November Links

I wonder how many words I’ve done for NaNoWriMo when this posts?

Afloat, One Girl: Forging a Queer Identity
Moving post by Liz on Queer Romance Month about how important various books have been over her life.

But for myself, the only time I ever felt validated in my feelings was when I read. I got my validation from books. I read all the time—it was a family thing. We all read at any available opportunity, and our tiny Soviet apartment was filled to the brim with books. My dad’s books were a weird mix of his field (physics) and his hobbies (Arabian tales, fables, history of all kinds), while my mom loved fiction. As my sister and I would hit a new developmental milestone, she would give us her favorite childhood books in a nearly ritualistic way. This was important to me, and it will be important to you.

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September Links

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.

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Linky Birthday to me

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.

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July Links

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.

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