Seven Links…5/18/19 Traci Kenworth

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Seven Links…5/18/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/05/using-the-argument-against-transformation-to-strengthen-your-story.html “Today’s post is for structure fans. If you’re a dedicated pantser for whom any thought of form and function causes you to break out in hives, you have my permission to go play Candy Crush, for we are about to take a deep dive into the skeletal framework of storytelling.

This post was prompted by an email from a reader of Super Structureand Write Your Novel From the Middle. The gist of the email is below, reproduced with the sender’s permission:”

2. https://www.janefriedman.com/how-to-bring-value-to-your-readers/ “What’s the difference between these two writers: David Sedaris, who people pay fifty dollars to see read out loud for an hour, and the open-mic writer, who is allowed five minutes to read before the timer interrupts him to get off stage? In business speak, the difference is value. Specifically, the power to create value through art.

“Truly reaching your audience and offering them something of value is perhaps as good a definition of successful writing as I’ve ever heard,” says Dinty W. Moore, essayist and writer of both fiction and nonfiction books.

I’m using a word as abstract as “value” for a reason. It’s subjective, and it varies by writer. The value I get from a powerhouse Dorianne Laux poem is totally different from the value I get from a hilarious Sanjiv Bhattacharya essay. Value comes in many flavors. Finding your flavor will be part of finding your voice.”

3. http://booksbywomen.org/how-to-handle-being-hit-with-deconstructive-criticism/ “I jumped onto my Twitter feed recently and a Tweet slapped me in the face. It was from a woman—an aspiring writer—who tweeted that she felt “so broken” because her father had just told her to give up writing, that it was useless, and that “her book would never get recognized anyway.”

He took a big, fat verbal wrecking ball to her dreams.

It made me furious.

It is entirely possible that this woman may never be a published author, but she could also very well be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, or James Patterson. But now, after her father’s callous assessment, we may never know. We may never have the chance to read her story, and that’s tragic.

This woman, however, isn’t the only one who has run head-on into the oncoming train we know as deconstructive criticism.”

4. https://megdowell.com/2019/05/11/12-tips-for-writers-feeling-stuck-and-unproductive/Don’t beat yourself up. You can do better, and you will.”

5. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/5-ways-writers-try-to-fake-their-way-to-good-storytelling/ “In these moments of distraction or exhaustion (or, let’s admit it, sometimes just laziness), we don’t always give the page our all. We stick a half-cooked beat between two more important scenes. We doublespeak our way past technical inaccuracies. Or we not-so-deftly create a smokescreen to disguise a character’s less-than-authentic emotional evolution.

We all do it. I’ve done every single one of those things in every single book I’ve written—always hoping no one will notice. And sometimes they don’t. But it’s never something I’m proud of (i.e., haha, look what I got away with!). Rather, it’s always something that niggles at me once a book passes its grunt stage and starts cooling in post-publication.

It niggles because all these dodges point to the even more telling shortcut offaking it.

6. https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/05/flawed-characters-great-fiction/ “Which is more important? Plot or character? To write great fiction, we need both. Plot and characters work together. One arc drives the other much like one cog serves to turn another, thus generating momentum in the overall engine we call “STORY.” Writers have a unique challenge. On one hand we need a rock solid plot and (ironically) the best people to execute this solid plot? Flawed characters.

If we goof up plot? Readers/Audiences get confused or call FOUL. Watch the movie Ouija for what I am talking about *shakes head*.

Goof up characters? No one cares about the plot.”

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Research & Fun Bits:

1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/that-heros-journey-monomyth-thingie-part-three/ “Hi gang. Craig here with you once again with more about story structure. I’m taking on the biggest form of story structure out there, but there are others. If you missed any of the earlier posts, don’t despair. They live forever on the Internet.”

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Some Things More Serious:

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

1. https://syl65.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/divine-haiku-12-2/

2. https://dayswiththeundead.com/2019/05/13/randommondaymini-downandout/ “Her face was dirty beneath the mask she wore. Her eyes wild, fear glazing the blue irises, darkening them to almost black. Her hands pugilistic, her stance rigid, she looked like she would bolt at any moment.”

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

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