I found this post via the lovely Joanna Penn, but I try to attribute these post titles to the original author just to help readers find sources of writing advice or news.
Victoria Mixon is an independent editor, and on her blog she recently posted two ‘How to do it wrong!’ articles, which related nicely to last week’s blog posts about finding character voice, and tips for writing short stories.
Victoria’s advice relates to fiction in general, of course, but I like the tone of the articles, and they are worth checking out (in fact her blog as a whole is worth adding to your news readers).
Read them here: http://victoriamixon.com/2011/06/06/how-to-plot-wrong-in-3-easy-steps/ and here: http://victoriamixon.com/2011/06/13/how-to-characterize-wrong-in-3-easy-steps/
I stumbled on this post by Chuck Wendig via a twitter recommendation (that’s pretty much where I find all my industry-relevant news these days, to be honest).
It’s a great article of 25 things to know about characters. I’ve found characterisation one of my weakest points, which is painful because it’s characters more than scenes or events that we fall in love with as readers. I thought these tips were pretty much spot on, and although none of them may individually give you an a-ha! moment, the list as a whole is a worthwhile bookmark for the ‘writing’ folder in your browser. It won’t hurt to check it out once in a while to put your thoughts on characterisation back on the right track.
Read the article here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/06/07/25-things-you-should-know-about-character/
PS: You will notice another two links to ’25 things about <interesting writing topic>’ at the top of Chuck’s article. As an extra-curricular exercise, do check them out, they are worth your time.
After yesterday’s post talking about online voice, today’s article is an older one by Veronica Roth, and relates to character voice.
Of several articles about this that I’ve read, this struck me as one of the more succinct and pointed. Veronica links to a few other relevant articles, and they are worth surfing to.
This internet thing, hey? You could spend hours reading on it.