Welcome to the Issue #10 of the Fiction Writing Tips Blog Carnival. For those of you not familiar with what a Blog Carnival is, here is a short description: a collection of links pointing to blog posts around a specific topic. As you may have guessed it, this blog carnival will be centered around the subject of fiction writing, with a special interest for fantasy and science fiction.
Chrys Fey presents More On Character Development posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Aspiring writers always want to know how to create characters. Really, you can’t know enough about character development.”
Ink Wise presents 9 Words and Phrases to Delete From Your Writing posted at Wise Ink Blog, saying, “When authors use “filler” words—words that slow the pace, add unnecessary emphasis, add wordiness, etc.—it can be detrimental to the readers’ experience! Filler words can be the difference between a “I couldn’t put this book down!” review and a “This book was really slow . . . I had to stop reading because I couldn’t get into it” review. Filler words are often invisible to the author in revision. Authors might just see the great storyline or the great content and pay less attention to the words used to tell the story or the content. Here are some of the words and phrases you should cut to make your writing more effective.”
Mary Jaksch presents How to Write Better: The Art of Dynamic Descriptions posted at Write To Done, saying, “Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, your ultimate goal is to enchant, enthrall, and transfix your readers, right?
But how to do it? The simple answer is: tell a story… (But there is a problem.)”
Nathan Bransford presents Favorite Writing Tips posted at Nathan Bransford Author, saying, “Thanks so much to everyone who entered the #FaveWritingTip contest! We had several hundred excellent entries, and I collected some of the best responses below.”
Ellen Brock presents Nailing Your Novel’s First Chapter posted at Writing Forward, saying, “First chapters are important. Really important. If you’re submitting to agents and editors, your first chapter is not only their first impression of your work, but it’s often their only impression. This is a lot of pressure. If you’re like most writers, this pressure makes you anxious, causing you to second guess yourself, your story, and your ability to write.”
Joe Bunting presents 8 Formatting Tips and Shortcuts For Writers posted at The Write Practice, saying, “I consider myself primarily a creative writer, but to pay the bills, I take on many the odd job involving writing. Because of that, I’ve been doing a lot of editing lately, editing blog posts, articles, books, and more. With all this editing, I’ve found that I keep making many of same changes again and again. Yes, there are typos and grammatical corrections, but a surprising amount of the editing I do is just simple formatting.”
Katie McCoach presents Developmental Editing: What is it Exactly? posted at Katie MacCoach Editorial, saying, “I’ve been fortunate enough in that many of my clients are already aware of developmental editing and why it’s important for their work, however this is not always going to be the case. Many authors, even self-published ones, still underestimate the importance of a “story” edit. That’s right, developmental editing focuses on the story, characters, plot, structure, readability, credibility, intended audience, and most important of all – will readers enjoy it?”
Roz Morris presents How do I develop something special in my writing? posted at Nail Your Novel, saying, “What a lovely question. Let’s tackle it in stages. It can’t be rushed. First of all, don’t be in a hurry. Styles don’t develop overnight. They soak into you from your reading. Which leads me to…”
Elizabeth S. Craig presents Approaching Messy First Drafts posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig, saying, “The disastrous jumble reminded me (sadly) of my current first draft. I also wonder as I read it if I were on drugs when I wrote it. 🙂 I suppose what I was writing made perfect sense to me the day I penned it. I suppose. But now it resembles just as much of a mess as the lights. I knew from the beginning, though, that this particular first draft was one to be reckoned with.”
Andre Cruz presents 5 Things A Writer Should Kill For posted at The Word, saying “That’s right, I said ‘kill.’ Hey, don’t look at me that way, you were the one who had clicked on the title to get here. As for that snazzy title, I have no regrets. Especially since I am a writer by day and a serial killer by night.”
This concludes this edition of the Fiction Writing Tips Blog Carnival. I want to thank all the contributors and invite them to submit more in the future.
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