The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (November 5)

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How to get started writing a novel
from Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford, Author

10 Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice
from Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer: On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

5 Tips For Writing Better Characters Into Your Screenplay
from Noam Kroll at Noam Kroll: filmmaking, cinematography, & post-production

2 Essential Elements of a Scene
from Ron Estrada at Writer…Interrupted (with Gina Conroy)

Five Critical Components of Any Successful Novel’s Plot
from Victoria Grefer at Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Bonus Resources:

Types of Scenes

Articles on Plot / Articles on Characters

How to Write a Fight Scene

NaNoWriMo Plot and Writing Schedule & Resources for 11/13

International Plot Writing Month

The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (June 18)

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How Do I Write a Great Character?
from Lucy V Hay at Bang2Write

Writing Tip: Know Your Character Truths
from Ava Jae at Writability

Checklist When Writing Scenes (Part 1)
from Kaite O’Reilly at Kaite O’Reilly

The Fine Art of Writing Fast-Paced Action Scenes
from Rayne Hall at Venture Galleries

On Plot Resolution and Closure: When is Your Novel Supposed to End?
from Victoria Grefer at Creative Writing with the Crimson League

The Tuesday Double Five: Writing Process (June 11)

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The First 400 Word Rule for Writing Stonking Novel Openers
from Kat at Beginner Novel Writer’s Tips

Emotional Elements of a Plot
from J Gideon Sarantinos at Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

Creating Great Novel Characters
from Helene Young at Writing Novels in Australia

Character Arcs
from Libby Fischer Hellmann at Libby Fischer Hellmann

What Role Playing Games Taught Me About Writing Bad Characters
from Leslie at Leslie J. Anderson

If You Don’t Respect Characters You Need Your Readers to Root For, Something’s Wrong
from Victoria Grefer at Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Creating Playlists for Characters: Using Music as Inspiration for Creative Writing
from Kimberly Erskine at Official Blog of Kimberly

Make a Scene – Elements of a Good Scene
How to Write Successful Scenes
from Amanda Patterson at Writers Write

Writing Out a Great Scene
from David Farland at David Farland

Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
from Rebecca Sinclair at Eclectics dot com

The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (April 30)

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Setting Up Your Story – Your 3 Point Terrain
from Pepper Basham at The Writers Alley

What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents
from Chuck Sambuchino at Writer Unboxed

What Are Story Arcs in Fiction Writing?
from Freelance Writing

Editing Your Fiction: What Are Your Writing “Tics”?
from Victoria Grefer at Creative Writing with the Crimson League

The Top 7 Reasons Why I Stop Reading a Novel
from Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund: Author & Speaker

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

7 Sites That Will Help You Bring Your Characters to Life


I know, I know, I’m late again. And I can’t even blame it on Columbus this time.


From Deb Dorchak at Behind the Words:
Passion For Characters, an article about the the emotional journey a writer must take to turn flat, two-dimensional characters into well-rounded people who step off the page and into the reader’s imagination.


From Viv at Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking:
Where do heroes come from? Exploring the bond between writer and characters, a similar and very moving article. I couldn’t choose between them; they’re both worth the read.


From Charissa Weaks at The Writer’s Resource:
Threads of a Novel, a three part series about the three main components of a novel:
Part 1: Character Emotional Development Plotline
Part 2: Dramatic Action Plot
Part 3: Thematic Significance

Also take a look at Top 10 Strongest Human Fears on Charissa Weaks’ other page, A Day in the Life of An Aspiring Author. This is a good insight into the collective psyche of humankind, which should be a huge help in designing your characters. The Character Mining workshop handout is also really helpful, and it’s in PDF format for convenient downloading.


From Lisa Hall Wilson at Girls With Pens:
Reactive vs. Proactive Characters: Buffy vs Bella, an article that compares the allure of kickass female warrior Buffy (the vampire slayer) and passive Bella Swan of the Twilight saga. This is another important lesson when building characters.


An old (1998) article from The Lazy Scholar at Writers Write of The Internet Writing Journal:
How to Create a Character Profile, a good explanation for why the sometimes-exhaustive character sketch is important, maybe even crucial, for designing and maintaining the lives of your characters.


Finally, another character sheet from Laura Cushing at Gather, just in case you haven’t yet found one you love.


See you Monday, dear writing friends. I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend.

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?