Welcome to the Issue #7 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 How To Build Suspense posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Suspense makes your reader’s heart pound uncontrollably, their hands sweat around your book, and drives them to read faster so they can turn the page to find out what is going to happen next. Here are ten tips to help you build suspense.”
Ava Jae presents How to Write Emotion Effectively posted at Writability, saying, “[…]showing emotion is sometimes a little easier said than done. Where do you even begin? If you’re having trouble, it may help to use these four steps.”
Roz Morris presents Dialogue special part 2: dialogue is more than talking posted at Nail Your Novel, saying, “Dialogue is action. Dialogue is a kind of action scene. Although the conversation is the main focus, the characters are more than just mouths.”
Bryan Chau presents Putting The M.C. Hammer On Grammar posted at Success Pen Pal, saying, “grammar, writing, speaking, success, etc.”
Rinelle Grey presents 7 Tips to Help you Write More posted at Rinelle Grey, saying, “So frequent releases have a lot of advantages, BUT, only if you’re writing is good. So the question is, how can you increase your writing output, without sacrificing quality? Here are some of my tips.”
Jody Hedlund presents Plotting: How to Know Which Scenes to Include in Your Book posted at Jody Hedlund, saying, “While I don’t believe there’s a hard, fast rule or formula for which scenes to write out in detail and which ones to summarize, I think there are a few principles we can keep in mind when choosing scenes to include in our books.”
Jon presents The Perfect Way To Fail posted at COMFORT PIT, saying, “An in-depth article on perfectionism, failure and creative expectations in writing and art. The post combines examples from the scientific literature with real case studies of well known artists. I think this is a must read for anyone serious about tackling the creative lifestyle.”
Samir Bharadwaj presents Fighting the Procrastination of Significant Moments posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com, saying, “We wait for the right moment, the right date, the right time, the right amount of experience, all procrastinating against doing things now. Fight the impulse.”
Bonus Round For NaNoWriMo
Kristen Lamb presents How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess posted at Kristen Lamb’s Blog, saying, “I LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is November). It is a fantastic way to push ourselves and also for new writers to be introduced to a professional pace and a professional attitude. When we do this “writing thing” for a living, we have to write no matter what.”
Chuck Wendig presents WELCOME TO NANOWRIMO PREP SCHOOL, WORD-NERDS posted at Terribleminds, saying, “If you are not yet putting words down daily, you need to flex them penmonkey muscles, so that, come November, you can pop open your word processor and say, “TWO TICKETS TO THE PEN SHOW,” which will earn you weird looks because.”
Rinelle Grey presents 10 Tips for Preparing for NaNoWriMo posted at Rinelle Grey, saying, “I’ve seen quite a few of these “preparing” for NaNoWriMo posts around lately. I’m loving reading everyone else’s suggestions, so I thought I’d write some of my own.”
Kristen Lamb presents NaNoWriMo—Training Lean, Mean, Writing Machines posted at Kristen Lamb’s Blog, saying, “NaNo is a lot like a military bootcamp. Many who sign up for military service aren’t in the fittest condition. Sure, we might meet the weight requirements (or get a waiver), but most of us don’t start out being able to knock out a hundred pushups on the spot. We likely have little experience running ten miles with a heavy pack of gear on our backs.”
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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