by Ryan Lanz
Has anyone ever told you that you have an architect or gardener style of plotting?
There are all sorts of names for styles of plotting. Another set is pantser/plotter, although those terms never seemed to feel right for me. Both styles have various pros and cons, neither being right or wrong. Each method also has certain strengths and weaknesses, which we’ll go over later in this post.
So which are you? Let’s dive in.
via Discover Your Story Plotting Style
Very helpful! 💯
by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick
We writers all have our heroes. Depending on your genre, personal taste, and even reading experiences that go back as far as grade school, your writing hero might be Edgar Allen Poe or Tolkien, Hemingway or Jane Austen, Mark Twain or James Patterson.
But ask a humor writer to list his role models and you’ll almost certainly find Erma Bombeck.
More than twenty years after her death, Bombeck’s relatable, self-deprecating stories still have the uncanny ability to leave readers laughing out loud, not so much at her, but at themselves. You don’t have to be a mother to laugh at Erma’s take on parenting. (“Once they put a hamster on my chest and when I bolted upright they asked, ‘Do you have any alcohol for the chemistry set?’”)
via The 3 Steps to Writing Humor: Channeling Erma
by Michael Mohr
One of the toughest things to do in fiction or creative nonfiction writing, in my professional opinion, is to create strong, believable tension. Without tension—between the protagonist and a villain, the protagonist and him/herself, the protagonist and the environment, etc—you really don’t have much of a story. And it’s unlikely readers will want to follow you far through the jungle of your narrative.
Tension seems to be lumped in usually with plot. I agree that plot and tension often go hand in hand, but I also think that stories which essentially lack, for the most part, any real sense of “A-plus-B-equals-C” type of standard plot (meaning one thing happens which forces another to happen, etc, a sort of “causes and conditions” situation) can still grab readers’ interest and hold our attention for 250, 300 pages…as long as you’ve got real, authentic tension.
via Creating Tension in Fiction and Memoir
This is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month’s question is “When your writing life is a bit cloudy or full of rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?”
via What Helps You Keep Writing?
by Meg Dowell
Writing a lot and writing well at the same time? It’s not easy, but it’s possible.
I know of writers and overall content creators who publish a new piece of content every day — and their work is usually good. But not always great.
I also know of creators who publish new content less frequently — and it’s always phenomenal.
And then there are those people who can crank out new stuff every day and CRUSH IT (meaning dominate, succeed, do a really good job) every time.
How do those superhumans do it?
Turns out they aren’t superhuman at all (disappointment). They’re just really good at taking a really big mess of a thing, trimming it down to something more compact, polishing it quickly, and getting it out there with just enough time left over to do it all again.
via How to Balance Quality with Quantity to Write More, Better