Welcome to the Issue #3 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 Bring Characters To Life! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Characters are the most important aspect in a novel so a writer has to bring them to life! This post will give you tips on just how to do that.”
Melissa Donovan presents 42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists posted at Writing Forward, saying, “The more I explore fiction writing, the more complex and multi-layered it becomes. Through the processes of brainstorming, outlining, researching, writing, and revising, I have discovered countless details that authors have to consider as they set out to produce a viable work of fiction.”
Blair McDowel presents How to write a character study? posted at Vanessa Morgan, saying “I always begin any new book by choosing a setting I know and love, and then by creating the characters I want to put in that setting. Only after that do I start thinking about the plot. Then I write a synopsis for that plot before I write page one of the book. Any of these three things, setting, characters, or plot, can change as my story grows, but I have a very complete plan before I start any new novel.”
Mark Nichol presents When to Use “That,” “Which,” and “Who” posted at Daily Writing Tips, saying “The proper use of the relative pronouns who, that, and which relate the subject of a sentence to its object, hence the name. The question of which of the three words to use in a given context vexes some writers; here’s an explanation of their relative roles.”
C.S. Lakin presents The Secret to Show, Don’t Tell posted at Wordplay, saying, “Gone are the days of the long narrative passages we used to see in novels written by greats like Dickens and Steinbeck. Even though literary prose is still highly praised and found in many bestselling commercial novels, the trend over the last few decades has been to “show, not tell.” Meaning, readers prefer scenes in which they are watching the action unfold in real time—instead of being told what is happening by the author or even by one of the characters.”
David Leonhardt presents What makes a good book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: “Do you think I have a good enough story? Do you think it’s a best seller?” This gives us a moment to consider what makes a successful book, so I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.”
Gabriela Pereira presents What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block posted at DIY MFA, saying, “Every so often, writers hit a road block. Sometimes we’re zipping along that writing highway and suddenly we take a detour and we’re off on a side road and boom! We run into a herd of cattle hanging out in the middle of our path. Sure, we could off-road it and drive through the pastures to avoid that stretch of road, but usually when we writers run into these blocks we do what anyone would do.”
Marti MacGibbon presents Seven Tips for Being a Better Writer posted at Writers and Authors, saying, “Writing is something we all do, every day of our lives. We compose emails, social media posts, write heartfelt letters to friends and family or crisp missives to business associates. Some people are gifted wordsmiths, delighting everyone with their talent, and yet they don’t think of themselves as possessing any special writing skills.”
David Leonhardt presents Are You Ready for a Ghostwriter for Your Book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “The more you have prepared in advance, the lower the cost will be for you. Ideally, the writer does not have to do any outside research, because you have done it all. If you provide your information in a complete and organized fashion, it saves time and money.”
Jessica Clark presents 10 Reasons Every Poem Should Rhyme and How it Could Impact You BIG Time posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme.”
Jen & Kerry presents How Your Book’s Format Can Bolster Sales posted at The Business Of Books, saying, “How do you physically envision your book? Do you see your novel as a jacketed 6×9-inch hardcover with a $24.95 price point? Are you writing a romance that you can see as a mass market paperback that someone can tuck in their purse or read on the beach?”
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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