Thirsty Thursday: Week 5

It’s that day of the week again, where I give you a fresh cup-o-knowledge. I provide you a list of blogs that dole out that writing advice you crave.

The Character Therapist
Elizabeth Mueller helps you develop your characters using the knowledge she picked up as a licensed clinician. If you sign up for her quarterly newsletter, you will recieve a free copy of The Writer’s Guide to Character Motivation.

Character Worksheet Part 1: Is Your Character Novel-worthy?
Posted by Martina at Adventures In Children’s Publishing. There is also a Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. This isn’t the only help you can get there. Just because it’s dedicated to children’s publishing, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for YOUR novel! Try it out!

Broken But Still Good: Adding Character Flaws
Janice Hardy is a definite go-to-girl when it comes to writing advice. In this post she talks about how you can add character flaws to a too perfect character. Because if you have a perfect character, you’re not going to have a way to put obstacles in his/her way.

The Secret of Mastering Plot – Getting Primal
Kristen Lamb talks about avoiding gimmicks and using the fundamentals of plotting. She gives examples of books and what their primal plots are, and how you can take a plot that has already been done and turn it into something new and exciting.

What “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Means
Mary Kole discusses the difference between show, don’t tell with examples. She explains how it is boiled down to knowing and how telling is more like facts in a newspaper. A great read that has helped me and may help you too.

Mistake #111: Scene Breaks/Kill The Transitional Sentence
Lisa Kilian’s blog is brilliant and provides useful information on all things writing. In this post she discusses the use of scene breaks and why transitional sentences are a no-no.

5 Creative Flaws That Will Expose Your Lack of Storytelling Experience
Larry, over at storyfix.com explains what mistakes are made by beginning writers that out them as inexperienced. While five may not seem like a lot, it is plenty. When you read this post, you will know why.

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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