My brain is a bit fried today, so rather than being my normal witty and insightful self, I thought I’d share some links I’d run across in the past week. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen a couple of these before!
How to Write a Book in Three Days – Michael Moorcock. Now, this one threw me. He’s talking about writing a pretty formulaic potboiler, but I found it fascinating just because I didn’t realise it was possible to write a book in three days. Okay, well if I type 70 words a minute, I suppose it’s technically possible to type 4,200 words an hour, but in truth when I’m composing I can do about 1,000 words in 2 hours. So at 500 words an hour, if I did nothing but type for 72 hours straight (no eating and no peeing), I’d still only have 36,000 words at the end of a long weekend. Since I like to sleep and take cupcake breaks, this is looking more and more difficult. But still… a fascinating read!
The Hero’s Arc. This one I found really helpful. A lot of the “writing help” articles on blogs these days seem to be the same thing over and over, but I’d never seen this information presented so clearly! It’s all about the driving force of your story, aka “the hero’s arc”.
I Pity New Writers. I suppose I liked this article because it confirmed what I already thought. Author Mark Chadbourn talks about how being a new writer today is so vastly different than when he started in publishing.
Things Your Characters Should Never Say by Victoria Mixon. This one is good for a laugh.
And lastly, the Official 2010 “Write Your Ass Off Day”. This is an online write-a-thon where a buncha lotta folks are going to sit down and write 3000 words in one day. There is an in-person event in NYC, but also and online version. I’m planning to participate… if my characters will let me. (I’ve never had such difficult bastards as the current bunch, so I’m afraid I’m a slave to their whims in a way I never have been with other characters. I just pray this is a good sign.) Do consider joining the event… it should be fun!
Enjoy! Tune in tomorrow for the new WAG topic, and if you haven’t posted your own WAG for this week, it’s not too late! (Unless you’re reading this tomorrow, in which case it kinda is. Oops!)