Dear Honored Readers,
Four more days until my blog will be one year old. Check the end of this blog for free giveaways.
The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. The more you write, the better you’ll read. The more you read, the better you write. The more you study, the better you’ll get at what you’re studying.
Don’t give up: Your success is just around the corner.
If you click on three of the links below, I hope you’ll catch a glimpse of an idea to spur you on to publication.
Links to sites that offer writing courses for a fee or free:
- Children’s Writer’s Coaching Club http://www.cwcoachingclub.com/
- Holly Lisle writing courses http://hollylisle.com
- Writer University http://writeru.com
- Writer’s Digest University http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/
- Free online writing courses offered by top universities and educational websites: http://diplomaguide.com/articles/Online_Creative_Writing_Courses_Offered_Free_by_Top_Universities_and_Educational_Websites.html
Links to Great Writing Resources:
I added the links below to help inspire you, teach you tips to improve your writing, revising, or handling the grief from too many revisions.
Kathy Kennedy and Dennis G. Jerz, 10 Tips for Creative Writers: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative/shortstory/ It covers all the aspects of writing a short story.
They say, “A short story begins as close to the conclusion as possible, and grabs the reader from the very first line. It conserves character and scenes, typically focuses on just one problem, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation.”
Advice on characterization, dialogue, giving exposition in the middle of dialogue, plotting, and many other topics that will interest writers working on a novel.
3. Larry Brooks, The Last Thing an Agent Wants to Hear from You: http://storyfix.com/the-last-thing-an-agent-wants-to-hear-from-you. Reasons to get your pitch short and to the point.
4. Darcy Pattison: Stop! Cut Picture Book Mss by 1/3. http://www.darcypattison.com/picture-books/cut-picture-book-mss/
5. Joe Hight, Free Books Online, Mastering Communication: Too Many Words Can Muddle Writing http://free-books-online.org/mastering_communication/the-newspaper-handbook/too-many-words-can-muddle-writing/
6. James Vektor, Hub Pages: Screenplay Length: 3 Ways to Cut Your Final Draft Down to Size http://hubpages.com/hub/Script-Format-Script-Length-That-Sells/. A really good interview with Screenwriter Paul Haggis award-winning filmmaker who was the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and “Crash” (2005) which he himself directed.
7. After you’ve received a few critiques and revised your manuscript(s), you might need a way to uplift your feelings. Here’s a link to Karen McGrath’s 7 stages of editing grief post on the Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz blogspot. I think you might relate to these. http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/2010/09/seven-stages-of-editing-grief.html
Thank you for reading my blog. Please sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. The 50th person to subscribe from the left will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.
Saturday, October 9, 2010 is my Never Give Up blog’s FIRST BIRTHDAY. Because of the generosity of Rebecca Lukowski, from marketing at Maupin House and as a way to celebrate, I’ll choose one person who is subscribed by email to my blog to receive a copy of Carol Baldwin’s book:
Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8; http://www.maupinhouse.com/index.php/teaching-the-story-fiction-writing-in-grades-4-8.html. It explains all aspects of the writing process. More than seventy transparency masters and reproducible worksheets are included on the Resource CD which accompanies the book. Thank you, Carol and Rebecca. What a treasure!
Another thank you to Carol Baldwin and Maupin House because they allowed me to add the following links for readers of my blog to download, save, and/or print four of the graphic organizers from her book.
Exercise Muscle Words(PDF) http://kvisit.com/S-8pu
Create Your Character (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/SxYZ-
Create Imaginary Characters (fantasy or science fiction) (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/ShfCJAQ
Build a Plot (PDF) http://kvisit.com/SxIZ-
I will choose the winner by using www.random.org. I’ll tell them to choose a number between 1 and the number of subscribers I have at the time. It’ll choose a number at random for me. I appreciate Darcy Pattison for telling about random.org in her blog. So cool.
And that’s not all. I’ll also choose a person using www.random.org who leaves an approved comment on Saturday, October 9, 2010 to receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
I’ll announce the winners on Sunday, October 10, 2010.
Please leave a comment, question, or resource. I love to hear from you.
Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!
Joan Y. Edwards
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