Five Links 5/30/2020 Traci Kenworth


 Five Links 5/30/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://stevelaube.com/beating-writers-block/ “Some writers scoff at the idea of “writer’s block”—that moment when the writer’s brain seems to freeze and the flow of words seems to have turned off like a faucet. Others swear that it’s a real thing, the bane of the writing life. I tend to think […]

Writerly Things 5/25/2020: How Chores are Like Writing Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 5/25/2020: How Chores are Like Writing Traci Kenworth Everyday, we do things we like to and things we don’t like to. Most of the “don’t like to” falls under the category of chores. I know there are those obsessed with their lawns (like my neighbor next door). He mows continuously even on days […]

Five Links 5/23/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/23/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/05/thrillers-bring-the-light.html “Yes, this unsightly wasp with its ugly orange head and relatively large body mass, has arrived on our shores intent on killing innocent little honey bees and, indeed, the occasional human. But just when we think we are in the midst of a Stephen King nightmare, along comes […]

Five Links 5/15/2020 Traci Kenworth


Five Links 5/18/2020 Traci Kenworth Writing: 1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/from-fragments-we-build-a-book-ep-27-free-podcast-course-for-writers/ 2. https://awriterofhistory.com/2020/05/14/favourite-historical-research-resources-k-m-pohlkamp/ “Her titles give you than hint of noir: Apricots and Wolfsbane, Physicists in Petticoats, Shadows of Hemlock. Last year, K.M. (Kara) posted a very interesting article on her favourite historical research resources and has graciously allowed me to repeat that article here in A Writer of History. My […]

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 […]

Writerly Things 4/26/2020: Venturing Out Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 4/27/2020: Venturing Out Traci Kenworth How many of you have started to view masks as the normal wear when out and about? It’s strange how it’s gone from weird to just another part of the day. How will we be changed for the better and worse when this is all over? What’s the […]

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 […]

Book Talk 4/24/2020 Traci Kenworth


Nothing this week. I just started rereading and I’ve been down with a head cold for over a week now. Makeup supplies diminishing? How about some mascara? Blush? Foundation? Lip liner? Lipstick? Eye liner? Eye shadow? Brushes? Makeup? Hair? Planning vacation after things get back up? Need luggage? Tags? Body lotion? Body wash? Perfume? Deodorant? […]

Writerly Things 4/20/2020: Should You Pass on Putting Real Events in Your Story? Traci Kenworth


Writerly Things 4/20/2020: Should You Pass on Real-Life Events in Your Novel or Include Them to Display Realism in your Stories? Traci Kenworth Do you add real-life events to your stories as you go along, and they occur or do you just skip as though they never happened? Once upon a time, as a young […]

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 […]