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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Writing to a Theme (Elizabeth Spann Craig) http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/2013/11/writing-to-theme.html

9 Ways To Undermine Your Characters’ Best Laid Plans (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2013/11/14/9-ways-to-undermine-your-characters-best-laid-plans/

Storytelling (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2013/11/13/the-business-rusch-storytelling/

Writing with Two Heads (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/11/writing-with-two-heads.html

Should Unpublished Novelists Build Platforms? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/unpublished-novelists

Three Men and a Manuscript: A Forum on the Storytelling Craft (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/three-men-and-a-manuscript-a-forum-on-the-storytelling-craft

Solicitation Alert: Bloggingbooks (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2013/11/solicitation-alert-bloggingbooks.html

5 Tips for Writing Themed Submissions (Karen Nelson)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/5-tips-for-writing-themed-submissions/

When Your Story Takes a Vacation - 5 Ways to Cope (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2013/11/when-your-story-takes-vacation-5-ways.html

Three Deadly Potholes That Await (to swallow your story) Along the Writing Road (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/three-deadly-potholes-that-await-to-swallow-your-story-along-the-writing-road
(Sorry, this post seems to have gone walkabout. I'll replace the link if it ever returns)

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012, and last week’s list.

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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temporus
Nov. 15th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Looks like the last article link doesn't work.
jongibbs
Nov. 16th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
Thanks Ed. It was on my Feedly summary, but no longer appears on the actual website.
writerjenn
Nov. 16th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Writing with Two Heads was interesting--I've never written collaborative fiction, but might try it someday.
jongibbs
Nov. 16th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
For me, I think it would depend on the what, and the who with :)
ladysaotome
Nov. 19th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed (& wholeheartedly agreed with) "Storytelling". I read a book similar to her example last year. I'm still getting over how upset I was when I finished it! ;)

"Undermining" was interesting but I think there are a lot of caveats that got left out of the list. So often I have read books that followed those do's/don'ts but there was no reasoning for the character to follow them. So the reader just gets annoyed and frustrated instead.
jongibbs
Nov. 21st, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
'I have read books that followed those do's/don'ts but there was no reasoning for the character to follow them.

I know what you mean, Kat. Most of the time, it's easy enough to provide a reason - though the teenager taking a candle up to the attic to investigate a creepy sound during a blackout requires a bit of explaining if a writer wants folks to take the rest of the story seriously :)
ladysaotome
Nov. 21st, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
lol - right?! I read one recently where the main character was attacked and the attacker said all sorts of odd things just before she managed to escape. But, of course, she doesn't share any of those odd tidbits when describing the attack/attacker to authorities. Until chapters later when no one has been able to catch the guy and, of course, what he said instantly identifies him to the ones hunting him. Grr!
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