January Articles

I’ve come across quite a few articles this month that I want to share with the group. The first two are from the NaNoWriMo site. For anyone who doesn’t know what that stands for, it’s National Novel Writing Month, which is a movement each November to inspire people to write the first draft of a novel in thirty days. It started in 1999, with less than two dozen people and has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, there was even a crowd-sourced novel produced, which Vicki and I had the fun of contributing to.

Both articles are about editing, since that’s what the NaNoWriMo community is doing at this time of year, having hopefully completed a first draft in November. The first, When to Listen to Your Readers… And When to Ignore Them, is about seeking out those sacred cows. The premise is that it’s not so much other people’s feedback but rather your reaction to their feedback that will help you know what to change. The second, A 7-Step Guide to Big Picture Revision (With Bonus Checklists!), is about revising using a color-schemed outline.

The next two articles are from Writers Write, a South African group that offers training courses. Don’t ask me how I stumbled across them originally. Both are quick hitters. Persuasive Writing – Emotional vs Intellectual Words is a list of almost 100 use-this-word-rather-than-that-word suggestions to up the emotional ante of your writing. 50 Lyric Titles As Writing Prompts is exactly what it sounds like.

Lastly, for Harry Potter fans, we have Tossing Snowballs at Your Clues, which talks about using patterns of imagery as a foreshadowing tool and That Extra Zing, which offers thoughts on setting and world building.

Enjoy! Go forth and write!