Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Mandy Wallace

Admit it. Plotting a novel can be a bitch. You start down the path all plucky and excited to translate your beautiful novel onto the page, and what happens? Characters fall flat. Tension fizzles out. Scenes go nowhere. And climax ideas feel, well, anticlimactic.

Pretty soon the cursor on your screen has been blinking so long you’d swear it’s trying to hypnotize you into some plot-devoid pit of despair.

That’s why it pays to have a few plot tools like these in your back pocket.

Last week, we covered three renowned novelists’ trust-your-writing plot tips from the online writing course through University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, How Writers Write Fiction.

Get caught up if you missed them. They’re definitely worth the look, especially if you prefer a more organic—or what some would call the “panster”—approach to writing.

Today, though, we’re covering plot tips for planners. Outline-lovers. Structure-o-philes. Whatever we call ourselves. These plot tools—from How Writers Write Fiction lecturer,Bruce Elgin—will feel like the writers tool belt for anyone who gets the willies from hitting the blank page unprepared.

Even if you love the panster approach (it’s my go-to for short and flash fiction writing), these tools may save your story next time you’re stuck. Hey, we’re all writers here. Getting stuck happens.

What I loved best about Elgin’s lecture on writing and plot is that, like last week’s novelist lineup, he says it’s important to trust you’re writing. But then he hands over a ton of great tools to help you get unstuck anyway.

Here are some of my favorites.

Unstick Your Plot Tool #1: Define Character Desire vs Need

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  • 7 Tips for a Writing Partnership — Guest: Jennifer Hale | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  • How Are You? Good vs. Well #writetip
  • Lesson learned from a critique group: ‘why’ is the magic question for storytellers | Nail Your Novel
  • Pretentious Title: Writing Wednesdays: The Not-So-Secret Formula to Writing Character Driven Stories
  • 5 Hard-Hitting Plot Tools To Unstick Your Story
  • Fiction University: 7 Tips to Make the Most of Working with a Cover Designer
  • Common Mistakes Authors Make...and How to Avoid Them! Tip #1 - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  • Writability: A 2015 Diversity Reading Analysis
  • 7 Ways Author Websites Irritate Readers  
  • Busting 6 Strong Female Character Stereotypes (What I Learned Writing Storming) - Helping Writers Become Authors  
  • Author, Jody Hedlund: 8 Tips For Picking Meaningful Character Names  
  • Writing a Compelling Story | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors  
  • Are You Making These 4 Common Dialogue-Writing Mistakes?  
  • Translation For Indie Authors Plus ProfanaciĆ³n in Spanish | The Creative Penn
  • Does Your Author Site Convert? —and other questions your website data can answer |  
  • Tearing Our Passions to Tatters
  • Writing to Market | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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