Five Links 5/10/2020 Traci Kenworth

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Five Links 5/9/2020

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/05/conflict-thesaurus-entry-physical-exhaustion/ “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.”

2. http://booksbywomen.org/kelly-oliver-on-writing-historical-fiction/ “I love reading historical mysteries—Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody, Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs, Rhys Bowen’s Georgiana Rannoch, Sujata Massey’s Perveen Mistry. Recently, I wrote my first historical mystery, Betrayal at Ravenswick, a WW1 mystery featuring file clerk turned spy, Fiona Figg.

It’s 1917, the height of the Great War, and a suspicious South African war correspondent has taken up residence at Ravenswick Abbey. Fredrick Fredricks—big-game hunter-cum-journalist—is swaggering around the village in jodhpurs, shopping for expensive mustache pomades, and taking tea with posh country ladies. He comes across as Mr. Charisma, but the upper brass in the War Office think he’s a German spy. They need someone to infiltrate the abbey and get the goods on Fredricks. Who’s he really working for? Why is he in England? And what kind of name is Fredrick Fredricks?”

3. https://zojestage.blogspot.com/2020/05/basic-lighting-tips-for-diy-authors.html “Hey author friends! Seeing how we’re all at home now doing online events and making our own promo videos, I decided to record a few tips on setting up lights. The arrangement described in the video is primarily meant to create a “flat” lighting look without major shadows. The softbox I purchased is a Mount Dog, and I neglected to mention in the video that it comes with its own lightbulbs (and also a carrying case).

I’m a big believer in “Making It Work” without a lot of expense or fancy whistles. Obviously you could invest a lot more – in lighting or video equipment – and produce more professional results. But at this point we all just need something to get us started.

I kept trying to post clips of this on Twitter, but it wasn’t working. So you can watch the full video here:”

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Research & Fun Bits:

1. https://lithub.com/colson-whitehead-jericho-brown-and-anne-boyer-just-won-pulitzer-prizes/ “The winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes were just announced via video stream. Originally scheduled for April 20th, the announcement was postponed this year because of the pandemic. The award ceremony, typically held in May at Columbia University, will be held in the fall.

“More than ever, this moment highlights journalism’s mission to provide a vital public service. It also demonstrates literature and the arts’ ability to transport and uplift the human spirit during trying times,” says Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy.

Congratulations to this year’s class of Pulitzer Prize winners!”

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Some Things More Serious:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/05/the-coronavirus-diaries-extended.html “And now, eight weeks after our quarantine began, it’s time for some dark thoughts…

One thing that distinguishes thriller writers from the rest of the human species is our ability to conceive the horrible. Ordinary people don’t dwell on murders. They don’t spend months trying to imagine what compels a criminal to slaughter a friend or a boss or a lover. They don’t focus with perverse intensity on the awful details of the crime: the blood splatter, the exit wounds, the bite marks, the maggots. They prefer to push all of this dark reality out of their minds and think happier thoughts.

But thriller writers are gluttons for punishment. We have a knack for describing horrors that would make ordinary citizens flee the crime scene. And we have a different view of humanity, more sobering and realistic, because we’re reminded all the time of the terrible things that ordinary people are capable of doing.”

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://middlegrademojo.com/2020/05/08/the-mojo-minute-with-tom-angleberger/ “A stinky smell is taking over New Mouse City! No mouse can live like this! Geronimo and his best friend Hercule, the private detective, head underground into the sewer world of Mouse Island to investigate. Can they save the city from the stench?

This is all-new Geronimo Stilton as interpreted by author, artist, and longtime fan Tom Angleberger. Tom is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.”

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Changes come and go but family and memories are forever. Perhaps songs remind you of a certain someone. Maybe you’d like this or this.

Movies are times we share. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the big screen or the smaller one at home. Try this or this.

PCs becoming an issue? Try this or this.

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