For the Writer…

  • WritersDigest - The Key to Creating Great Characters
    Among the great strokes of good fortune — and there were many junctures where I could have gone awry — was the decision to write about, via fiction, my small marina family at Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island, Florida, where I was a fishing guide from 1974 to 1987.  This marina family embraced a wider tribe of watermen from along the Gulf Coast, fascinating characters, and also decent, caring people, who now populate my novels. First, ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • The Write Practice - The Truth About Book Publishing: 3 Stories All Writers Need to Hear
    The stories we tell ourselves are like glasses through which we understand the world. They define the field we play on and guide the decisions we make, whether about book publishing or any other area of our lives. Unfortunately, in the world of writing and publishing, there are a lot of false narratives floating around that create a romantic idea about the life of an author that can end in self-doubt, frustration, and stagnation. To ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith - Story Twenty-Three plus stuff
    DAY TWENTY-THREE… Started off the day at the writer’s lunch around 2 p.m. About twelve or so writers and great discussions, since five or six were there from the just-finished science fiction workshop. Great lunch, folks. Great discussions. Thanks! Then I basically took the rest of the day off until around 2:30 a.m. I napped, watched a bunch of television, napped some more. Didn’t even do the cover for the story from yesterday. So two ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • WriterUnboxed - When Good Characters Behave Despicably (and They Should)
    Flickr Creative Commons: Luis RamirezSeveral years ago I read The Underpainter, a novel by Jane Urquhart. The protagonist, Austin Fraser, creates a series of paintings depicting the people who have touched his life, then erases the details by applying progressively lighter shades of paint. Over the course of the novel, the paintings become a metaphor for how an emotionally crippled man has avoided true connection. Urquhart herself said in a June 2001 interview with January ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • Helping Writers Become Authors - 3 Ways to Make Your Writing More Visual
    Written fiction is comparatively unique among art forms. Why? Because it isn’t visual. Unlike theater, dance, painting, sculpture, and photography, writing offers no inherent visual images. And yet, as any reader can tell you, reading a good story is a tremendously visual experience. This means you, as the writer, bear an important responsibility to make your writing more visual. Think about your favorite book from childhood. You see it, don’t you? Think about the novel you’re currently ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - New Literary Agent Alert: Sarah Bedingfield of the Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency
    Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sarah Bedingfield of the Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Sarah: Prior to joining LGR in 2016, Sarah began her publishing career in trade fiction editorial at Crown and Hogarth. There, she worked with a range of bestselling and award-winning novels, including The Barrowfields ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • The Write Life - A Step-by-Step Guide for Featuring Quotes in Your Blog Posts
    Pick up any newspaper or magazine, and you’ll see something that’s fairly unusual in the blogging world: most articles contain several quotes – words from people other than the author. Here’s the start of a BBC News article, for instance, with the quotes marked up: By including quotes in your blog posts, you can: Add authority to your own words. Perhaps you’ve got some great thoughts about parenting toddlers…but you’ll have more impact on ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • Jane Friedman - Today’s Publishing Landscape: Two Generations of Literary Agents Speak Out
    Today’s guest post is a literary agent Q&A by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. How do agenting styles vary within the same family? Are there generational differences when agents approach opportunities such as self- and hybrid publishing, which didn’t exist until a few years ago? Or in how they define their role, which in some ways is ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - How Writers Can Retrain Their Brain to Tune Out Distractions
    Last week we started talking about distractions and how this era we live in has corrupted us. We are so easily distracted by tech, so it’s no wonder it’s so hard to get a good chunk of writing done. Not only is our time impacted by the countless distractions; the quality of our writing suffers. I mentioned that Larry Rosen, PhD, a research psychologist and author of Disorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Audiobook Production, Distribution And Sales With J. Daniel Sawyer
    Publishing industry reports continue to show the rise of audiobook sales, and there are lots of opportunities for indie authors to get their books out there in audio. In today’s show, J. Daniel Sawyer explains some of the options. In the intro, I mention the Digital Book World report on what’s fueling the audiobook boom, plus why Amazon opening up in Australia is a good thing for customers but will cause a massive disruption to ... read more
    Published on Monday, April 24th, 2017
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