The long weekend is over for those of us in the US and it’s time to get back to work. Here are the links I shared on Tuesday via Twitter (@DancingOnCoals).
I began with one of my favorite speeches on creativity: Christoph Niemann’s terrific speech: How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces on 99U. I’ve shared it before, but it’s definitely worth sharing again.
On Confessions of a Mystery Novelist, Author Margot Kinberg discusses some crime writers whose private lives are quite mysterious in She’s Still a Mystery to Me
Andrea Balt offers 12 Vital Business Lessons for Dreamers & Artistpreneurs that are worth a look.
I know it doesn’t sound exciting, but judging from the rapidly increasing rate of wrong apostrophe usage, everybody on the planet should read this article from Daily Writing Tips: Use of the Apostrophe in Possessive Constructions.
Author Elizabeth Spann Craig offers us this article on description in fiction: Description: Letting Readers Fill in the Gaps.
Is something missing in your action novel? Read Action and Reaction from Ellen T. McKnight.
I was thinking a lot about plotting and how much I once hated the idea of outlining/plotting a novel before I wrote. Of course, that was also back before I ever wrote to the end of any manuscript, and certainly before I ever sold one. I made up my own system of “organic” plotting while writing my very first completed novel, which earned me representation from the first agent who saw it and sold in a 3-book contract to the first publisher to which it was submitted. I decided I must have done something right, and started sharing my plotting ideas with others. Even all these books later, I find that my writing experience of any novel is better (read: smoother) if I use the organic plotting method, either before I write the first draft, or afterward, before I launch into revisions. If you’re interested, find out more here.