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On Monday’s post, from concept to story, I talked about theme, character, and point of view. I went surfing to find some links that explored these subjects in more depth than my short overview could give, and I found links to articles for the novice and advanced writer.
Beginning any novel is a terrifying first step for some writers, so we’ll lead this week’s links with Anna Elliott’s post where she talks about beginnings with Sloppy Firsts.
Alicia Rasley of Edittorrent has some excellent articles on the theme of your novel, and she uses clear examples on ways you can implant the theme in your story. Endings and Anarchy tells you how to use your theme effectively and precisely where to place your theme in your novel. For an article that combines one of Alicia’s discussions on point of view with the novel’s theme, check out Deep POV.
point of View
While the theme of your novel is definitely important, it’s not what makes your novel feel big according to Donald Maass. Mr. Maass talks about how point of view can be integrated with other factors to make your novel shine.
Sterling Editing has a lovely web site with a Writer’s Toolbox, and that is where I found this post by Tara K. Harper from a writer’s workshop. Ms. Harper explains how to decide whether to use First Person or Third Person point of view and offers some questions you might like to ask yourself as you’re trying to decide.
Alan Rinzler tells you how to fall in love with your characters with a detailed post that has advice for both the novice and seasoned novelist.
Jordan E. Rosenfeld shows you the trick of Makin’ it Real with his suggestions on character development.
Where’s a great place to connect with other writers? Well it’s at the Writer’s Chatroom, of course. Moderated every Wednesday evening by Audrey Shaffer, the Writer’s Chatroom is open from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST where you can drop in or out as your schedule allows. This week’s topic is your writing process. Do you have a schedule? Daily/weekly writing goals? Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer? Visit the Writer’s Chatroom tonight and pick up some great writing tips or leave a few!
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Jane Friedman at Writers’ Digest has the Writers’ Digest Best Tweets for Writers. Great advice and posts all in one convenient place.
On December 18, Nathan Bransford did a write-up for This Year in Publishing.
Jessica Rosen runs a Friday Forum that I’ve been wanting to add for some time; now she’s here. Check out Jessica’s Friday Forum: Grab Their Attention for some great links on those pesky first paragraphs, pages, and chapters.