Seven Links Traci Kenworth

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Seven Links…6/8/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://www.whimsydark.com/resources “Looking to get into writing and maybe get published? Try these trusted links and articles.

I wrote my first book and began my publishing journey at age 31 while nursing a baby on my couch in Atlanta. Everything I learned about editing, agents, and the publishing business came from free online resources, many of which are below. You do not have to pay anyone to query or get published; money flows toward the writer. I found my agent through the slush pile. Slush works!” I remembering reading one of Delilah’s books when I read for one of the teen sites. She impressed me then and I love to listen to her advice about writing and the publishing business. I’ve heard from some authors who weren’t happy with either their agents or publishing. It’s nice to get a different view.

2. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-interesting-scenes/Here’s a secret about storytelling that many writers overlook. An interesting plot isn’t what makes an interesting story. Interesting characters aren’t what make an interesting story either. In reality, a story is only as interesting as its scenes.

That sounds almost too obvious to think about.

Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it too specifically myself until reading Matt Bird’s insightful Secrets of Story, in which he points out (in his excellent common-sense chapter on scenes):”

3. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/06/did-you-forget-to-mention-youre-a-writer.html “Real life offers inspiration when we least expect it. That moment can also be awkward, especially if you forget to mention one crucial distinction between you and a psychopath: the word writer.

A service person comes to your home. While you’re watching her — yes, a woman — do her job, a brainstorm strikes you out of nowhere; it rounds first base, second, and third, and charges at full speed for home plate. But you need more information to flesh out the idea, mentally draft the story from beginning to end to see if the premise has merit.” There’s been times I’ve asked some questions that got signs of nervousness from my family, esp. when I got excited that a family member got a new gun and I asked if I could try it out. They worried at the time I might be aiming to use it on my abusive ex. This was many years after my children, and I escaped him. Nope. I just wanted to know what it felt like to shoot it for book purposes.

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Research & Fun Bits:

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Some Things More Serious:

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

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