Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wisdom on the web

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:
"So 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 ...
But 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."


  1. The Judith Tarr article was very interesting. I remember reading her a lot twenty years or more ago -- but then not having seen much from her in a long while. I guess that explains it.

    Seems more and more authors are turning to ebooks and taking back control of their careers. Food for thought.

    1. The more I see of long-term writing careers, the more I realize flexibility and adaptability are useful qualities!