Friday, July 31, 2015

Seven Writing Links -- Volume 87

Last weekend I went kayaking with my daughter and almost ended up drowning.  Okay, maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but my kayak did flip over and I'm a terrible swimmer.  The fact that I was wearing a lifejacket and that I happened to flip over in one of the shallower parts of the lake just lessens the entertainment value of the story , so I'm choosing to ignore that part.

Anyway, I hope this weekend is MUCH more relaxing and productive.

Enjoy the links!

ChemistKen


The Key to Writing Good Action Scenes (Hint: It’s Not Just the Action)

Advice for Authors from a Bookseller’s Perspective

Pre-Orders, Sticking on Amazon, and Hitting Best Seller Lists

4 Key Ways to Ramp Up Tension and Pacing in Your Fiction

Hacking Your Reader’s Brain

The Difference Between Setup and Setup

Three Traps to Avoid in Love Stories

6 comments:

  1. Hey, last weekend we took our French exchange student and went white water rafting. The guides were terrible -- let thirty rafts go at once without any attempt to space them out. There was a jam up in the first 5 minutes of the journey, we hit it, and our raft went vertical and flipped over on us. So yeah -- we were in the same position as you!

    All was well in the end, if you don't count me bashing my knee and spending the next 5 hours watching it swell up -- and our French gal getting scared enough that she said she would never do this again.

    Fist bump from another near recreational drowning victim!

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  2. Yes, you must think of it as rising action, pacing, crises-on-crises. That's the way we writers relay life events.

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  3. How scary! I hope this weekend is much more relaxing for you.

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  4. first, i'm glad you survived!
    second, the parts you left out make it a comedy rather than a tragedy =D
    hope this weekend has a happier ending =)
    and thanks for the comment at christine's about simulation!

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