Blog » Top Web Resources for Writers (Part 1) There’s a reason why the Internet was called the “information superhighway” in the 1990s. Although the term itself is somewhat out of date, the significance is not. Today’s search engines pull up thousands of web pages in seconds, so which sites should you be visiting and why? Here are some of our suggestions: Publishers Weekly: Whether you know you’re going to self-publish or not, you should always keep an eye on the pulse of publishing. Absolute Write: First, check out the blog, which includes helpful articles such as: how to write good web copy and how to handle feelings of frustration. Critique Circle: If you’re looking for honest feedback on your work then look no further than Critique Circle, which is a forum to help writers connect with one another. The Plot Whisperer: If you struggle with plot, then you need to visit this website now, tomorrow, and at least a few times a week going forward. If you found these resources helpful, keep on reading!
New Fiction Exercises, Brian Kiteley Brian Kiteley Sample Fiction Exercises from The 4 A.M. Breakthrough These are some exercises from The 4 A.M. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. across again against American another Arabic arm asks away balcony building Cairo call chair Charles city come daughter day does door down Egypt Egyptian English European even eyes face feels few first friend Gamal girl go going good hand head himself home hour Ib know language last laughs Ib Lena lights long look man men moment name next night now old own people prisoner read right room Ruqayyah Safeyya say saying see sits small something speak stands still story street table take talk tell thing think three time told turns two walks want wife without woman word years Yehya This is an interesting distillation of a book. Pick a book you like and know well that has one of these concordances on the Amazon site. 6. 1. This is from Gretchen Rubin’s website ( 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. —Marcel Proust
Backstory: The More You Know, The Less I Have To Just in from teaching in Seattle and have NO VOICE. Hubby is a little more thrilled than he should probably show O_o. Anyway, the wonderful Piper Bayard is here for some more writing tips for those who want to NaNo. Even if you don’t? NaNo season will soon be upon us. Typical NaNoWriMo Writing Space First, give yourself permission to suck. Maureen Johnson says it best. Now that you’re keyed in to your sucking, you can get down to work to prevent unnecessary suckage. We’ve all read books with page after page of backstory. I know what you’re thinking. Forethought this. We all write for different reasons: therapy, because it’s easier than talking, therapy, because we love words, therapy, because we’re unemployed, therapy, because it’s the closest thing we have to talking to adults while we care for our babies, therapy, because stories are swirling inside our heads and must get out, therapy, because a world where we don’t write is simply inconceivable. How old are they when the book starts?
200 Words Instead of 'Said' - WritersBeat.com Not that anyone is asking me (but that has never stopped me before and it won't stop me now), but I do try to avoid using 'said' too much. It gets a tad tedious, I find. On the other hand, using a substitute simply for the sake of - well, using a substitute - can be ineffective. I thought your list was interesting, Somesh (beware whenever anyone says something is interesting ), but I do think you have included some rather dubious options. On the other hand, you have missed many valid, useful and legal options, but I'm not going to tell you what they are because that's the way I am. Thank you for an amusing post. Cheers, QW __________________ ____To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater.
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Rainforest Animals Infusing Your Settings with Emotion Editor Robin Patchen wraps up our look at fatal flaw #10: Description Deficiencies and Excesses (If you’ve missed the other posts on this topic, start with this one here): After I finished my first novel, I paid for a critique of the first fifteen pages. It came back so riddled with red, I feared she’d bled to death on my manuscript. One of her comments was, “Floating heads in a blank space.” Apparently, writing description didn’t come naturally to me. Years have passed, and find myself making similar comments to my clients. You must infuse your descriptions with emotion. The covered bridge served as the gateway into Nutfield. I followed the road and passed the old high school, a low-slung brick building with tall windows in each classroom. Bored yet? Technically, there’s nothing wrong with this passage. What can we tell about the main character? The passage is missing emotion. The covered bridge had been old even when I was a kid. Beautiful downtown Nutfield, New Hampshire. Your turn: