Mash-Up Monday #22: Character

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring.

Mash-Up Monday #22: Character

  1. The Three Types of Lead Characters.
  2. Develop Your Protagonist.
  3. Avoiding Unlikable Characters.
  4. 25 Things a Great Character Needs.
  5. It’s All About Character.
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Mash-Up Monday #21: Scrivener

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. Every writer has their own methods and tools for writing. For some, that’s a program called Scrivener. Here are some tips about using Scrivener, and why it’s a good choice for writers:

Mash-Up Monday #21: Scrivener

  1. What I Love About Scrivener.
  2. My Top 5 Scrivener Tips.
  3. Lia Cooper’s 10 Reasons to Love Scrivener.
  4. Skrib Guide: How to Use Scrivener.
  5. More Favourite Scrivener Tips from the Past.

Mash-Up Monday #20: Setting

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. This week are some links about setting and worldbuilding.

Mash-Up Monday #20: Setting

  1. How to Make Your Setting a Character.
  2. How Do Writers Create Fictional Worlds.
  3. 25 Things You Should Know about Worldbuilding.
  4. 5 Misconceptions About Your Story’s Normal World.
  5. 15 Things About Victorian Society.

Mash-Up Monday #19: Editing

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. This week–editing! Definitely an important thing.

Mash-Up Monday #19: Editing

  1. Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing your Fiction.
  2. How to Edit and Polish your Writing.
  3. 25 Steps to Edit the Unmerciful Suck out of your Story.
  4. Editing Tips for the Big Picture.
  5. Why Hire an Editor?

Mash-Up Monday #18: Flash Fiction

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. To go along with yesterday’s Sunday Editorial, today I wanted to showcase 5 links concerning flash fiction–tips for writing it, what it is, why you should write it, and more. Enjoy!

Mash-Up Monday #18: Flash Fiction

  1. 8 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction.
  2. Why Write Flash Fiction? and because there’s another article by the same name: Why Write Flash Fiction?
  3. Flash What? A Quick Look at Flash Fiction. This article also contains many helpful links about flash fiction.
  4. What Matters Most in Flash Fiction.
  5. Stories in Your Pocket: How to Write Flash Fiction.

Mash-Up Monday #17: Author Advice

After a holiday break, we’re back! “Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. What better way to kick off the new year than to read some advice from great authors?

Mash-Up Monday #17: Author Advice

  1. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing.
  2. “Game of Thrones” Editor Reveals Her Top Three Writing Tips.
  3. 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors.
  4. The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors.
  5. Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers.

Mash-Up Monday #16: Publishing

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. This week I have a few links about publishing. Unfortunately, as finals are this week, all I have time for are the links themselves without any commentary.

Mash-Up Monday #16: Publishing

  1. 4 Tips on the Publishing Experience, by Writer’s Digest.
  2. Rejection is a Healthy Thing, by Roger Colby.
  3. Ten Rules for Query Letters, by Maggie Stiefvater.
  4. How to Land a Literary Agent, by GalleyCat.
  5. 4 Reasons You Need a Business Plan for Your Book, by Writer’s Digest.

Mash-Up Monday #15: The Writing Process

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. This week we’ll take a look at a few links that have to do with the process of writing.

Mash-Up Monday #15: The Writing Process

  1. 7 Reasons to Write the Entire First Draft Before Going Back to the Beginning. All of the reasons here are great reasons to always finish the first draft before trying to go back and fix things. With NaNo just ending, this is something I was basically forced to do, as you need to get 50k words, which means not necessarily worrying about stuff you may have gotten wrong in earlier chapters. However, after actually finishing the 50k, I am definitely extremely glad I did it that way. Because now I have a draft finished (aka, goal accomplished), and I can see everything all at once. Furthermore, this also allowed me to come up with new ideas that I may not have come up with otherwise. For example, I wrote a scene and a few chapters later I realized that the scene I had written was wrong (for what I had planned), and while it didn’t fit in that spot, I was able to move that scene to another place because I loved the idea itself so much. In fact, it inspired me to want to go back and place another theme throughout the entire novel. Anyway, before this becomes a Sunday Editorial, moving on:
  2. Writing an Ending First. This is an incredibly fun thing to do. And, obviously, what you prefer as a writer matters a lot here. Writing the ending first may not work for you, and there is, again obviously, nothing wrong with that. It is, though, a fun thing to try–especially because it could turn out to be something that really works. In a way this almost reminds me of the old 70s series Columbo with Peter Falk. In many crime TV shows, the whole episode is about finding out who the killer is or whatnot, but in Columbo, you know right off the bat who the killer is (in a way, you’re given the ending first, though of course chronologically it’s the beginning as the murder happens before the investigation), and the episode then becomes about how Columbo himself puts that all together. And it’s incredibly enjoyable. With writing, it’d obviously be more for yourself than your reader, as you are writing the ending first and then finding out yourself how you get there. Something to try, anyway, perhaps.
  3. 6 Secrets of Writing a Novel without an Outline. For me personally, I love writing outlines. Not necessarily completely in-depth, but at least a rough outline of where I’m going. That being said, this article has a lot of great points that I always try to keep in mind. Even if you do make outlines, for example, it’s completely okay (and possibly even a better thing) to go off the rails and in another direction from that outline. But whether you write an outline or not, a lot of these things are important to keep in mind–you never want your novel to feel dry or, really, to feel like an outline. Making discoveries as an author and keeping the process fluid is definitely important.
  4. Dan Harmon’s Story-Breaking Process. Again, something that may not work for everyone, but it’s always interesting to see the different processes of various authors and perhaps try for yourself to see if maybe it will work for you too.
  5. 5 Tips to Get More Creative. These are some great tips to keep in mind when you’re writing a novel and going through your process of story writing. Tension is always important, at the beginning and throughout the book (end of chapters, for example); characterization is extremely important. It doesn’t matter as much how you go about writing your story–use the process that works for you–but it does matter to keep some things in mind no matter which process you use.

-Andrew

Mash-Up Monday #14: NaNoWriMo

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. NaNoWriMo just started, and so this week I thought I’d share a few links that I’ve found helpful.

Mash-Up Monday #14: NaNoWriMo

  1. Pep Talk by Neil Gaiman. What better to use as encouragement for NaNo than a pep talk written specifically for NaNo? Although it’s from 2007, it’s still every bit as relevant. Gaiman is the master, and he has some great advice here.
  2. NaNoWriMo Roundup. This blog entry from WordPress’s Daily Post shares the advice from many different people.
  3. NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Create an Outline. In my Sunday Editorial: NaNoWriMo I linked to a post on GalleyCat that listed 90 NaNo tips in one post, and I must again comment on how I love that site and the fact that they do give tips every day during November. Yesterday’s tip was this, and it’s one I’m personally quite fond of. However, I’d also make the argument for even those who don’t like outlining their novels, if you’re ever stuck during NaNo, perhaps consider briefly outlining the next scene or chapter. Often I’ll jot down a few quick notes on what I plan to write, and that allows me to get the actual writing done faster. Of course, in the end, whatever works for you is exactly what you should do.
  4. NaNo Tips–Awesome Ways to Get it Done. Yet another great blog entry with some helpful tips for NaNoers.
  5. The NaNoWriMo Checklist. Always good things to keep in mind while participating in NaNo.

Well, that’s all for today. I’m going to go hit the hay so I can be well-rested for a full day of writing tomorrow. ^^ Good luck to all my fellow NaNoers!

-Andrew

Mash-Up Monday #13: Halloween Special

“Mash-Up Monday” is a weekly post here at The Ambage where we post a mash-up of writing- or reading-related links that hopefully are helpful and inspiring. This week the links are all Halloween-related, for your reading pleasure this Thursday.

Mash-Up Monday #13: Halloween Special

  1. Free Scary Books for Halloween. GalleyCat strikes again, this time providing links to free e-books, ones that are especially great for Halloween.
  2. All Hallows’ Read. Thought up by the brilliant Neil Gaiman, here’s an awesome thing to do for Halloween.
  3. Crooked Ways. Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to our recently published collection of Halloween-themed stories. Consider purchasing the paperback and giving it a read this Halloween! ^^