Ciao, amici! What a whirlwind of a week! Mr. Muse returned. I had a book release. A friend visited with a cover reveal. My WIP took a turn I hadn’t expected—and I outline, for Pete’s sake. How did that happen?
The unexpected turn was more antagonist-related than monster-related, but it made something kind of cool really cool. And now I’m ready to turn my monsters loose. That’s why this quote from Stephen King really resonated with me this week:
I try to create sympathy for my characters,
then turn the monsters loose.
Lots of ups this week, and only a few downs. All in all, I can’t complain. I’m still worried about my deadlines, and now my daughter is coming home for a visit, which means less writing time. Does that make me worry more? Absolutely. Do I plan to work through the visit? Absolutely not. When she’s asleep or visiting friends, I’ll squeeze a few words in, but I refuse to give up family time. I see her so infrequently as it is, I can’t ignore her during the time allotted me.
I know I hit your inbox a lot this week. Thanks for putting up with me. I’m 99.99% sure I won’t post again until next week, so you’ll get a break. 😄
In the meantime, how about you tell me about the monsters you turned loose this week?
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Character Sheets | Me
- Scrivener as a Reference Library | P.H. Solomon
- Friday Book Share: A Street Cat Named Bob | Mae Clair
Posts by others in the industry:
- 5 Flash Fiction Tips | Aurora J. Alexander
- 5 Aspects of Strong Character Arcs | MFRW
- Juggling Multiple Projects | Fiction University
- So Much to Know about Writing Guns | Chuck Wendig
- Power of Character Arcs | Jami Gold
- Spot and Eliminate Stage Writing | K.M. Allan
- 11 Tips from Stan Lee | Standout Books
- How and Why to Treat Setting Like Character | The Creative Penn
- Book Promo: Do This, Not That | The Book Designer
- 4 Tips for a Successful Book Fair | Nicholas C. Rossis
- How to Write a Page-Turner, Part 2 | Fiction University
- Exclusivity vs. Wide Publishing | The Creative Penn
- Writing Procrastination | Anne R. Allen
- Visual Timeline in WP with Gutenberg | Natalie Ducey
- Recommending Books to Grow Your Audience | BookBub
- Limited vs. Tight POV | Fiction University
- 6 Superb Ways to End a Novel | Lorraine Ambers
- Backstory in Dialogue in Your Opening | Live Write Thrive
- 5 Mistakes Newbies Make that Kill Stories | Kristen Lamb
- 8 Dialogue-Killing Cliches | Standout Books
- The Final Edit | BookBoby
- How to Structure a Compelling Scene | Well-Storied
- Road Work | Kill Zone
- Publishing Options | Writers Helping Writers
- Layering: The Secret to a Stronger Plot | Standout Books
To make you smile:
- House was Clean Humor | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Every Dog Has His Day | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Snoopy Kiss | Random Short Stories
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Monday Chuckles | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Groaner: Flamingo | Random Short Stories
- Twiggy Jousts a Windmill | 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!