In the Blogosphere: 4/26-5/21
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“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
It’s been a few weeks since I did one of these posts. As I’ve mentioned, it’s been busy, busy, busy. I’ve been saving posts, but I haven’t been sharing them—how inconsiderate of me!
This oldie but goodie post is from John Robert Marlow’s Self Editing Blog, and it deals with something I’ve seen a lot of lately: bouncing eyeballs. Many writers—especially those writing young adult lit—have eyes and jaws and stomachs (and such) doing all sorts of things they couldn’t possibly be doing. And while expressions like “she rolled her eyes,” “his jaw fell to the floor,” “his stomach dropped to his knees” are simply that—expressions—idioms—they can sometimes be jarring to the reader, and it is recommended by many that writers avoid using such phrases. Marlow’s post does a great job of explaining why.
And, my absolute favorite example of this comes from when I attended book doctor Bobbie Christmas’s class at the 2008 Southeastern Writers Association conference. Christmas said she was editing a romance novel, and one of the lines read, “Her eyes were glued to his crotch.” If you think about that image—the literal image—that can definitely take you out of what I’m sure was supposed to be a hot-and-heavy moment!
But I digress. :)
In this post, Paulo Campos of yingle yangle suggests using film to expand your use of body language.
WRITING FOR YOUNGSTERS
Since I write YA and am a recovering high school (and middle school for one year) English teacher, I have a soft spot for all things kids’-lit related.
In her guest post on the Guide to Literary Agents blog, Jewel Allen offers some tips on writing middle-grade lit kids will dig.
To swear or not to swear? Andrea Brown Literary Agency’s Mary Kole discusses this very question in a few posts over at her blog, Kidlit.com. Here is the first of those posts.
LOGLINES & YOU
In the quest for representation, I have discussed queries and pitches and loglines a lot with other writers as well as here on the blog.
Over at Writer Unboxed, Kathleen Bolton explains why you need to be able to boil down your novel to one or two sentences.
Here, Bransford tells you just how to do that.
And what would the writing world be without pep talks?
Over at TotallytheBomb.com, YA author Jamie Harrington uses Rick Astley to keep us going when writing gets tough.
Sick of Nathan Bransford yet? Get over it! Here, he ‘splains that willpower is the greatest strength a writer can have.
Seekerville’s Camy Tang gives some ways one can balance writing and, well, everything else in life. Stress not—it *can* be done!
What’s this whole platform thing everyone’s talking about all the time? Well, YA author Jamie Harrington will tell you. She did a great little series over at her blog. A must-read/view for all writers.
- Jamie talks avatars. (No, not the movie.)
- Jamie talks gravatars.
- Jamie discusses your personal Web site.
- Jamie uses a video blog (or vlog) to show that not everyone gets their online info the same way—some go to Web sites, some read blogs, some watch vlogs, some e-mail, some tweet, etc.
- Above all, Jamie says to be true to yourself.