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Fiction Writing Tips Blog Carnival Issue #5

Welcome to the Issue #5 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.

You may have noticed a slight delay on this issue and I apologize for that, but I’ve been away visiting my old native grounds. Now I’m back and the world is back to normal as well.

Previous issues: #1 #2 #3 #4


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fiction writing tipsChrys Fey presents How To Write Romance posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post contains ten tips and you don’t have to be a romance novelist to use them! Romance is so versatile that it can be used for any genre of fiction, and by every writer.”

fiction writing tipsLauren Sapala presents Why You Can’t Finish Your Novel posted at Lauren Sapala, saying, “Sometimes we get sidetracked from our current writing project. A life crisis occurs, we get a promotion at our day job that includes more hours to be worked, or we get an idea for a new project that’s just begging to be written right now. These are all valid reasons for putting your novel on the shelf and planning to come back to it later.”

fiction writing tipsDavid Leonhardt presents How to write the plot of a story posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “Here is a generic plot summary (with Infographic) that you can use as a base for your own fiction or other story-type manuscript.”

fiction writing tipsLauren Sapala presents Want to Be a Better Writer? Watch More Movies. posted at Lauren Sapala, saying, “This article shows writers how to hone their character development skills by taking a closer look at stars of the the silver screen.”

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fiction writing tipsKimberley Grabas presents How to Market a Book and Strengthen Your Author Platform with Goodreads posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “Imagine a magical place that gathers together 17 million of the most passionate readers who want to talk about, review and buy your book. A place that not only allows, but encourages, both new and established authors to promote their books. A place that provides FREE opportunities to:

  • get your book in front of thousands of buyers
  • conduct informal research (polls)
  • participate in a highly viral environment
  • join or create groups with like-minded people on every literary topic imaginable
  • create an author presence, connecting your book, your blog and your social media platforms

Now imagine if Amazon purchased this magical realm of high quality, book-buying, book-loving influencers in the spring of 2013, likely leading to big opportunities to align your Amazon marketing to this Utopia.
If such a paradise existed, would you want to be a part of it?”

fiction writing tipsKerin Gedge presents The Vocabuverse: The Cleverly Devised Poetical Dictionary of Mostly English Words by Kerin Gedge posted at The Vocabuverse, saying, “Here’s a helpful tool for writers who want to expand their vocabulary…”

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Kimberley Grabas presents 101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “What does it really take to build a writer or author platform?Money?Connections?An intimate knowledge of vampires, wizardry or erotic romance?Actually, the most important aspect to building an author platform is understanding that it’s about engagement; about connecting and interacting with people who are aligned with your message and affected by your story. Your platform is a web of intertwined beliefs, values, emotions, thoughts, stories, images and ideas that stem from your own core philosophy and are ultimately shared by your fans.
The tricky part is finding ways to effectively share your message with an audience that is yet unknown to you, and you to them. Establishing and maintaining a link to your potential ‘tribe’ is both the challenge and the reward of building your writer platform.”

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fiction writing tipsIsabella Harriss presents 28 Blogs Featuring Original Short Stories You Can Read for Free posted at Nanny News Network, saying, “You can find tons of free short stories online in every genre, ranging from romance to fantasy to sci-fi .you can also find free kid’s stories online for every age group.”

fiction writing tipsDavid Leonhardt presents You might be a writer posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “”If you ask your child whether the new kid in school is the protagonist or the antagonist, you might be a writer.” … and dozens more clues that might implicate you in this writing conspiracy.”

fiction writing tipsAngela Greenfield presents Borrowing Plots posted at, saying, “This post is about considerations that writers must think about when borrowing plots from older works.”

Fiction Writing Tips Blog CarnivalThis 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.

If you enjoyed these articles, please leave some comments on the authors’ blogs and on this blog.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Fiction Writing Tips Blog Carnival, to be published on July 31, 2013 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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