Friday, September 16, 2016

Seven Writing Links -- Volume 140

Yesterday was not a good day for me.

For no apparent reason, my Achilles tendon suddenly started hurting and I hobbled around all day. Then I read the first chapter of a book written by an author friend of mine and found myself wishing I could write as well and as quickly as they seem to be able to do. Then I reread the chapter I'll be submitting to my crit group on Monday and was stunned and depressed by how much more work it needs. I went to bed early last night.

Today is totally different. It's Friday, my ankle barely hurts, and I'm all ready to jump back into my manuscript and do whatever it takes to make it shine. It's amazing what a little time and sleep can do for you.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the links!


Short Stories And Their Structure
Now that the theme for the IWSG anthology has been announced, perhaps it's the perfect time for this article.

Selling Books on Social Media: 4 Steps to Less Wasted Time

The Only 5 Ingredients You Need for Story Subtext

Want to Make Revisions Easier? Create an Editorial Map

Does FB Sell Books & Do Writers Need a Facebook Fan Page?

3 Ways To Use The Setting To Steer Your Story’s Plot

Query Letters Part 2: The Extras


  1. Glad to hear you're having a better day today! And thanks for the links. I'm trying hard to think of a story for the contest. :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Very much enjoyed that post on subtext. Thanks for sharing that one.

  3. I happened to cringe and wince and lament how I don't have good short story structure. Ah well. Maybe in time, I'll get better.

    Thanks for the links and I'm glad your ankle is better and you're feeling gungho!

  4. I'm sorry that you had a bad day yesterday, but I'm glad you're better today. As for your writing, we all go through that. Keep your head up.

  5. Oh crap! I hope it isn't injured badly! And writing... sigh... I'm still trying to find the magic... love your blog as always, Ken. You're awesome.

  6. I like the idea of an editorial map. Good link.

  7. =( NO COMPARING! Here's the thing, even if this author is an amazing writer, their style is completely different than yours. We are all different. Our way of telling stories should also be different. Yes, there are things we should all do or avoid, but with so many unique voices in writing, we have to celebrate our differences too. PLUS, NEVER COMPARE YOUR ROUGH DRAFT TO SOMEONE's POLISHED, PROFESSIONALLY VETTED AND REWORKED STUFF. That's just not fair.

  8. Thanks for the links and for reminding me that every day is a new day in the writing world. Just because today sucked doesn't mean tomorrow will.

  9. I'm sorry you had a rough day but I hope all the days since have been like Friday was! Take care.

  10. I just read a book on subtext. I'm currently polishing my MS. Hope yours is shiny. :)

  11. My mother always said, "You feel differently in the morning." Who knew? hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette