Wednesday links: Pace, profanity, and 2013’s top blogs

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.

Since my usual links post was cancelled last week, I decided that today I would bring you my favourite tips and articles from the last two weeks, instead.

1. Pace Yourself! Some Thoughts, Various and Sundry, on Pacing Your Novel, from The Other Side of the Story: How quickly or slowly a novel moves is often dependent on the content of the novel. Sometimes the novel will need to be fairly fast-paced, and other times it will need to move more slowly. Excerpt: “The pacing of a book is its music, its melody, its rhythm. To quote the great Frank Zappa, writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

2. How to Use Profanity And Other Raw Talk in Your Fiction, from Writer’s Digest: Using profane language in your writing can be a bit tricky. It can offend some readers, whereas other readers may feel it needs to be included in particular scenes. Your best option is to look at your writing and determine whether or not profanity would add to it. Excerpt: “Still, authors often debate the role of racy talk in contemporary literature. How much is too much? How do you know when you’ve gone too far, or not far enough?”

And a bonus: Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013 – The Winners, from Write to Done: I gave you a short list of some of my own favourite writing blogs, but there are plenty more out there. Here are Write to Done’s top 10.

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