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:~: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 :~:

Summer inspiration

I was going to title this summer slump, because that's where I'm at. But, instead I've decided to lead you to several sources of inspiration--a sort of forced kick in the ass for myself.

Don't forget...any posted comments this week enters you in Linda's contest for a handcrafted Bookthong!!!

I find most of my inspiration in articles written by other writers. Those who have been there and done that really give me a boost, and lately, I've culled quite a few great ones from the lists I've received. See, you guys only get the good ones...I've filtered out the duds.

Here are the ones that I found most helpful this month:

Scene and Sequel
I've studied this topic several times in the past, and it might just be a culmination of all of the information clicking, but this article seemed to really clear up this important writing technique for me. It's short, to the point and powerful.

Boys in Blue
My favorite hero types--cops, detectives, military. I should be writing about firemen, but my brain always spins toward law enforcement. This is a great article on what pulls most of us toward these heros.

Emotional Toolbox
All I can say about this in-depth article is...WOW. Talk about digging into that troublesome character--this is something you need to at least read, if not fully sit down and utilize. I'll warn you now: it is lengthy, and the questions make you think hard. But, for me, the new understanding I gained of my characters was worth every moment. From now on, I'll be going through this process BEFORE I start to write. Pansters beware, plotters rejoyce...there are worksheets involved.

How to Improve Your Writing Without Writing a Word
Hey, I'm there!!! This article echoes my belief that there's a whole lot more to advancing as a writer than 'write, write, write'.

And finally:
Send in a Man With a Gun
I LOVED this article. For whatever reason, I have issues wrapping my mind around certain elements of writing--one being the classical three act structure. Trying to apply that to my work is like forcing a square peg in a round hole. This article gave me an alternative for a perfect fit.

There are lots more articles on my Author Articles page at my website.

I've updated my consession to a personal blog, My Month, where I talk about life and writing month by month. I also critique books I've read recently, so you might want to take a peak and see what's up there.

Please share your favorite inpirational sources with us.

Til next week...asta.


Blogger Evanne said...

Romance worth killing for is one of my favorite inspiration sources! Thanks for all the great new links.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oh, man. I soooo wish I had time to look through these articles. They sound great. UNFORTUNATELY, because someone I know (who shall remain nameless) - ahem- is a slacker, I'm sitting here pondering what entertaining things I can say in the GH acceptance speech instead.


7:08 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Evanne, you just absolutely made my day! Thanks, from the three of us!!


LOLOL, I'm still thinking about it, E!! I won't let you go up on stage without SOMETHING, although after you read what I write, you may decide to wing it afterall.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

This blog and all my writier friends who blog and respond to my highs and lows.

I don't like reading "how to books" I do better with hands on classes and workshops. Usually the monthly RWA meetings, workshops and conferences are what inspire me. Talking with other writers pushes me and teaches me.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Rob Gregory Browne said...

Thanks for the plug. Glad you liked the post. :)

12:10 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Thanks Paty! I actually do pretty well with how to books, but I prefer articles as they are typically more direct and to the point. But I do enjoy workshops, seminars, classes...I do very well in those, too.


Shocked you found us Rob. Your blog is on my oft-read list. You've always got great advice on craft...and I always need it. :-) Thanks for visiting.

3:15 PM  

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