1. School restarting (a sad kind of event for me which reminds me that I do miss teaching)
2. Rachel Harrie's Campaign (Yay! I am overly and unreasonably excited!)
3. Christine Tyler's Sparkfest (Great inspiration!)
But, as usual, there were still quite a few posts on writing that really got my attention:
There were a variety of great posts on exposition and backstory:
Lindsay Smith on The Expository Opening
Elana Johnson on When you need backstory and when you don't
Tuesday Tip on Literary Rambles on Exposition
In other writing advice, Kidlit posted about Overwriting and Why It's a Problem
Writer Beware posted about Satisfying Your Reader without Being Predictable
Natalie Whipple wrote an interesting post about Writing When You're NOT A Reader. It is an interesting read, even if you are a reading writer.
And Nathan Bransford wrote about how there is no such thing as an Overnight Success. I love, love, love this post! It annoys me when people seem to think that Stephanie Meyer blinked her eyes and Twilight was written. Like Bransford says--it takes a long time to write a novel and for a parent, every sentence is a moment you could be spending with your children. This thought plagues me every time I write/critique.
I'm a little stalled. What do you do when you are stalled? I usually try and write though it, but that isn't working for me this time. Sometimes I set the story aside for awhile, but I'm really resistant to that because I only have 15K left--which means if I can get restarted, I can finish the story in a week. Any advice?
I'm finding this website to be awesome! I've met some wonderful writerly friends, and I am excited to see the forums grow. Especially the historical forum--historical writers are suck a small subset of the blogging/writing world, and we need to find and support each other! I'm usually resistant to these kinds of forums due to unwanted emails, ads, etc--but I've had no problems with Ladies Who Critique.