Still needing some sleep, but am mostly recovered from Mardi Gras. Since I missed last week, these linkies go back 2 weeks. Enjoy!
Song playing right now on my playlist: “The Promise,” from The Piano soundtrack.
Writing and the Writing Life:
- Jami Gold has a trick for finding your POV’s voice: Need Voice? Think Out Loud. She followed up with this post: Can We Have Too Much Voice?
- Mooderino has this advice for starting out your novel: You Don’t Put The Punchline First; and to make sure your characters’ emotions are consistent: Condition Of Your Transition
- A Deep POV Refresher Course with Elisabeth Staab
- Kristen Lamb weighs in with some caution on the Amazon debate: Amazon–Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
- The Bookshelf Muse has advice on how to add plot in layers: The Plot Thickens
- And Lydia Sharp has More Proof That Book Titles Are an Important Part of Your Query Pitch
- The only problem with ‘chick lit’ is the name
- Why Romances Are a Valid & Important Form of Literature
- Donna MacMeans – Creating Characters for the Keeper Shelf – some great stuff here. I immediately marked up my first chapter with tick marks looking for these and found ways to revise it to make my hero more accessible early on.
- Some cute P&P notebooks being sold on Etsy and bookmarks. Heck, this artist has a lot of Austen related cool things for sale
- Now this is an awesome idea: someone’s taken a clothbound edition of P&P and converted it into an iPod/iPhone charging station!
- A S&S book purse
- Best baby portrait ever!
Randomness and Geekdom:
- An LOTR “You Shall Not Pass” teacher stamp for grading those papers! Unfortunately it sold out, but maybe you could fave it to see if they make more
- And I’ll leave you with this:
3 Replies to “Weekend Grab Bag – From Writing Tips to Vader ‘You Can’t Touch This’”
Oh. My. Gosh! I just shared that video on Facebook. That’s hilarious. Thanks so much for these great links. There are several I missed, so I’m going to start clicking away!
Wonderful grab bag again this week. Kristen Lamb is dead on with her commentary about Amazon. It goes beyond trying to strong-arm MacMillan though. They’ve been putting the squeeze on indie publishers as well. I don’t buy any books from Amazon anymore.
Love that dancing Vader!
Great list of helpful links…. Thanks!