Mid-April Been ’round the blogosphere again…

What I’ve been reading around the writing and publishing blogosphere so far this month: 

Stephen Hunt on the BBC, during World Book Night, completely shunning SFF as a genre: “Imagine a world where those in charge of broadcast programming have decided that polo, show jumping and grouse shooting are the only sports considered decent to be aired on TV and radio. You open the sports pages of newspapers to find page-after-page of coverage of how many birds a group of investment bankers have blasted into feathers over the glorious twelfth. No football. No cricket. No car racing. No rugby.”

Larry Brooks on Story Engineering, over on Writer Unboxed. “When writers find something new, their creative juices get recharged.  Hope is resurrected, and that sells books.”

J. Nelson Leith on Story Structure: “Story structure isn’t an arbitrary standard imposed like some tyrannous artifice upon the Free Spirit of fiction. Human beings are animals with very real cognitive patterns and biases that make a huge difference in how we receive and process information.”

Leading into a scene vs. including backstory, over on TalkToYoUniverse:
“While somewhat different, I think this question of foundation and setup is related to the question of how and when to include character backstory.”

Freakonmics asks: Who’s the Biggest Loser in E-books? (with a hat tip to my friend Andy, who sent me a link to the article). “the latest edition of the Authors Guild bulletin, reprinting a recent e-mail alert to Guild members, shows that under current royalty configurations, the real losers aren’t the publishers; it’s the authors.”

A. Victoria Mixon talks about 5 Pickles to Write Yourself Into. “As we all know, there are more ways to make a mess of your manuscript than angels on the head of a pin. So I’m not going to try to hit them all here, just some of the main ones I see crop up repeatedly in the work of fresh, innocent, hopeful aspiring writers.”

Kristen Lamb: The Antagonist Part One: Introducing the Big Boss Troublemaker. “Conflict is the core ingredient to fiction, even literary fiction. Conflict in any novel can have many faces and often you will hear this referred to as the antagonist. The antagonist is absolutely essential for fiction. He/she/it is the engine of your story. No engine, and no forward momentum.”

Along a similar vein, over at Help! I Need a Publisher! Nicola Morgan addresses goals and obstacles driving your plot. “Every novel needs goals and obstacles. Or, rather, the main character does. So, I thought I’d offer you a practical lesson in this, in case it’s something you haven’t properly thought through.”

Kevin Hearne talks about The Continuing Evolution of Myth over on Suvudo. “Perhaps the most appealing aspect of urban fantasy to me is its ability to update myths and make them meaningful for modern audiences.”

The Art of Playing God at The Night Bazaar. “Okay, so: worldbuilding. It’s part of what makes sf&f so much fun, both to read and to write. Playing the “what if” game never gets old. But where do you start? How do you develop a world both fascinatingly unique and totally convincing?”

TalkToYoUniverse: Introducing The Writer’s International Culture Share. “What if there were a place on the web where writers from all over the world – including the US – could share folklore, local culture, religious stories and details of daily life that would be difficult or nearly impossible to discover through ordinary web research avenues?” (as an aside, I think this is SUCH a neat idea. ~Jessica)

At the Literary Lab: Voice is Choice. “What I’m thinking about lately is word choice and the enormous effect it has on writerly voice. Reading the recent Camus translation just sort of spurred me on to write this post today.”

SF Signal Podcast – Who Are the ‘Big Three’ Female Science Fiction Authors? “In episode 37 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel: Q: Which 3 female authors had the same impact on science fiction as the “big three”: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Robert A. Heinlein?”

About Jessica

Dork extraordinaire, that's me! An unhealthy knowledge of Star Trek, a love of books, a fondness for purring cats.
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