I’ve stumbled across some great blog links over the last few weeks and wanted to share them.
Marion Dane Bauer posted a great blog about Caring About the Character. This summed up for me the missing ingredient in so many of the young adult contest entries I recently judged. You can read the blog post here.
Penumbra, an emagazine from Musa Publishing, posted a wonderful blog post about Saving the Filters for Your Coffee Pot. The post discussed the importance of removing those pesky filter words from your manuscripts before submitting. Filter words are something I learned a lot about from my editor for STAINED GLASS SUMMER. You can read the blog post here.
Contemporary Romance Writers RWA Chapter wrote a blog post about The Pain Makes It Real. This post talks about the importance of tapping into the emotional pain for our characters. As Marion Dane Bauer wrote in her blog post, Caring About the Character, these are the elements which help a manuscript go from well-written to contest wins and sold stories. You can read the post here.
I haven’t done a blog interview for awhile as most of my books have been out for awhile now, but I was interviewed this week on romance author, Mae Clair’s blog. It was a really fun interview and I enjoyed all the comments. That blog post is here.
And in a final note...this blog will be going on a light summer posting schedule with posts coming about once a week to every ten days during the next few months of summer. In the Pacific Northwest, these are the days we live for after all the rain and I’ll be out enjoying them–along with drafting a few new stories!