Welcome to the Issue #4 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.
David Leonhardt presents Wreck-It Ralph and Character Jobs, Part I posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “It is hard to separate people from their jobs, because one of the first questions we ask is, “What do you do?” Why would your characters, including in nonfiction, be any different?”
Chrys Fey presents How To Write Action posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Every writer has tips that help them write, rules they follow, and methods they use. This link will lead you to the TEN TIPS that I find helpful when I am writing ACTION.”
Robb Grindstaff presents Bring Your Fiction To Life With Emotion posted at Novel Publicity & Co., saying, “There are lots of ways that writers slip into ‘telling’ (external) rather than ‘showing’ (internal), especially when it comes to emotion.”
Mark Nichol presents 7 Cases for Inserting or Omitting Commas posted at Daily Writing Tips, saying, “Here are discussions of seven types of situations in which the presence or absence of a comma depends on various factors.”
Janice Gable Bashman & Kathryn Craft presents The 7 Deadly Sins of Self-Editing posted at Writer’s Digest, saying, “We’re most likely to sin when we’re at our most vulnerable—and for creative writers, there may be no more vulnerable time than the delicate (and often excruciating) process of editing our own work. Sidestep these too-common traps, and keep your story’s soul pure.”
Stephanie Orges presents 20 Tips For Creating Relatable And Lovable Protagonists posted at be kind, Rewrite, saying, “Keep them reading. That’s our mission, right? And there’s nothing that can hook any reader faster and stronger than a protagonist they can relate to, like, and therefore care about. This is one half of the D in AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action).”
K.M. Weiland presents 10 Ways to Write Skinny Sentences posted at WordPlay, saying, “If brevity is the soul of wit, then economy is the energy of prose. Don’t get me wrong: I love complex, twisty, beautiful sentences[…] However, the possibilities of prose will never be realized so long as it is burdened with unnecessary fat. Learn to trim your sentences into lean, mean bundles of incisive power, and their inherent beauty and complexity will run laps around their former flabbiness.”
Victoria Grefer presents When ‘To Be’ Becomes An Enemy posted at Creative Writing with the Crimson League, saying, “‘To be’: it’s an essential verb. It’s the focus of one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies. And yet, one of the major tips we writers are always hearing is, ‘cut ‘to be.’ It makes for weak and passive writing.'”
Alex Shvartsman presents 5 Practical Tips on Writing Humor posted at DArkcargo, saying, “In my quest to make everyone write funny stories I would enjoy, I have identified five practical strategies to writing humor in a speculative story, which I am now going to share with you. It may not necessarily be good advice, but I’ll make up for that in volume.”
Kimberley Grabas presents 11 Author Website Must Have Elements posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “An author website has a lofty goal: it needs to not just be, but also needs to perform and respond. No longer just a fancy, static, online business card, it is an author’s ‘homebase‘, a marketing and networking hub and a portal that allows communication to flow between an author and his or her readers. And website visits can translate directly into books sold…”
Jessica Clark presents The Big List of Different Types of Poems posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “There’s definitely more to poetry than the rhyming sentiments in greeting cards, though many of those verses do adhere to one of these style forms.”
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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