Today I bring you linky goodness from several corners of the internet:
At Laurel's Leaves, Laurel Garver discusses how to provide room for main characters to grow and change.
"By starting at the wrong place emotionally, I'd left no room to grow
beyond simply intensifying that one emotion. ... For conflict to work
well in a story, it needs space to escalate over chapters. This might
mean rethinking the emotional starting place for your protagonist."
Janni Lee Simner
is hosting a great guest-post series on her blog called Writing for the
Long Haul, about how to sustain a writing career in this volatile
world. To demonstrate, I give you an excerpt from Judith Tarr:
"I also realized, slowly, that for all the trauma and the drama and the
hard times, I was lucky. I had gone through my own collapse while the
publishing world I’d grown up in had also changed profoundly—and I was
forced to adapt."
I also suggest following the whole series as it develops on Janni's blog.
A post that really spoke to me was this one from the blog A Wild Ride, on that elusive something that can bring a story to life:
I set out to discover what, exactly, created that feeling of vividness.
Is it voice? Prose? Plot? Characters? Setting? Some mystical
combination of all these elements? Some perfect proportion, magical
Golden Ratio, that I missed? Is there a formula?"
Finally, there's Stacey Jay discussing how someone once told her her dream was never gonna happen. We all know those naysaying voices. They seem to ring with such authority ...
as Stacey says: "... I just think about that flat out denial of my
chances and how wrong that prophecy turned out to be, and it helps give
me the courage to try to new things, to keep going when I see signs
pointing toward possible doom. ... Haters are going to hate, there's no
stopping them, but those negative voices telling you that you will never
achieve your goals are not predicting your future. Those voices are
just voices and you CAN prove them wrong."