Ciao, amici. Well, I started this week with the best of intentions, then I was derailed almost immediately.
I’d like to thank the Arkansas DMV for mastering quantum physics. I didn’t think it would ever happen, but I stand corrected. If you want to know where time ceases to advance and experience the sixteenth circle of hell, I invite you to walk through their doors.
I got hit with a bunch of editing projects I wasn’t expecting, and I have a few more on my schedule down the road that I’m growing anxious about, so of course I wrote even faster than usual, cognizant of losing drafting time to these current and future projects.
If you believe that, I have some land in Florida I’d like to sell you.
For some reason, the words wouldn’t come this week. I’m on book two of a five-book series, and I just introduced the character I’ve been dying to write since I conceived my overarching plot. Then I sat there, watching the cursor blink. And again. And again. Ad nauseam.
Finally, I mangled a popular slogan by a well known shoe manufacturer as I screamed to myself:
Just freaking do it, already.
But I didn’t. I mean, I did a little. I finished her scene, then I moved to a scene in the POV of a character I hate. And the words flowed.
Makes me wonder what the heck is wrong with me.
In the meantime, I’m determined to have a better week next week. It’ll be a busy one, for sure. But I know it will be an improvement over this one. And I’m wishing you a good one, too.
But what about you this week? How did your writing go? Any breakthroughs? Any problems? Let’s talk about it.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- How to Hone Your Elevator Pitch | P.H. Solomon
- On Becoming a Writer, Part 2 | Joan Hall
- Books You Never Forget | Mae Clair
Posts by others in the industry:
- 5 Tips for Effective Writing | Nicholas C. Rossis
- 7 Tips for Novel Collaboration | Fiction University
- High Quality in One Draft with No Outline | August Birch
- Sleep and the Creative Mind | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Write to Your Strengths | K.M. Allan
- American Realism Genre | Word Dreams
- POV Errors | Re:Fiction
- Eliminating the Unnecessary | Fiction University
- 5 Ways to Create a Memorable Cast of Characters | Fiction University
- Revealing a Character’s Age in Fiction | Fiction University
- Autopsies for Authors | The Creative Penn
- NetGalley Promo Opportunities | Kobo Writing Life
- Character Development Questions | MFRW
- Font Tutorial | Natalie Ducey
- Theme to Create Character Arc | Helping Writers Become Authors
- 12 Archetypes | Kill Zone
- Developing Characters Readers Love | The Write Practice
- SWAG | Kill Zone
- Sell Like Crazy with Facebook Ads | Your First 10K Readers
- The Flow Board | BookBaby
- Myers-Briggs to Build Conflict | Kill Zone
- The Emotionally Intelligent Writer | Writers Helping Writers
- Register in Writing | Standout Books
- 10 Ways to Master Pacing | The Write Practice
- Beer to Bookshelf | Kill Zone
- Standout on Social Media | The Creative Penn
- 5 Tips for Legal Thrillers | Kill Zone
- Negotiate a Better Writing Contract | Standout Books
To make you smile:
- Caturday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- April Fools for Kids | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Punctuation is Everything | Marcia Meara
- Randomly Chosen Meme | Legends of Windemere
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Fowl Play | Bluebird of Bitterness
- INFJ Madness | Jessica Bakkers
- Twiggy and Lucy Observe Yard Work | John W. Howell
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great week! Arrivederci!