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

Using Story Structure to Your Advantage (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/form-fitting.html

What Literary Agents Want to See Before Signing With a Writer (Mally Becker)
http://thewritelife.com/what-literary-agents-want-to-see/
by way of The Author Chronicles

6 Ways to Add Tension (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/07/when-your-scene-is-dragging-5-ways-to-add-tension/

5 Tips For Avoiding POV Speedbumps (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-tips-for-avoiding-pov-speedbumps.html

Finding the Humor: Jokes in the Midst of Tragedy (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/finding-humor-jokes-in-midst-of-tragedy.html

Change (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/06/change/

Welcome to the Shark Tank (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/shark-tank/

How Long is a Chapter? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-long-is-chapter.html

Have Publishers Failed Authors? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/have-publishers-failed-authors/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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jongibbs
May. 10th, 2015 10:02 am (UTC)
Good point. I also think a lot would depend on how that particular publisher is doing at the time.
sallymn
May. 9th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
That one about humour in tragedy was good - it reminded me when I was studying history, The Social History of the Third Reich (at least I think it was that one) had a section on the humour used by the Jews in the concentration camps: their jokes shocked very young me by their clear-eyed honesty, but I've grown to see why it was so necessary even there and then (and some of them were - even to me, so distant from what they were going through and so unable to really understand - funny.

It's incredibly hard to use humour in writing about really black tragedy, I think, and few people get it quite right...
jongibbs
May. 10th, 2015 10:00 am (UTC)
I agree. I think that kind of humor only works when it go down just as well in a far less depressing/horrific situation too.

Ricky Gervais does a couple of hilarious short monologues on Anne Frank and Rosa Parks. On the face of it, you'd think they would be taboo subjects, but it works brilliantly.
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