Week’s Links…

…is on a new day, yes. Just doing some restructuring of the blog. You know, like what most networks do when you finally get the programming schedule memorized, “they” change it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I figured I’d spread the love, LOL!)

Anywho, without further ado, here’s my fav blog posts for the week. Enjoy!

How to Write a Novel by Steph Bowe: http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-write-novel.html

Christine Fonseca is sharing what she learned from an SCBWI conference she attended! Lots of great tips and themes emerged. Check it out! http://christinefonseca.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/what-i-learned-at-scbwi-crafting-historical-fiction/

Nathan Bransford asks the question: Should You Self-Publish? He offers ten questions to ask yourself if it’s something you’re considering. http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/should-you-self-publish-ten-questions.html

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Seriously. Check out this blog post if you’re interested in working some tension-building denial into your work. It’s pretty spot on and it has a Star Wars reference. A win-win situation, folks. http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/66

This next post is from the same site, but it speaks to something that is subtle and therefore, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. For real. Subtle is BIG. Check it out and see if you do it in your writing!

Okay, so what the H-E-double hockey sticks am I talking about? Why, I’m talking about examining if you’re accidentally dismembering your characters, of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you’re not sufficiently curious to click the link, I’ll give an example. (But I’ll give the link first!)ย http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/62

Okay, so you know when you’re looking for variety in the words you use and the actions you describe for your characters? Well, have you ever done this:

Ex. A gunshot broke the silence. My fear rose. Hiding behind the dumpster, my eyes scanned the alleyway for danger.

Compelling, no? But let me point out that “fear” doesn’t technically “move.” It’s a feeling. And “eyes” don’t “scan,” a person does, which leads me to the question: Did you notice what’s missing from this exchange? The actual character. We’re seeing his or her “fear” and “eyes,” but not him or her. Heck, we don’t even really know if it’s a him or her!

All right, so go check out the post before I end up completely rewriting it here, LOL!

ADD ON: Editorial Ass is having a contest! You could win a crit! Ends today at 11pm EST!!! http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2010/03/half-million-and-counting.htmlย 

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If you’re like me, then you’re working steadfastedly (is that a word?) on adding “voice” to your manuscript. Check out Jana Hutcheson’s review of a super-helpful how-to book on using your “voice.”ย  http://allimsaying-jhutcheson.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-to-book-review.html

Lacking confidence? Check out this blog post by Nathan Bransford (Psst, it’s true, I’ve read the literature about it. There, that got your interest, no? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ): http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/do-you-lack-confidence-in-your-writing.html

Stina Lindenblatt, YA writer and photographer, has added a great blog post series, Cool Links Friday to her blog, and for sure, she found some pretty GREAT posts! Check it out: http://www.stinalindenblatt.com/2010/03/cool-links-friday_26.html

Ohmigosh, QueryTracker.net Blog announced an Agent Pitch Contest! Submissions are being accepted on MONDAY, so get your pitch and first para ready now! Here’s a link to the post with the deets: http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2010/03/publishing-pulse-32610.html

For the humorous side, you HAVE to click this link. It’s so effing funny! http://microsuede.blogspot.com/2009/11/movie-review-twilight-saga-new-moon.html (Thanks, Danyelle, for posting this on Facebook!)

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Oh, this is a good one–it begs for self-relfection and contemplation. Awesome! Thanks Michelle Zink! http://michellezinkbooks.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/blogging-the-blogosphere/

Using precise words precisely by Zoe C. Courtman: http://zoecourtman.blogspot.com/2010/03/shambling-toward-word-choice.html

This link is the first in a series of three posts regarding sexuality in YA. All three are good, so check ’em out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  http://blog.shaundavidhutchinson.com/2010/03/ya-sexuality-part-i-full-disclosure.html

Nathan Bransford’s post about repetition, though short, makes an entirely pointiferous point about using repetition in making a point. (*grin*) http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/blog-post-on-repetition-repetition-that.html

This site is pretty cool if you love books. (And since you’re reading this blog, I’m gonna assume you like books.) I Heart Monster is hosting a Michelle Zink signed copy of Prophecy of the Sisters contest!: http://www.iheartmonster.com/2010/03/prophecy-of-sisters-by-michelle-zink.html

Now, for a little fun. If you’ve ever wondered why the Exitentialist Olympics never got off the ground, here’s your reason: http://mcsweeneys.net/2010/3/4nathan.html

Ever wonder where your comment goes? More of McSweeneys (Who is this guy, anyway and why did it take me so long to find him?): http://mcsweeneys.net/links/commenter/1commenter.html ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This week, the Query Shark describes how query letters are like figure skating:ย ย http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

Some query math: http://blog.redsofaliterary.com/2010/03/10/some-agency-math/

A big thanks to Georgia McBride for tweeting this: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/147714.html Where urban fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater blogs about “writing, folklore, and the creative life.” In this link, she gives “Ten Rules for Query Letters.” (you may have to scroll down the page, but it’s there ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Trolling sometimes leads to great catches…check out this YA writer’s blog (she has great tips for query writing!): http://shanasilver.livejournal.com/ Shana Silver is a computer animator by day and a YA writer by night.

Behler’s Blog discusses plausibility this week: http://behlerblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/research-plausibility/

Where does your novel belong? QT blog discusses the importance of knowing what genre you write:ย http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2010/03/shelf-awareness-in-novel-genres-and.html

What’s so great about a critique group? Here’s the answer: http://allimsaying-jhutcheson.blogspot.com/2010/03/critique-group-basics.html

Wonder what the Seven Stages of Receiving Critiques are? Follow this link: http://charlotteotter.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/seven-stages-of-receiving-critiques/

For those of us in the mood for a little contest fun that works our creativity: http://chimeracritiques.com/blog/?p=333

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And finally, for Twihard fans: The Eclipse trailer is OUT! (Personally, I have mixed feelings about the while franchise, which I will keep to myself, but I’m still gonna see the film, LOL!): http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-twilight-eclipse-first-look.html

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