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

8 Links: Hooking Readers, NaNoWriMo, and More

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From Lyn Midnight‘s WriMos FTW! (a blog-hub for 2011 Nanoers):
Whammo! You hooked ’em! by Julie A. Lindsay
A great article on the importance of hooking readers in the first pages of your novel, including tips to help make that happen.


From Jody Hedlund‘s website:
How to Keep Writing When the Honeymoon is Over
Tips to help you stay with your first draft after the initial euphoria is gone.


From Bob Mayer at Write it Forward:
The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors.
Tips to help you establish and maintain your status as a published writer.


From The Writers’ Workshop:
Quick Guide to Writing Convincing Characters
Another excellent approach to an essential pre-writing step.    


From EelKat on Squidoo:
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods
13 steps to success from one of my favorite Tweeters.


From Scott Eagen‘s blog:
A NaNo No No
If you’re so behind on NaNo you don’t have even a wisp of hope of catching up, take heart. Not everyone believes NaNoWriMo is worth it.


Writing friends on Twitter: follow Jon Winokur (from AdviceToWriters) for excellent daily writing tips.


Finally, just for fun – from The Office of Letters and Light (official organizers of NaNoWriMo):
The 30 Covers, 30 Days Blog
Why not take a break from writing to browse a few well-done book covers? You may find some inspiration here (or at least a cover artist worth bookmarking for the future).