Writing – Learning’s and Links

Take what you need from this post and the links and leave the rest behind. Try to avoid thinking that every story you write has to contain every piece of advice you read or hear regarding plot, arc, story and structure. Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself thinking that your story doesn’t have everything the websites below are telling you it’s supposed to have or that you have to find a way to get them into your story. Just write.

Keep a notebook handy (or a notes app on your phone)
Really, do it. Don’t take the chance that your idea is so great that you could not possibly forget it, you will.

Get advice from the pros for free
Listen to podcasts. If you have iTunes, search on the term “writing” and you’ll get quite a few podcasts. I recommend Writing Excuses and I Should Be Writing (ISBW). Both of these podcasts are chocked full of helpful tools, tips and advice in relaxed settings from great writers. If you need help with grammar (you might be surprised at how much you don’t know, I was), I recommend Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

What’s my genre?
Don’t stress out about genre or which one your writing may fit, that will make itself known in time. If you’re wondering how many there are and the particulars for each, a list of genres with book examples can be found here.

For a list of sub-genres with particulars for each go here.

Write every day
Set a daily writing goal. Even if it’s only 250 words, do it every day. Also, not every sentence you write needs to be the beginning, middle or end of the next great literary masterpiece, that’s too much pressure to put on yourself. Just write. If I find myself stuck, I do some additional brainstorming about the scene I’m trying to write and I always find that I can use something that helps me continue.

Think you need buckets of talent to become a writer?
Throw that idea out the window and watch noted writer and illustrator Howard Tayler speak to that here. The link will take you to the first part of a four part eye-opening and inspiring series that I was very glad to have found. Mr. Tayler is also one of the talented hosts of the Writing Excuses podcast mentioned above.

Links, links, links

Plot:

http://beyondthemargins.com/2011/07/pumping-up-the-plot-6-vital-signs-of-a-healt…
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/how-to-plot-a-novel.html
http://www.stellacameron.com/contrib/plot.html

Story Arc:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-structure-a-story-the-eight-point-arc/
http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm

General Writing Websites:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/
http://writerssolutions.com/
http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/
http://www.writersdigest.com/
http://www.writing.com/

If any of this helps you with your writing or if you have anything to add, please leave me a comment.

Happy writing!

Karen

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~ by Karen Miraz on February 17, 2013.

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