Five Links 11/9/19
1. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/11/stretch-your-style.html “Not every writer is interested in style. If they can write lean, mean plots that move, with interesting characters and a satisfying ending, that’s enough. They’d rather write fast and turn out more work than spend extra time trying to find the “right” words.
Isaac Asimov was such a writer. He purposely developed a stripped-down style so he could churn out the books. He was once asked what he would do if he found out he had just six months to live. “Type faster,” he said.” I can see both sides. I want my stories to be the most important, but I’d love to add a little zip to things. I read poetry every other morning and keep a journal for morning writing or those late-night thoughts.
5. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/11/08/writing-for-audio-first-with-jules-horne/ “Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing, but how do you make sure your books sound good in audio?
How can you improve your writing so listeners come back for more of your books?
In this interview, Jules Horne gives some tips for audio-first writing.”
Research & Some Fun Bits:
1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/11/08/what-can-we-learn-from-comments-as-bloggers-plus-tips-d-g-kaye-writer/ “I do try to live my life with the adage of ‘Do unto others’ mantra. That’s what inspired me to share this comment I received. I try my best to keep my blog ‘clean’ and not crowded, and thought I’d pass on a few tips. Now, I do know that sometimes my blog posts will have the occasional wonky formating in them – courtesy of WordPress and theme not playing nice. But I do use the ‘preview’ before scheduling a post to make sure it doesn’t look wonky, and sometimes, there are conditions beyond my control, which I will always state on my blog so that others don’t think I’m being sloppy. So below, I’ll mention a few options we have in our WordPress editors to enhance the reader’s experience.” Comments usually show me what readers like and don’t like.
2. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/edit-online-graphics-editor-review/ “Today’s post is the second of a 4-part series that started with DesignCap’s review. The series explores three sites that can help you create stunning visuals and offer a free version.
As a bonus, some of them will give away free subscriptions to the first five of my readers to click on the links at the end!
How EDIT can help you
EDIT is an online graphics editor service. It promises to simplify your design experience by offering you a bunch of templates to choose from.”
4. https://amylsauder.com/2019/11/07/stories-of-an-author-encountering-readers/ “As an introvert, I was surprised to find one of my favorite things about being an author is in-person events. Because y’all are seriously so fun to meet and connect with. Here are just a few encounters I’ve had in my year of being published:
I don’t know what it is, but kids are always interested in my table. I need kids books.
A girl around 6 years old wanted my psychopathic murderer book. Her mom told her when she got older she’d be able to read a book that big. Skipped right over the whole scary murderous part, just said she needed to work her way up to bigger books. #parentinggoals, am I right?
I told the girl she could take a collectors card instead, and she picked up Cami’s BFF, a real safe choice.” Her readers sound a-mazing!
Some Things More Serious:
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
“Diana over at mythsofthemirror has a new challenge out for November:
Write from the point of view of a creature that doesn’t exist in the “real” world.”
2. https://jenanita01.com/2019/11/02/what-do-you-see-encounter-with-air/ “Dear friends, as some of you know that our dear Hélèneused to do this Prompt and after her sad departure, I have felt that this gap needs to be filled. I have decided to take this challenge up and as a trial, I will post 4 challenges for the next 4 Mondays at 12:00 am PST, every Monday morning. And we shall see where to go from there. I hope that you will” I enjoy prompts. I learn something new every time. Currently, I’m working with another writer to improve my craft at short stories.
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
2. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/bookreview-christmas-cupcakes-and-a-caper/ “It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep.
Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t. Anna, the pink-haired baker extraordinaire of Callie’s Cakes, is convinced the student’s death was not an accident. She drags Callie and Kristie along with her as she attempts to discover who killed the elf … um… student.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the killer before Christmas is ruined?”
4. https://teripolen.com/2019/11/07/the-prisoner-of-cell-25-michael-vey-1-by-richard-paul-evans-bookreview-ya-fantasy/ “My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.”
5. https://johnwhowell.com/2019/11/07/thursday-a-little-personal-serang-a-new-book-by-c-s-boyack/ “Let me try again. Serang was a popular character in Voyage of the Lanternfish. Her origin is pretty amazing, and Craig decided to turn that into a book. It supports the Lanternfish trilogy, but isn’t part of the trilogy. It also helps quell that urge for more Lanternfish while he finishes writing the remaining tales.
Serang’s father was a fisherman, and he died when she was very young. Her mother abandoned her at a monastery, and she was raised by monks. She learned things she never would have learned otherwise, like reading, writing, and martial arts. She also adopted a lifestyle of service to others and sharing what she has.
Fathers are kind of a driving force behind Voyage of the Lanternfish. James became who he is, because of his father’s actions. Dan also had some father issues he dealt with, and even Mal dealt with some of this from the father’s point of view.
Serang never let go of her father, either. Her memories are limited to the idea that he was a fisherman. She and her master were helping a village, because the Emperor took nearly everything they have for his”