Thursday, November 11, 2010

Transition or....

This week I have been thinking about transition, the movement from one state to another. 
In our busy home there have been a few moments of transition. Some big. Some small. One child finished her school life. After exams the big wide scary world beckons...of course the parents are feeling it as well. How did she grow up so fast? 

Because of the older sisters transition, a younger one has to step up and do more for themselves. No one else is going to do the lunch, make sure you catch the bus in time etc. 

Last weekend I was on camp with the Youth Group. Here the transition was marked with half of the Youth coming from refugee camps. Learning English is hard enough, but what do you do with a sleeping bag...a kayak...a BBQ experiences all this is being a Kiwi?

In the writing blogosphere transition seems to be a dominant theme this week as well.

Kristen Lamb has a great series running over on her blog on structure and plot problems. This is one of the best articles I have read on looking at the 3 act structure and where writers can fail. You will be looking for the purple dragons in your manuscript.

Victoria Mixon has four rules that should be up over your desk...If you fail at any one of these the purple dragon will appear...

Writer’s Alley looks at storyboarding software (freebees) and there are some great programmes out there. Take a look at the screenshots. They give you are good feel for what the programme can do and if you love MS Word there are a few tips in there as well. It helps you to step back from your writing.

Jackee Aiston has a good set of rules for writing...where are your time wasters? How do you use your time? If you need to transition from staring at the screen to actually getting some work done these may be a good help.

What can be negotiated in a contract...what should be in there. Rachelle Gardner has a must read post on always I urge you to read the comments. Rachelle is a prominent member of the agent blogging community and is widely followed.

Over on Craicerplus (My Amplify Page) I have links to articles on

How Writers Can Use Twitter

How To Write Fights Games Races and Chases...

What Makes A Great Blog Tour

The Big List Of RPG Plots....(this is seriously good!!!)

To finish  Bob Mayer has a great article up on his blog Write It Forward....'Resistance is Futile' about the future of publishing as he sees it.  Bob is an excellent teacher and multi published best selling writer...Go take a look...

Transition or Die....



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout-out, and I am really happy you're enjoying the structure series.

Kristen Lamb

Bob Mayer said...

Thanks for the mention. All the blogs you list are good ones. Kristen is a member of our Write It Forward team at Who Dares Wins Publishing and we all use her book on Social Media. It's a time of transition for everyone.

Joybeth said...

Very helpful blog! Links are great.
Joy Held

Maureen said...

Hi Kristen,
I Like what you are doing at Warrior Writers!!!

Bob, I was thinking of you when I wrote the title...heheheheh

I am interested in what you both are doing with Who Dares Wins and Warrior Writer. (and I like Bob's Books...)

Here in NZ we have a small publishing community and we struggle to find an overseas market for our books...Innovative ways to get the word out that there is a treasure trove of great children's books here is one of the reasons for this blog. I hope to inspire and educate other NZ children's writers to look outside the box...Stealth Teaching....

I try my best to find helpful hints and links for writers down here...I'm glad you found them useful...That is a pat on the back for me!

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