Of Note (August 18th, 2014)

Everything listed here are articles I find of value. There is plenty information to look at and these are just a few I happen across. I highly recommend that if you like any information down below, you should follow and subscribe to their websites or writers. For more of these posts, click on the tag Of Note.

39 Things to Remember While Struggling to Build Your Writing Career

I know, I know, lists are all the rage on blogs. Trust me on this one, it’s real good. There’s a lot to love in this article in how much is spans.

3 Tips For Writing During Holidays

Jumping back into the swing of things after a break is difficult. Exceedingly tough. I’m talking Sisyphus here. Vacations are important, and breaks are important, but losing momentum can be disastrous depending on the writer. This is also great advice for unintended vacations; when life throws us some surprises. We won’t always be able to write when a surprise comes our way. We should try and get a little bit down when we are allowed the luxury.

Anoint Your Character with Inner Conflict, A Master Technique

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, conflict is the driving force in a story. The point is what is the problem and how is the protagonist going to deal with it. It’s easy to always assume the conflict is external, but much of what will create character development and rising action is internal conflict. It will make the difference between fully-formed characters inhabiting a world and cardboard-cutouts going through the motions.

A Balance of Strengths to Take Your Story Higher

An important message to all Of Note readers, this article here slipped through the cracks of the blog. I had shared this on Google Plus to eventually feature, but for one reason or another, it never appeared in April’s issue. It was when I posted the above article that I remember and couldn’t find it, so I scrolled down my G+ profile and there it was. I make these blog posts to consolidate the articles I find, but it’s not always perfect.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers

The best piece of advice to find in this list (There is a lot), is the amount of time to Tolkien too to write The Hobbit. If you didn’t know, it’s seven years. That’s one hell of a lesson in determination. It’s not the prestige, it’s not the degree, it’s not even the vast dictionary drilled into your brain; it’s about the perseverance.

The Big 6 Publishers Revisited

One of the most important things when looking to publish in the traditional market is who is what. Publishers own many other publishers in today’s market, and it can be helpful to know the names. A big reason of knowing about all the different imprints is what types of books they look to pick up. Some publishers to search for one kind of novel over the other, so if you think your novel is the right fit for one, keep them in mind.

Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing

A good list to think about. I like how the last two sentences perfectly sum up what’s needed in each unique manuscript. It’s the short way to saying a lot.

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