An overview of my first week plotting book 4 in my fantasy series.
This week’s best thing: Plotting! Perhaps my favorite part of the writing process.
- Michael Hauge character development – This article is what started it all for me in terms of understanding this method for creating inner conflict: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/08/the-inner-struggle-guides-for-using.html
- Plot vs. Character by Jeff Gerke – https://amzn.to/2JMZTX0
- Creating Character Arcs by KM Weiland – https://amzn.to/2LVOp6t
- The Negative Trait Thesaurus – with Reverse Character Backstory tool – https://amzn.to/2YJmyIj
- Dan Wells 7 Point Plot Structure – https://hunterswritings.com/2016/09/16/7-point-story-structure-resources/
- Save the Cat Beat Sheet – https://jamigold.com/2012/02/how-to-use-the-save-the-cat-beat-sheet/
- The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin – https://amzn.to/2EuRDrx
Starting a brand new book… no, I’m not scared at all.
I have turned in my manuscript (let us all rejoice!) and muse on my ongoing struggle with perfectionism.
AppSumo – deals on techies things
Thoughts on publishing paths: indie and traditional. Also, inspiring honesty in writing and life.
This week’s best thing: Avengers: Endgame
- Angelina Lopez blog post – Fight to Win: Inspiration for Writers at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat
- Indie Author Central (IAC) on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/letztalkbooks/
This week I have a special guest: actor Paul James (aka my brother). Known for Greek, The Last Ship, and The Path, Paul shares his perspective on creating characters by bringing a writer’s words to life.
This week’s best thing: my birthday! + Game of Thrones!
- The Hot Sheet – https://hotsheetpub.com/
- Ran Walker, 2019 Winner Indie Author of the Year – https://indieauthorproject.com/2019-indie-author-of-the-year-award/
- Kboards – https://www.kboards.com/
- The Passive Voice – https://www.thepassivevoice.com/
- The Sell More Books Show – http://sellmorebooksshow.com
- Paul James on IMDB
- GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Deb Dixon
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami
THIS WEEK’S BEST THING: I got to see Audra McDonald perform live! (She could be every week’s best thing!) https://audramcdonald.com/
WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT:
– Sending my April newsletter
– What to write next?
– Working on chapter epigraphs for CRY OF METAL & BONE
– Fonda Lee Twitter quiz: https://twitter.com/FondaJLee/status/1115051419134877696
How novel revision and software development are basically the same thing. This week I enter the last(ish) stage of my revision, discuss the many uses of index cards, character verbs, and try not to let thoughts of piracy derail me.
This week’s best thing: I finished the final proofing of WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME!
– Verbalize by Damon Suede – https://amzn.to/2ORE0qa
– The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne – https://amzn.to/2Um01DB
– Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell – https://amzn.to/2I3ndQd
– Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland – https://amzn.to/2UkBv5u
– Author Rachel Caine on piracy
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“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work.” — Toni Morrison
Writing updates, quarterly planning, and my thoughts on recent events in the romance writing world.
This Week’s Best Thing: WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME Advanced Reader Copies are here!!
On managing decision fatigue and why high output (writing all the things!) requires high input (aka my excuse for binge reading).
This Week’s Best Thing: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas
- Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
- Robin LaFevers IG Post on Decision Fatigue – https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKP68fHj8w/
– Check out her books! http://www.robinlafevers.com/
- Neil Gaiman on Neil Armstrong and Imposter Syndrome
This week on the podcast, I talk writerly intuition and research to come up with character names.
This week’s best thing: Trailers Galore!
The Writer’s Well podcast: http://thewriterswell.org
Article on the Sami Concept of Time: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/sami/dieda/anthro/concept-time.htm