Ciao, amici! The three-day weekend has me all turned around. I’m not sure why, since I worked through the holiday, but I’m muddled all the same. Days off, whether I take them or not, always make the rest of the week hard for me. I never know what day it is, and my plans all fall apart.
Enough about that, though. A bunch of weird stuff happened this week. Family things. Weather things. (I’m seriously considering building an ark.) Work things. At first, I thought I’d incorporate some of these oddities into my WIP (or a future work) because they were just so bizarre, they needed to be shared. Then I realized it was pointless. No one would believe some of this stuff. Which brings me to these wise words by Tom Clancy:
The difference between fiction and reality?
Fiction has to make sense.
And isn’t that that truth? Just because something is fascinating doesn’t mean it’ll make good fiction. Then again, if we construct our stories well, that odd thing that interests us won’t only fit seamlessly into our work, it’ll shine.
What do you think? Are you working on a project with something so bizarre in it, you fear readers won’t believe it? Or did you work it in so it’s the highlight of your story? In my WIP, I’ve got something cool with an alien. I don’t want to give anything juicy away, but there’s a neat Star Wars reference that (I hope) will make people wonder and think until the answer is revealed. It’s definitely unique, but I think it works. (Actually, I think it’s better than just working. I think it’s kind of awesome.) Your turn to share—what’s in your story that’s almost too “out there” to be believed?
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- How Legal Are You? | Harmony Kent
- Expansion Pack: Fairytales | C.S. Boyack
- Bonus Friday: Favorite Lines | Group Post
Posts by others in the industry:
- Amazon Keyword Organizer | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Writing Conference Prep | K.M. Allan
- Feminine WordPress Themes | Natalie Ducey
- 5 Ways to Hook Your Reader | Fiction University
- Serial Killer Research | Sue Coletta
- Duplicate Blog Content | Nicholas C. Rossis
- The MailChimp Controversy | Your First 10K Readers
- MailChimp: What You Need to Know (Plus Alternatives) | David Gaughran
- Top 5 Free Cover Design Tools | Kindlepreneur
- Empathy in Fiction | Standout Books
- 4 Ways to Improve Tension and Pacing | Live Write Thrive
- Rushed Endings | Legends of Windemere
- Tips for Successful Writing Collaborations | Writers Helping Writers
- 5 Tips for When You’re Stuck in a Scene | Fiction University
- 6 Things Forgotten When Naming Characters | Standout Books
- Sci-Fi World Building | The Write Practice
- Discover Your Character | The Write Practice
- Raise Your Novel’s Visibility | Fiction University
- Short Stories as Mini Trilogies | Fiction University
- Game of Thrones Analysis | AutoCrit
To make you smile:
- Caturday Funnies | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Funnies | Storyreading Ape
- Zoo Funnies | Legends of Windemere
- Senior Moments | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Ending Your Story | Legends of Windemere
- Twiggy’s Complaint | 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!