Friday, January 26, 2018

Seven Writing Links -- Volume 181

Well, this week was pretty much a disaster writing-wise. Instead of making up for last week's lack of production, I doubled down and managed to write even less this week. 

I left work on Friday with good attentions, determined to spend the late evening hours writing up a storm, but then decided I was too tired to be creative and headed off to bed. The plan was to rise early the next morning and write, but that's when I discovered the family (including me) was spending the day at the North American Auto show down in Detroit. 

So much for writing. 

(Side note: The Ford exhibit featured a virtual reality simulator that made you feel as though you were diving off a skyscraper. Whoa!)

On Sunday I realized I had a beta read due for another author, so no writing on my manuscript that day either. 

Monday through Thursday was then ruined by a bout of bad intestinal flu, so I missed my Wednesday blog post--again. 

At least I managed to post these links today. Enjoy them and have a great weekend! 

Oh, and stay healthy too!


An Agent or Editor is Interested! What Next?!

Cut Your Fiction to Pump Up the Jam

What Kinds of Social Media Go Viral?

What Does Your Protagonist Want BEFORE the Story Starts?

Says The Editor: Dialogue Tags

Overcoming Adversity Through Adverbs

The Secret of a Successful Mystery: Making the Reader a Participator


  1. Wow, I hope you're feeling better. Sometimes, life likes to swat you down, and you've got to take a moment to build back up. Awesome looking car!

    1. My son is more impressed. I'm not that big into cars anymore.

  2. Sorry about the flu. Hey, a car show isn't a bad reason for not writing. Research. And a little dreaming.

    1. I still thought the VR ride was the best part of the show. I'm not a big car guy.

  3. Life constantly gets in the way of a good writing indulgence. Sigh. Like the links.

  4. Sorry things got in the way of writing. I sort of hit a slump lately myself, but I'm confident we'll both pull out of it!

  5. That's a busy week! Hope you're feeling better.
    Driving off a skyscraper would terrify me - even when it's VR :)

  6. I have family in Detroit.

    I've gone indoor skydiving before. OMG is it a rush!

  7. You're a busy guy. Hope you got a rest and feel better. Thanks for the links! :)

  8. Last week, I wanted to do a lot of writing, but family things popped up. I needed up doing research every day for a situation than writing.

  9. Sometimes you just have to do other stuff. You probably picked up some wonderful tidbits for your book at the auto show, right?