Ciao, amici! I’ve got a bonus for you. I was with my daughter last week (and a lot of this week) so I didn’t post last Friday. I did, however, save a lot of links. I didn’t have time to read them all—only some—so I can’t guarantee they’re helpful, but they looked promising. Long story short, I have two week’s of links for you. Hopefully they’re all as good as their titles indicated.
On that note, my inbox, as you might imagine, is laughably out of control. I’m never going to catch up, so I’ve decided not to try. If I missed some (or any) of your posts, I apologize. Moving forward, things will be back to status quo.
I took this time off because I don’t know when I’ll see my daughter again. We tried to figure it out when she was here. Our best guess is it’ll be at least a year (unless we come up with a better option sooner). So you can see why I took the time. Family is so important to me. Which is why, although this isn’t a writing quote, it seemed so fitting for me to use it for my weekly inspiration.
A man should never neglect
his family for business.
Substitute “man” for the more modern “person” and I couldn’t agree more. Walt Disney got it. And for the past ten days, I lived it.
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the US. Families and friends will gather (enjoy the time together because it’s all too fleeting) for picnics and parades. I wish all of you love and laughter, food and fun… even as we remember with a moment of solemnity the grave importance of the day and the ultimate sacrifices that made these celebrations possible.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
I didn’t actually post the past two weeks, but I also didn’t have the time to share posts by my lovely hosts when I released The Gate, so I’m trying to make up for it here. If you haven’t already, please visit these generous bloggers who gave me their platform and deserved more from me in return.
- Hero’s Journey/Monomyth Part 3 | C.S. Boyack
- The Name Game | Joan Hall
- Friday Question: Where Do You Start? | Harmony Kent
- Story Bible | Mae Clair
- Setting Descriptions | Me
- Book Cover Friday: Music of the Deep | Joan Hall
Posts by others in the industry:
- Say More with Less | Live Write Thrive
- Learning from Good Movie Openings | Kill Zone
- Writing on a Deadline | Fiction University
- 6 Reasons No One Reads Your Blog + Solutions | Mixtus Media
- 100 Blog Post Topics for Fiction Writers | Mixtus Media
- Basic Scene Checklist | K.M. Allan
- Reader Targeting | David Gaughran
- The Telling Detail | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Character Development | Writing Your First Novel
- Essentials for Bloggers and Website Owners | Natalie Ducey
- Portraying Violence in Fiction | Louise Harnby
- Advertising, Pt. 1: BookBub | Valerie Biel
- 4 Reasons to Use Action Beats | K.M. Allan
- Bringing Life to Locations | Mythic Scribes
- Gutenberg Carousel Tutorial | Natalie Ducey
- How to Analyze Website Data | Nicholas C. Rossis
- 15 Writing Habits for Success | Written Word Media
- Tools for Authors: Book Brush | Written Word Media
- 5 Ways Authors (Try to) Fake Good Storytelling | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Book Pricing Strategies | IndieReader
- Pacing | Fiction University
- Fingerprint Forensics for Crime Fiction | Louise Harnby
- Facebook Changes | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Build to an Exciting Climax | The Write Practice
- How to Know if You’re Ready for an Editor | Standout Books
- First Draft Revisions | Kill Zone
- Contrasting and Condensing Characters | Writers Helping Writers
- Scenes Through Characters’ Senses | Live Write Thrive
- Saggy Middles | Writers Helping Writers
- Exclusive or Wide |The Creative Penn
- Story Structure in a Flash | Writers Helping Writers
- Deep Dive into POV | Live Write Thrive
- Legal Obligations of Self-Publishing | Standout Books
To make you smile:
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- The Pun Also Rises: Food | Bluebird of Bitterness
- INFJ Truths | Jessica Bakkers
- More Changes | John W. Howell
- Sunday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Beauty Tips/Middle-Aged Momma | Random Short Stories
- Lucy and Twiggy Enjoy Freedom | 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!