Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Surfing

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm having a blast introducing all these awesome folks.  And there are so many more awesome folks to be introduced.  It's a shame there are so few days in August.  If you've missed any of these awesome people, click the "Home" or "Interviews / Guests" tab and get acquainted!

Well, grab your surfboards!  Surf's nice today!  Lots of links!

Favourite quotes for writers and readers

Is Your Writing Any Good? (7 Ways You Can Tell)

Become a Blogging Jedi with the Yoda Guide to Better Blogging

The gorgeous Carolina coast
After the First Draft Part 1 and Part 2

Writing Excuses

Finding Your Voice

Plotting for Pantsers

5 Reasons to Write Your Scenes in Order

Today I got up and I did not have a Wheel of Time book to work on  (Brandon Sanderson on concluding a classic.)

Four self-published authors on New York Times ebook bestseller list

How to Shorten the Length of Your Novel Without Cutting Entire Scenes


  1. Plotting for Pantsers? Surely that's an oxymoron.

    Some good links there and I've added 'death author' to my follow list.

    1. Pretty good post, eh? Even pantsers require a little structure and organization regardless of when we incorporate it.

      Thanks for stopping by and joining the blog!

  2. That bit by Brandon Sanderson is pretty moving.

    1. Yes it was. I can barely imagine what he felt. When I finished the draft of The Bonding, I went to bed feeling the strangest mixture of emotions. And that was just one book with sequels to come. I just hope Brandon felt some satisfaction (which I believe he did) after wrapping up such a popular series. He's an awesome individual.

  3. Hey! That's my post (Finding Your Voice), linked right up there with posts by Brandon Sanderson. Very cool surprise. Thanks!

  4. I especially enjoyed the post about how to shorten your manuscript. My story is much too long right now and I'll need to use every trick to get it back to a proper length.

    1. Yes, very good suggestions there. Sometimes it's not scenes and characters we need to cut, but merely extraneous words. (Tough job for me because I'm so wordy.)

      And the more I dwell on word count boundaries the less obliged I feel to abide by them. Perhaps that's a mistake, but if a story requires 20k words more than someone's predefined upper limit then perhaps that pairing isn't the proper fit? I dunno.