Five Links 5/10/2020 Traci Kenworth


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 […]

Five Links 5/2/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/1/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/04/conflict-thesaurus-entry-an-estranged-relative-showing-up/ “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 […]

Five Links 4/24/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 4/27/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/there-is-no-such-thing-as-a-plotless-novel-damn-it/ “This week I’d like to channel some of my COVID-19 quarantine frustrations by quickly and angrily debunking a bit of literati bullshit that has always pissed me off. One of many ways in which people without imagination try to belittle people with imagination is by looking down […]

Five Links 4/20/2020 Traci Kenworth


Due to a sinus infection/stiff neck/earache/headache combination, I didn’t get to as many links as I’d hoped. Five Links 4/17/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/04/storytelling-lessons-in-60-seconds-or-less-2.html “The mind wanders, especially when forced to look at the same walls all day. Enter YouTube. It’s the great playground for the bored and stultified. It beckons us with its […]

Five Links 4/10/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 4/11/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://megdowell.com/2020/04/03/writers-just-relax-it-will-change-your-life/ “You might not know it, but you generally do just about everything better when you’re relaxed. When I took voice lessons in college, my instructors spent more time telling me to relax (physically) than just about anything else. I clench and tighten my jaw a lot because […]

Five Links 4/3/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 4/4/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/03/lets-have-some-fun-2.html “Goodness knows, we need all the fun we can get right now. So in lieu of my usual craft column, I’m declaring today an official TKZ Fun Zone (TKZFZ). Let’s play a game. The name of the game is Less Interesting Books. You take a well known […]

Five Links 3/27/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 3/27/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/03/conflict-thesaurus-bad-weather/ “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 […]

Five Links 3/19/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 3/20/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/03/dont-stress-over-things-you-cant-control.html “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind is abuzz. It could be that the Boys in the Basement are hard at work, and making a lot of noise. It might be that extra bit of spicy tuna I chomped at dinner. […]

Five Links 3/13/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 3/13/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/03/scene-writing-is-where-the-fun-happens-2.html “We’ve had some good posts and comments about writing methods, grouped generally under the two broad headings of plotter/outliner and pantser. You can read the latest entries HERE and HERE. What I want to examine today is a bromide I often hear when this subject comes up. It issues from the pantsing side […]

Five Links 3/9/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 11/23/19 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. http://booksbywomen.org/step-away-from-your-comfort-zone-by-beverley-harvey/ “For the last month, my writing has stalled. Spectacularly. It’s not time, opportunity or commitment that I lack, it’s motivation and self-belief.  Like myriad writers, I am prone to introspection, anxiety and low self-esteem. No sympathy required here; I count myself lucky that I manage these personality […]