As usual, I'm sharing a fabulous blog post I found quite helpful this week about building up a good reference library for yourself as an author. This week I've chosen a great article by Kristin Lamb.
“If we don't understand the rules, we don't know how to intelligently and artfully break them. Maybe we will write something unique and successful without ever understanding POV. But then how do we duplicate that success if we don't know how we created it in the first place? This is akin to going in the kitchen and tossing ingredients in a bowl without knowing what they are, how they taste or how they work together (or don't). Maybe we'll make something yummy…or maybe we'll make a chemical bomb.” –Kristin Lamb
Top Pick for Structure.
Top Pick for Character Development.
Find her other recommendations in the full article.
Guide for Social Media 2014!
For each scene: 7 Essential Questions of Plot:
1. Does the scene establish the date and setting?
2. How does it develop the character’s emotional makeup?
3. Is the scene driven by a specific character goal?
4. What dramatic action is shown?
5. How much conflict, tension, suspense, or curiosity is shown?
6. Does the character show emotional changes and reactions within the scene?
7. Does the scene reveal thematic significance to the overall story?
Read the full article on Writers in the Storm!