The Week in Links 4/3/15

Fantasy/ Sci-Fi Horror i09: 10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin Magical Words: The Why and How of Magic Fantasy Cafe: Woman in SF&F Month: Renay From Lady Business Fantasy Author’s Handbook: How Long Should Your Fantasy Novel Be?  SF Signal: [GUEST POST] Special Needs in Read more…

The Week in Links 3/27/15

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Forbes: ‘Insurgent,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ And The Rise Of The Female Action Hero People: It Follows: Three Reasons You Need to See the Indie Horror-Movie Phenomenon Is not reading white cis male authors for a year prejudiced? Neil Gaiman responds. Tor.com: Update: The X-Files Is (Definitely!) Reopening Soon! Fantasy Cafe: Guest Post: Beth Bernobich Read more…

The Week in Links & Posts 3/20/15

Writing and Publishing FutureBook: Joanna Penn: Virtual reality and the future of publishing U.S. News: High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing Lexirad: 5 Publishing Tips I Learned From Working at Amazon Mythic Scribes: The Great Free Book Debate: The Readers Susan Spann: Getting the Most From YOUR Conference Season Nathan Meunier: A Read more…

The Week in Links 3/13/15

Writing and Publishing Writer’s Digest: 6 Tips to Writing a Bestselling YA Series GalleyCat: Toni Morrison On Failure Epic Reads: The 18 Most Beautiful YA Endpapers in the World The Book Designer: What the Art of Storytelling Can Teach Us about Marketing Tech Crunch: Amazon’s ‘Write On’ Crowd-Publishing Platform Opens Read more…

The Week in Links 3/6/15

Writing and Publishing Mythic Scribes: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Descriptions – Part 1 GalleyCat: Children’s Books Authors Protest Against Assigning Genders to Books “Let’s be clear: I do not talk about ‘girl’ stuff. I do not talk about body parts. I do not do a ‘Your Menstrual Cycle and Read more…

Character Descriptions

Character physical descriptions. How much information do you give? Or rather, how much information do you need to give? Once again, there are no set-in-stone rules on how you handle this. From reading romance novels, I’ve gathered the author is expected to give a thorough description of how the characters look. On Read more…

Writers Don’t Be Lazy

I’ve gotten too comfortable with my writing. Need to do something about that.  In a short story I wrote recently, my characters did a lot of chuckling, eye rolling and frowning. Nothing wrong with this, right? It is when they’re used out of pure laziness. I couldn’t think of another Read more…