The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (October 1)


The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft, from K.M. Weiland
3 Ways to Write Stupendous Supporting Charactersfrom S. Alex Martin
at Helping Writers Become Authors

Thickening The Plot
from Lee Laughlin at Live to Write – Write to Live

Stitching Scenes Together: The “Frankenstein” Writing Method
from J.C. Wolfe at The Wolfe’s Den

Reverse Outlining as a Writing Tool
from Bea Wellman at Bubblews

Plot Structure In Novels
from Kate Forsyth at Writing Teen Novels


Resource: Free Writing & Self-Publishing Tools from Duolit

Cool Stuff: Color Script from Scott Pellico on deviantART

The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (April 23)

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Writing Advice: Things to Consider When Planning Your Protagonist’s Death
from Writer’s Relief at Huffington Post: Books

Teasing the Reader – Part 1
from AJ Humpage at All Write – Fiction Advice

Why You Must Trim the Fat in Your Novel, What It Means, and How to Do It
from Naomi Musch at a NOVEL Writing Site

Writing a Novel – Ins & Outs of Outlining
from Zack Keller at his site

Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits
from Maria Popova at Brain Pickings

Bonus Piece of Advice:
Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret
from Brad Isaac at Lifehacker

The Saturday Five: Writing Resources (April 6)


90 Writing Tools in a Single Post
from Jason Boog at Galleycat

For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]
from Danny Stieben at MakeUseOf

Draft Is a Writing App with Serious Version and Draft Control
from Kevin Purdy at Lifehacker

Editorially is the Collaborative Writing Tool We’ve Been Waiting For
from Nathaniel Mott at PandoDaily

First Friday Link Party for Writers – Spring Fling Edition
from Carol Tice at Make a Living Writing

Bonus resource (previously featured on blog):
The Snowflake Method for Designing a Novel
from Randy Ingermanson at Advanced Fiction Writing

10 Links: Novel Development – Methods and More

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Free ‘Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo‘ Online Course (click on link, scroll down and click on name of course) – Thanks to Terri Main on Google+ for this one. (I didn’t link her name because she doesn’t like to be ‘circled’ without permission. She posted this in a public note though, so I’m assuming it’s okay to share this information. If anyone tells me otherwise, I’ll delete immediately.) You can log in as a guest user for this course. Enrollment key is “vipaccess.”
October 1-8: Developing your Novel Concept: Premise, Main Characters, Basic Story Development
October 9 – 15: Developing Character and Setting
October 16 – 22: Plot: Pantser or Plotter? Preparing your storyline your way.
October 23-31: During the Month: Time Management, Social Support, Writers Block and Having Fun!


For the Plotters:


From Randy Ingermanson at Advanced Fiction Writing dot com: The Snowflake Method – A calculated, step-by-step method to planning your novel. It seems to be pretty popular among plotters.


From Margaret McGaffey-Fisk at Forward Motion for Writers (Make an account to access other very cool features of the site, including a NaNo Board): Footsteps to a Novel. A lighter approach to plotting with a simple formula to calculate the length of time it would take to finish a novel (using daily word goal and number of weekdays you’re willing to dedicate to writing it).


From Holly Lisle at Holly Lisle dot comHow to Start a Novel (with links at each step to other informative articles) and Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure (a method I discovered years ago on Holly’s site and still use in some form for many projects). There is a wealth of free information around the main site, so peruse away!


From James Chartrand at Men With Pens: Five Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel. Don’t miss this one.


From Marg McAlister at Ezine ArticlesProblems with Plot – Episodic Writing – Informative article. Good points to remember when planning your story. Her author page is also worth a look.


For the Pantsers:


From Larry Brooks at Story Fix dot com: The Pantser’s Guide to Story Planning, Part 1 and Part 2. Also be sure to check out his Nail Your NaNoWrMo October feature, 31 days of NaNo project development tips.


For the writers who just can’t make up their minds:.


From Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds: 25 Ways to Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. Twenty-five ways, people. All you need is ONE to work for you. (This is worth the read even if you know which camp you’re in.)


How is the NaNo project development going?