Ah, the miracle of scheduling. I’m not home right now, I’m in Bristol, at the UK Meet. If you’re not there too, console yourself with these links. :)
A Recipe for Nanowrimo: Plan Your Characters and Improvise Your Plot
It’s not so long before NaNoWriMo now. I know I’m already planning. Roz Morris has some good advice for NaNoWriMo plotters and everyone else.
Indeed, if I had to choose whether to outline plot or characters in detail, I’d spend the time on creating the characters. Why?
Once I know who my fictional people are, they start acting, talking and steering the show – merely by being themselves. This streamlines the writing process enormously, helps you write in a natural flow. It’s especially useful for project like NaNoWriMo, where you want to get your wordcount done – but still have fun.
Okay, so the actual birthday was a couple of days ago, but close enough. Enjoy some lovely links for August!
Perfectionism is Murdering Your Muse
Veronica Sicoe’s excellent post about how to face and slay that dread beast, perfectionism.
Perfectionists are so obsessed with the fear of failure (which always follows them, since it’s nearly impossible to plan and work for that 1% of stellar success) that they become paralyzed. They constantly overplan, overthink, overprepare, second-guess, change their minds, backtrack and “correct,” then change their plans again, because they can’t face the possibility that their efforts might not lead to absolute success. That they might just be another writer, instead of THE Author.
Romance Novel Think Pieces For Dummies
Jessica Tripler on Bookriot with some – ahem – advice to journalists who want to write about the Romance genre.
1. Use an image of Fabio. He hasn’t graced a romance novel cover in decades but you want your readers to think they recognize him as the guy who’s on all the covers of those books they don’t read.
The One Thing You Need to Know Is Everything
Natalie Damschrode on the Romance University blog about continuing education for writers, but not only about the writing itself.
Jennifer commented on how much publishing has changed since my first post in 2009, so of course the first thing I did was go back and read that. And she’s right. Obviously, authors have so many more options, so much more control over their careers, so many ways to individualize their path to publication. But it struck me that one thing has never changed, not in the 23 years since I started writing romantic fiction.
Education is probably the most important element in the foundation of your writing career.
Angel’s Bits: You Own a Yacht, Right?
Angel Martinez on the Queer Sci-Fi blog talks about some common myths newbie writers believe and can damage their publishing chances.
Turns out said friend writes LGBT Fantasy and was interested in learning about finding a publisher vs. self publishing. And here’s where the tearing of hair and sprinkling of ashes begins. Now, to be fair, Mr. Friend of Friend is new to this game. We were all new at one point, and many of us were led astray by bad information. Many of his statements and/ or questions are common ones from new authors and some of them are ones I’ve heard all along the way.
10 things not to say (or do) to your editor
Andi Marquette with advice for those maybe working with an editor for the first time.
I know what it feels like to be working with an editor who you think is missing the point of your vision, who is crushing your writing dreams by saying a scene doesn’t work, who just might be a cross between a werewolf and a vampire and is merely toying with your emotions before stomping on your ego. I get that. But I also know what it’s like to help a writer realize her vision in clearer, stronger prose so that she goes on to write better prose later and she remains a colleague and works with you many times after that because she trusts you.