Saturday Summation – 15 November 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…

Publishing Stuff:

You know, it was only a matter of time before advertising invaded fiction. Hopefully, it’s not going to be the next really big thing, but this endeavor is an interesting one from author Hillary Carlip and Sweet’N Low of sponsored fiction.

Writing Stuff:

#NaNoWriMo is at it’s halfway mark and those who are successfully moving through this adventure are writing around 1,700 words a day. For a while (and by while, I mean 3 days – or maybe it was only 2) I tried to aim for 1k/day, which is a huge stretch for me. I was already doing the whole “write every day” thing (and still am), but I feel like I have to up my game right now if I am serious about making this whole writing thing a career. I am so slow, though… so I decided to drop my goal by half (huge difference, I know, but bear with me) and while many on Twitter reassured me of my misgivings, it was my husband who reminded me that sometimes a goal is about sustainability. With a 500-word/day goal, it assures that I can meet it every day. I’ve been tracking my progress to help me determine when it is appropriate to up the count and stretch myself even further. I’m not there yet, but in 10 out of the past 11 days, I’ve been successful. Where am I going with this? AH… on Writer Unboxed, Katrina Kittle gives some motivation by reminding us that “Slow and Steady Fills the Ocean”. Yes.

How do you come up with names for your characters? Sure, there are name generation sites out there (that I have definitely used), but sometimes it’s more than that. I enjoyed this post by author Lynn Kanter about her thoughts on names.

Do you know who is almost never part of the “cool kids” crowd? Me. Of course, I put “cool kids” in quotes because I think most of you know what I mean by that. Obviously, when I look at whom I talk to on a regular basis, which I hang out with, who my friends are… very cool kids. When you are new to a profession, though, sometimes it’s easy to get caught in the quoted category, though. Agent Sarah LaPolla – truly one of the cool kids, no quotes – wrote a post for those of us still breaking into the writing, wannabe-published crowd and being careful of the “Cool Table”.

Oh, and to partner up with that and the idea of being a new writer, check out Keith Cronin’s entertaining (and at times accurate, haha), gif-filled post about The Five Stages of New Writer’s Grief.

I loved this post by Fae Rowen on discovering new plot and character ideas. Her examples are fresh and useful.

Video of the Week:

Do you know the show, Wild Kratts? Did you know their original show was Zoboomafoo? The shows icon, a lemur by the same name, died this week. My youngest loves Wild Kratts and my older two grew up with Zoboomafoo. So I bring you the title credits in honor of Zoboo for this week’s video of the week.

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3 Responses to Saturday Summation – 15 November 2014

  1. Thanks for the blog love, Janet. I believe writers share their hearts through their writing.


  2. tantemary says:

    Janet, I always enjoy your posts even though I’m not a writer and this was no exception!


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