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.
Shanah Haislip presents 5 Things Rocky Taught Me About Writing Knockout Main Characters posted at Positive Writer, saying, “The Rocky movies achieved lasting popularity as a result of the hugely effective group of main characters. Here are five tips about characterization I learned while watching.”
EM Castellan presents Writing a large cast of characters – with Black Sails posted at EM Castellan, saying, “Fantasy and Historical novels have something in common: they often have a large ensemble cast of at least a dozen main characters, with up to hundreds of secondary characters. Writing a large cast of characters presents some specific challenges: how can the writer make sure each character is distinct from the others and fully realized?”
Ava Jae presents How to Write a Great Antagonist posted at Writability, saying, “So while working on my last couple manuscripts, I’ve been thinking a lot about antagonists. Specifically, on antagonists that I really actually love.”
Lisa Alber presents The Art of Creating Memorable Villains Whatever Your Genre posted at Writer Unboxed, saying, “I write crime fiction, so I’m fascinated by villains in all their diversity. However, I notice that when we talk about ‘villains,’ we tend to think only in terms of genre fiction such as mystery, suspense, and thriller.”
Stephanie Morrill presents Editing in Layers: Drawing out Emotion and Tension posted at Go Teen Writers, saying, “One of the reasons editing in layers is such a valuable practice is that it forces your brain to focus on a particular element of each scene. If you read your scene looking just for adverbs, for example, you’ll have a much easier time spotting them than if you’re looking for adverbs, sensory details, and the level of tension.”
Cate Baum presents Ten things to do to win a writing contest posted at Self-Publishing Review, saying, “With so many entries to judge, what is it about your book that will win you a prize? Cate Baum, co-founder of the SPR Awards spills the beans on the best tips to get that award.”
Janice Hardy presents A Quick Tip for Adding Conflict and Tension to Your Scenes posted at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, saying, “Agent Donald Maas once said, “You can never have too much conflict.” He’s not alone in this thinking, and “not enough conflict” is a common reason manuscripts get rejected. Even novels with strong plots and solid core conflicts can earn a, “sorry, not for me,” because the conflict comes in dribs and drabs and there’s no tension on every page or in every scene.”
Melissa Donovan presents Mysterious and Thrilling Fiction Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward, saying, “Sometimes it’s hard to start a new writing project. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by too many ideas and can’t decide which one to tackle. Or maybe you’re searching for the right idea, something to spark your imagination and inspire your next story.”
Emily Wenstrom presents 3 Times You Should STOP Writing posted at The Write Practice, saying, “Write every day. Set a word count and don’t get up until you reach it. Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. Writers get a lot of advice about the importance of pushing ourselves to get the words on the page. It’s a principle I try to live by, and I know I’m not alone. But there are times when the best thing you can do for your writing is to… stop writing.”
Jody Hedlund presents The Importance of Throwing Our Readers for a Loop posted at Jody Hedlund, saying, “I think I’m one of those people built with an internal ‘surprise radar.’ I can sense a surprise coming, spot the clues, and figure out what’s going on without my family realizing I’ve discovered the ‘big surprise.'”
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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