I always enjoy checking out Jo Eberhardt’s “Monday’s Top 5” links over at The Happy Logophile, so I figured I’d share some interesting posts I’ve come across this week. I discovered most of them through my Google+ “Writers and Bloggers” stream. Circle me atgplus.to/laurastanfill if you’re there too. I post regularly but only to my circles.
- “Society Vs. the Individual” — This is from The Forsaken Petal, “The Blog That Helps You Diagnose Your Characters.” The author gives a hypothetical ethical dilemma and asks us writers what our characters would do.
- “How to Write Good Hyperlinks” — This Write For Your Life post offers excellent pointers on how to make your blog hyperlinks do the most in terms of driving traffic and explaining your content.
- “Ways to Increase Story Tension” — Cheryl Reif offers 10 tips for making your plot stronger. It’s a great list, and I plan to bookmark it for future reference.
- “Become a master of GoodReads: Groups, events, polls, much knowledge to be had!” — John Corwin guest posts on www.novelpublicity.com about the benefits of GoodReads for authors. This is part two of the series; part one talks about the technical side of how to get the most out of the site.
- “What Comes After a First Draft?” — Paranormal author Jami Gold posits this question and then answers it. I love this reminder about the importance of revision: “A first draft is just the first step of many a story goes through on its way to becoming not just good, but great.” The comments feature many people’s perspectives on post-first-draft work.
- “Plotting Along… By Shelly Brown” — Another fabulous post on plot, this one over at author Heather Cashman’s site, Better Off Read… Voraciously. Shelly offers three models for plotting, all of them useful exercises when looking at the big-picture story questions.