Alright, now that Christmas - or whatever else you might have been celebrating - is totally over, we've welcomed the new year, we're done with the posts reviewing 2016, the holiday decorations have been taken down, and we've finished discussing my goals for 2017, it's time to return to our regular Wednesday posts, complete with a selection of links and articles I've gathered over the past couple of weeks, which I hope you will find interesting, and maybe even useful. So... Enjoy!
STORYSTORM started on January 1st 2017, and there have been some great posts as part of it. Like this one about how to mind and not mind when it comes to your writing, and story ideas. Or this one on how autocorrect and typos can inspire you, or this one on how a change of perspective can spark a story idea. Even if you didn't sign up for STORYSTORM, the posts are worth reading (don't worry if you didn't sign up... I didn't either, but I'm still reading the posts).
Are there any immortal beings in your current work in progress? If so, these seven tips to writing immortal characters may be just what you need to make them believable.
Immortal beings or not, here are some tips for creating tone through dialogue.
There are all sorts of rules when it comes to things like spelling and grammar, as you no doubt know. Now, most of them are sensible ones you should pay attention to, or at least have a really good reason for breaking. Sometimes, however, there are rules that are, quite frankly, kinda dumb, and you can feel free to ignore those. Here's an example of three such rules.
Every writer has their weakness. You know? That one thing you know you need to do differently next time, or not do at all, but still do it anyway. Regardless of what yours is, here's a post with some tips on how to sort out the weaknesses in your writing.
If one of your goals for this year is to get serious about marketing in 2017, you may want to read this article. Of course, there are other things you need to be doing when it comes to marketing too, but that's a great place to start. Another post you may want to take a look at is this one on internet marketing. Plus, this list of marketing ideas, and this list of 20 ways to get yourself out there as a writer, may give you some suggestions on things to try.
Remember, fellow authors, don't burn yourself out! Just bear that in mind, regardless of your writing goals for 2017.
Oh, and... Speaking of writing goals - or resolutions - for the year... Here are six tested tips for keeping your writing resolutions. I agree with the tips, though I disagree with something that was said in the post about publishing. The post says you can't choose whether you get published, so that's not a valid resolution, since you can't be in control of it. But that's not entirely true. If you're going down the traditional publishing route, sure, the choice as to whether or not you get published is out of your hands. However, if you self-publish, you can control when your book is published, and publishing your novel by x date is actually a valid resolution. Just saying.
Anyway... Last, but not least, for those of you wondering how you can show support for an author friend or family member, here are some ways you can support the author in your life.