Seven Links 10/19/19
1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/10/conflict-thesaurus-entry-a-repressed-memory-resurfacing/ “Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with difficult decisions, morals, or temptations. Or it possibly could come from an external source—other characters, unfortunate circumstances, or the force of nature itself.
It’s our hope that this thesaurus will help you come up with meaningful and fitting conflict options for your stories. Think about what your character wants and how best to block them, then choose a source of conflict that will ramp up the tension in each scene.” This could be a great tool for a character who doesn’t want to remember a traumatic experience.
2. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/10/how-to-describe-your-main-character.html “Going to be a long post today, so pack a lunch. And be prepared to add to the discussion. The issues are important and come to me by way of an email (quoted with permission):
I know what 3rd Person Limited is, how it works, etc. based on the books and writing groups, etc. One issue that keeps coming up in my critique group about my characters is I don’t describe them early on (i.e. first couple of chapters) as the three POV characters haven’t met or interacted as of yet. I know the reflection scenario is cliche, etc.
The question- do you know some different techniques that could be used to provide character description in the 3rd Person POV? For example, would something like this be okay?
Maxwell rubbed at the double cleft of his chin or His thick fingers combed through his mop of black hair picking up the oily grease used to mat it down.
The issues raised are these:”
3. https://megdowell.com/2019/10/12/this-is-what-i-a-writer-am-afraid-of/ “There are many things. Here are 12.”
4. https://middlegrademojo.com/2019/10/16/the-write-tip-write-what-you-wish-with-liesl-shurtliff/ “We are proud to bring you a visiting author guest post by best-seller Liesl Shurtliff. We have enjoyed her take on classic fairy tales (RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin being my personal favorite), as well as her TIME CASTAWAYS series. During this visit, Liesl shares her thoughts on finding inspiration in writing what you wish!
When I was growing up, my family didn’t travel much. We had a lot of kids and money was tight, so the family vacation was usually a camping trip in the mountains of Utah, practically our backyard. If we did venture to cross state lines, it was never certain we’d get to our destination, as our clunky twelve-passenger van usually broke down in the middle of nowhere.”
6. https://ryanlanz.com/2019/10/15/how-to-write-with-all-five-senses/ “This might be a little grade school for some of you. Or you might think it’s a little grade school. Frankly, I think we could all stand to be reminded. So there you go.
When you are describing something, it looks a certain way. Yes indeedy. We get that. We got it three paragraphs ago. We got the visual flavor of this city through your description of Corinthian columns, crenellated parapets, vast marble blocks that take twelve oxen a week to tow anywhere useful.
Your description of classical statuary was helpful. I am very much educated by your sighting and detailing the French toe on the shoes of that passing nobleman. I don’t know if I needed all that information about the form and purpose of the city’s irrigation system, but there it is.
And yet, with all that detail, I’m still left with a burning question. And that question is, of course:
What the hell does this place smell like?”
Research & Fun Tidbits:
2. https://megdowell.com/2019/10/15/in-defense-of-writing-in-the-dark/ “I used to be afraid that if I wrote the stories I really wanted to write, and showed them to the world, everyone would think there was something wrong with me.
I mean, to be fair, there are plenty of things wrong with me and I’m not ashamed of any of them at this point in my life. I don’t think I would be the writer I am today — or a writer at all — if I’d never felt the pull of creative expression as an escape from the real world I had no choice but to grow up in.
I’ll never forget the first time I showed something I had written — a poem, maybe, or a very short essay — to a therapist. I didn’t like to talk about my writing or even mention the fact that I was a writer to people I didn’t know well, but when the subject came up and she found out I was a writer, she asked if I could bring something for her to read.”
4. https://scvincent.com/2019/10/16/a-little-knowledge/ “We are always told that we should write what we know. To an extent, that is true, but those who are writing murder mysteries, for example, are hardly likely to start poisoning/bludgeoning/shooting their nearest and dearest in the name of research. As a reader, though, you want to feel as though the writer really understands his subject, with the kind of expertise that seems so natural that it never shows.
Most of us, if we are honest, have experienced, even at the mildest level, the emotions that can, when taken to extreme and pathological levels, lead to such acts. Being human, we have every human emotion in our library of experience, even if some of them are gleaned through immersion in book or film, or experienced through dream. Even if we have to draw upon them and take them far beyond our own experience, we have a starting point in a reality with which we are familiar. We can write from what we know ourselves, even if we know only the edges or the fleeting shadows of such emotions.
I read an article by a fellow writer on a subject that plays a part in their work. It was well written, well presented, clear and accurate in its facts. The research had evidently been done but had, quite understandably from the writerly perspective, stopped when the need for facts to fit the work was fulfilled. Nothing at all wrong with that.”
Some Things More Serious:
7. https://maeclair.net/2019/10/16/wednesday-weirdness-the-dog-suicide-bridge/ “Welcome to another Wednesday Weirdness. Today, I have a strange tale that will certainly strike at the heart of any pet lover.
Many people love to take their dogs for a walk. Whether it’s a turn around the neighborhood, a stroll down a country lane or a jaunt through the park, it’s a relaxing experience for owner and companion. If you have a dog, you may have even meandered across a bridge or two, your best friend trotting happily at your side. The image certainly conjures a quaint picture.
Unless you happen to be walking your pet on the Overtoun Bridge in Scotland.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
“With the life she
knew all but gone, Riley must decide if she’ll let the road ahead
break her spirit or bolster her drive.”
3. https://mjmallon.com/2019/10/15/new-ya-fantasy-strayborn-and-meet-the-author/ “Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s only half-human,with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it—especially her step-mom. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, she finds…”
5. https://teripolen.com/2019/10/15/badmoonrising-through-the-nethergate-by-roberta-eaton-cheadle-ya-horror-supernatural/ “Many of you know today’s author from her children’s books (I dream of living in Chocolate Land), poetry, the book she co-authored with her mother, and extraordinary baking creations. But did you also know she’s the author of a new young adult horror book? Welcome Roberta (Robbie) Cheadle!”
6. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-queens-gambit/ “I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed The Queen’s Gambit (2017), the first novella in Jessie Mihalik’s ROGUE QUEEN series. It’s about Samara, the queen of a nation that stayed independent in a war between two powerful galactic empires. But, without allies to trade with, the people of Queen Samara’s Rogue Coalition are practically starving.
To earn some money for her country, Samara decides to attempt to rescue emperor Valentin Kos from the Quint mercenaries who are holding him captive, and then to collect a reward from the Kos Empire for his safe return. Things are going as planned until Samara is sold out by her partner. Now she’s in just as much trouble as the emperor is…”
7. https://middlegrademojo.com/2019/10/15/mg-book-launch-time-castaways-the-obsidian-compass-by-liesl-shurtliff/ “Mateo, Ruby, and Corey Hudson have lost their friend Jia to the villainous Captain Vincent’s clutches, and now they’re determined to bring her back to safety. But the Hudson kids don’t have a way to time-travel without the Obsidian Compass, until Mateo figures out the secret component to get his own homemade compass working.
Soon the whole family—plus their wacky neighbor, Chuck, and his rusty orange bus, Blossom—are swept up in another epic journey.
With their own time-traveling vehicle and some help from history’s most famous young markswoman, Annie Oakley, the Hudsons think they’re prepared to sneak onto the Vermillion. Unbeknownst to them, Captain Vincent already knows they’re coming. In fact, he’s counting on it…”