First, a big thanks to Inkygirl Debbie Ridpath Ohi for permission to snag her super-cool comic. (Debbie creates original comics weekly for her other blog Will Write for Chocolate. This week she posted a comic that’s sure to be appreciated by all writers but especially book-signing authors.) Second, Kath is still beaching it up, but Therese is slipping into her seat again to deliver some linky goodness (wow, comfy seat…and buttons all over the place).
The Smart Bitches offer not only a fun madlib but entice our inner artists to let loose inThe Big Kahuna Contest, creating original cover art using the Bitches very own, very fertile synopsis…Results from the 2006 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest are in. Treat yourself to a visit and read Jim Guigli’s winning burrito-inspired entry…Ray blogs about the importance of maintaining the tension created with your story’s inciting event, at least in the first chapter…The Alphabet Girls offer a Wednesday Workout for your characters on stress…The Publicity Hound blogs about how to get the best photo session for your publicity shot, and points us to the original article here…The New York Times published an Opinion piece by author Katha Pollitt, who thanks us all for the sales bump she got after a reviewer dissed her book (ht Book Ninja)…Sephera Giron at Storytellers Unplugged reminds us how important it is to MOVE. “Ass out of chair for at least an hour a day,” says Giron. Not only will you have a healthier body for moving around, you’ll have a pumped mind–better to storytell with, my dears.
More after the jump…
On the pro front, Kristin Nelsen has a monster (seven parts!) multi-post segment on royalties. Have a contract? Want to be prepared? Read Kristin’s post!…Evil Editor illustrates why you shouldn’t include too many characters (like, 20) in a query letter…Miss Snark hints that 1) she knows Evil and 2) he’s got a lovely mug, so I guess there goes my Dr. Evil theory. The Q of Snark also points to Kirsten Mortensen’s site, where you’ll find a great list of “aweful” (so good they make you want to stop writing) books–perfect timing if you’re looking for a summer read…Nephele Tempest at The Knight Agency Blog talks up the paranormal genre and points us to a great spoof post on (ab)normality at Paperback Writer… Meanwhile, TOR editor Anna Genoese is considering quitting her job to go sell pie (yum, stock up on key lime and blueberry).
Lighthouse Writing Tips blogs about how the Actors’ Studio method can help writers squeeze the most juice from character-character conflict. (Screenwriting junkies might also like visiting some cinema deconstruction sites online, including Milk Plus and Notes on Cinema, where bloghosts talk up narrative theory and dive into the inner workings of some interesting films!)
Ooh, I found a beach button on this chair! Here’s a message from Kath: “I’m sending over a few lovely images of some beautious beaches. It’s not the same, I know. But still.
This is Kaui.
Here’s a lovely stretch from Costa Rica.
The Goddess of Link will be back next week (thank heavens). Until then, write on!