreads)

Rick Riordan’s final book (The Blood of Olympus) in his Heroes of Olympus series came out this month and it was a good end to a strong series. (Middle Grade)

Currently reading: Ranchero, by Rick Gavin

Video of the Week:

This is not a new video, but as someone who works online and ALL her meetings are virtual, it is still funny. And this video doesn’t even cover all of the conference calls that occur with screensharing elements, too. 😀

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2 Responses to Saturday Summation – 25 October 2014

  1. Great resources, Janet. Off to read the link about character psychology in dialogue. I’m always impressed by authors who pull this off well. Don’t know if it’s coincidence, but I’ve noticed a lot of authors who seem particularly good at this have had formal drama training. Wishing you a great weekend.

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  2. MJ says:

    Oh, that whole fanfiction publishing thing is the broken bottle that housed the genie, isn’t it? I’m not wishy-washy about it at all – I just flat out think it’s wrong (excluding that which uses something in the public domain as a base).

    I love the fanfiction that I write but I’m also very keenly aware that those stories are built on someone else’s work. Changing a few names and trying to sell it as something original would be like finishing a paint-by-numbers of the Mona Lisa and calling it art. I disagree with the premise 100%.

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