Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a hodgepodge of work and family activities. No two days were the same. I kind of like that (although not when it involves loved ones having surgery—my dog on Tuesday and my dad today). But in general, I think variety makes my mind sharper.
I believe it makes things better, too. Felix Mendelssohn said it best:
The essence of the beautiful
is in unity of variety.
If I need a doctor for something, I absolutely want a specialist. But if we’re talking art (like writing) or even everyday life, I want variety. Melody and harmony. Warm colors and cool. Sweet and savory.
Research and outlining and writing and editing.
It’s the combination of different aspects that takes the tedious and mundane and elevates it to something wonderful.
Every day this week I had a different task to complete, and I think they all went better because I didn’t have time to get bored (and therefore careless) with them.
How was your week? The same thing every day, or was variety the spice of your life? And which do you prefer? 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 Improve Your Newsletter Results | P.H. Solomon
- Professional Edits | Joan Hall
- Friday Writing Question: Hooks | Me
Posts by others in the industry:
- Five Tips for Finding the Motivation to Write | Well-Storied
- 10 Tips for Better Writing, Marketing, and Selling | IndieReader
- Research Genre to Write Better Stories | The Write Practice
- Grow Your Audience with 12 Content Writing Tips | AutoCrit
- Tips for Writing Legal Thrillers (by a Criminal Lawyer) | Lit World Interviews
- Barnes and Noble | Nicholas C. Rossis
- How Amazon Destroyed Publishing | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Showing Emotions in First Person | Fiction University
- How to Write Interesting Scenes | Helping Writers Become Authors
- Using Objects in Dialogue and World-Building | Fiction University
- Organize Feedback for Revision | The Write Practice
- Gunfight Options for Police Fiction | The Kill Zone
- Is It Good to Open with a Dead Guy | The Kill Zone
- 7 Tips for Writing Characters with Healing Powers | Legends of Windemere
- 7 Analytics that Matter | eClincher
To make you smile:
- Bibliophile Humor | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Monday Funnies | The Storyreading Ape
- Father’s Day Memes (I love the Ron Swanson one.) | Legends of Windemere
- Bumper Snickers | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Twiggy the Cop | 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!