lunch hour links for writers – 1/20/10

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ericahayes Author Erica Hayes is coming to helluo librorum on Monday, JanuaryShadowfaecover 25 when she has graciously offered to write a guest post for us! Who the heck is Erica Hayes, you ask?

Erica Hayes is the author of the Shadowfae, the first novel in the Shadowfae Chronicles “a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerise you with their song and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs.”

shadowglass Watch for her latest novel, Shadowglass (book two of the Shadowfae Chronicles), which is scheduled to be released on March 2, 2010. Just so you know, Shadowglass received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

Before she comes to helluo librorum, you can get to know Erica by visiting some of her past guest posts and interviews:

Guest posts by Erica: Magical powers – you do the charm, you wear the harm ; Lets Hear It for the Bad Guys (or vampires and why they’re cool); and my personal favorite, Conflict, or Tales of the Unexpected.

You can check out some great interviews with Erica at SciFiGuy and Dark Faerie Tales.

You can also visit Erica at her blog: Faerylite ; her web site: The Shadowfae Chronicles ; or follow her on Twitter.

anatomy of a novel

Monday’s post was on the anatomy of a novel, so in keeping with our structured theme (get it? structured theme? a tiny pun? no? I’ll stop now . . .), I’ve tried to find some really great links to posts on the structure of your novel.

Take time to find the structure and style that suits your writing the best. Everyone has a different way into their novels or short stories, so don’t feel constricted by one method or another. Mix and match until you find the structure that fits your writing style or story.

Probably one of my favorite online posts about the structure of a novel comes from Peder Hill, who talks about conflict and character within your story structure.

Randy Ingermanson outlines the ten easy steps of the snowflake method for working through your initial synopsis. I like Randy’s article, because he and I share the philosophy that any synopsis or outline is a living document and can be changed as the circumstances or characters dictate.

Mel Menzies offers twelve tips on a plan for novel writing that is quick and easy to digest.

Ron Brown outlines the classic structure of a horror novel and offers a suggestion for a helpful book from those wonderful folks at Writer’s Digest, How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.

For horror writers: another great book that just came to my attention last week is Writers Workshop of Horror. Edited by horror author Michael Knost and with essays by Elizabeth Massie, Clive Barker, Tom Piccirilli, Deborah LeBlanc, and Ramsey Campbell (to name a few), this book covers everything from “Creating Effective Beginnings” to “Formatting Your Manuscript.” These essays apply to developing good writing skills and good writing skills apply to all genres.


What is a novel’s theme? Check out Novel-Writing Help for the answer and some links to more articles on theme. If that doesn’t do the trick for you, head over to read Joanne Reid’s post on writing your novel’s theme.

Larry Brooks wants you to make sure your novel has a theme over at Men with Pens.


Oh and what a goldmine I found over at Steampunk! Crawford Kilian has a series of posts with advice on novel writing! Everything from developing solid work habits to advice on reading contracts. Go, go, go, then come back so I can show you what I found on . . .


It’s your world, and Kim Kay gives some helpful hints on making it work, while the Fiction Writers give you some key points to keep in mind when beginning your novel.

writer’s chatroom

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 so you can drop in or out as your schedule allows. Visit the Writer’s Chatroom tonight and pick up some great writing tips or leave a few!

links to links

Jane Friedman at Writers’ Digest has the Writers’ Digest Best Tweets for Writers. Great advice and posts all in one convenient place.

Over at Pimp My Novel, you’ll find news from the publishing industry, so check out The Dad Lunch Round-Up: Redux for publishing news and links.

Nathan Bransford continues his excellent weekly round-up of publishing news with This Week in Publishing.

Jessica Rosen has moved her Friday Forum to Tuesday, but it’s no less valuable. Check out this week’s list of links Query Rejection.


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2 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 1/20/10

  1. Crof says:

    Thanks for the kind words–but Steampunk has a very old version of my advice on novels. For more recent material, see my blogs Writing Fiction ( ) and Write a Novel ( ), which is a do-it-yourself online course.

    Cheers and keep writing–


    • Teresa says:

      Thank you so much for the updated links! I’ll be sure to post them in the next edition of lunch hour links so they aren’t overlooked. Both sites are really wonderful.

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