Writing Blog Roundup: Wrong Advice, Plot Twist, Writer’s Block, Telling the Truth and Character’s Clothes

Some blog articles I’ve read lately about writing:


Fiction Writing Workshop: Character

1424341_10944053My friend, Rachel, has two Shih tzus who are her babies: Marley and Rosa. Rachel also has dozens of toy balls of assorted colors laying around the house. Marley has no interest in the toy balls; those belong to his sister, Rosa.

Rosa loves playing with the toy balls. When I visit, she’ll immediately bring one up to me so that I will throw it for her to chase. When she goes for her walk, she’ll hold a ball in her mouth like a pacifier. At the dog park, she’ll find an abandoned toy ball and add it to her collection. She’ll just sit in the grass with two or three toy balls between her front legs.

You see, Rosa is a hoarder. A toy ball hoarder.

I, too, am a hoarder, but in only one area of my life:  blog articles on writing fiction.

I subscribe to only eight hundred and thirty blogs on writing. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but many articles about writing pop into my news feed everyday. I pick out the ones I like. Sometimes I read them right away; sometimes I save them for later. I save the ones I like. Thanks to Microsoft OneNote, I have saved articles on all aspects of fiction writing in tabbed off sections, ready for me to peruse again and apply to my own writing. The problem is, I’ve gathered so many, the task of going through them is daunting. Like Rosa, I have many toy balls, I don’t know what to do with them. So I sit with them between my front paws.

Here’s what I’ll do. I’ve decided to go through the articles a few at a time each day. I’m inviting you to read the articles, too. Every few days,  I’ll post a few related to a fiction writing element. Today I’ve selected some archived delights on characterization in fiction.

This is the tip of the iceberg:

See other Fiction Writing Workshops from this blog.

Writing Blog Roundup

Setting Sun behind TreeSome articles on the writing craft I’ve read lately . . .

  • How Story Structure Changed My Life – A Book Trailer for Structuring Your Novel. One thing I always stress to writers is the importance of writing subjects you’re passionate about . . . Read more.
  • What Writer’s Can Learn from Movies about Writing. Sleepless in South Florida last night — I’ve lost control over chapter five — so I retreated to the sofa and the remote . . . Read more.
  • 12 Nature-Inspired Creative Writing Prompts. Creative writing prompts are excellent tools for writers who are feeling uninspired or who simply want to tackle a new writing challenge . . .  Read more.
  • 13 Writing Tips by Chuck Palahniuk. Twenty years ago, a friend and I walked around downtown Portland at Christmas . . . Read more.
  • Style, The Life and  Death of a Writer. Style is two things. It is the way you write something, and it is the way you write. Read more.