Friday Faves

Welcome to Friday Faves!  In the grand scheme of things, I plan to use this space to showcase different websites and/or blogs I’ve come across surfin’ the web for stuff.  I’ll feature a different subject each week.  For example, writing tips; gluten free eating/cooking; my favorite heroes; music; etc.

Today I’d like to start with a few author websites I’ve visited for tips on organizing my writing process.  Because I’m always looking for better ways to improve my writing process, which is pretty much non-existent.

First up is Alexandra Sokoloff. (www.screenwritingtricks.com). In her blog, Ms. Sokoloff completely breaks down the 3 Act structure, explains how to use the index card method of plotting your novel, and lists info on agents.  Everything is presented in a light, easy to follow voice.  I’m currently reading her book Writing Love, which is an expanded version of her first book with added romance examples.

Also like to check out Chuck Wendig’s blog (www.terribleminds.com). Be forewarned, he is fond of using certain NSFW and NSFL words, but in a folksy, guy next door kind of way, though.   Yes, I had to look up what those acronyms meant; “not suitable for work”, and “not suitable for life”.  If you can take it upon yourself to overlook the colorful language (and you most definitely should give it a try), you’ll find many insights and tips on writing, including his popular lists of “25”, such as 25 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORLDBUILDING.

Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton started Writer Unboxed (www.writerunboxed.com) as a place to discuss dissecting books and movies to find out what makes them work. The site has grown and now features author interviews and guests blogging on subjects such as NaNoWriMo and “9 Ways To Undermine Your Characters’ Best Laid Plans”.

And here’s one I just found while tooling around on Writer Unboxed:  Janice Hardy (http://blog.janicehardy.com). In addition to the 500 or so articles on writing, she explains and compares four different structure formats for plotting a novel: The Three-Act Structure, The Hero’s Journey, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat Beat Sheet, and Michael Hagues’ Six Stage Plot Structure.

Yes, all this information can be confusing and overwhelming.  There’s just so much out of it to sort through.  It may take a bit, but I’m sure you’ll find what works best for you.  Me?  I’m still surfin’.

Maryanne

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 12:48:50

    Thanks for these links. I subscribe to all of these except Janice Hardy, I’m going to check it out.

    Reply

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