Wednesday links, and a note

Hi, all! First, I just want to apologize for missing a post on Monday. It was Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canada, and I didn’t have the chance to write something up for Monday. I’m going to try to make better arrangements for future holidays, though, so hopefully it will work out better next time. Now, on to our regularly scheduled post.

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. About Kissing Scenes, from Pub(lishing) Crawl: I don’t write many kissing scenes (or romance in general, to be honest), but I’m sure I’ll have to at some point. This post will be very helpful when that time comes. Excerpt: “I like it when they kiss as much as the next reader, but if the kissing doesn’t accomplish something besides those warm tinglies, I’d recommend against actually describing any of the kissing and just leave it with ‘We/They kissed and it was nice.’ or whatever.”

2. Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November, from Writer Unboxed: It’s not enough to just have an idea when you sit down to write; you need to have the story, even if it isn’t completely outlined yet. Excerpt: “Here’s what most writers do, and why they fail: They come up with an interesting character and an interesting situation, and then they start writing to see where it’ll go. They figure that both the story and the character will come clear to them as they write. What they end up with is a narrative that’s basically just a bunch of things that happen.”

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