First, the best story exercise generator EVAR!! Bonnie Neubauer’s StorySpinner. I love this thing. I totally used it to generate the basic springboard for PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE, my 2010 NaNoWriMo project. While you’re on her site, hit the Home button for links to her writing books, exercises, workshops and more.
As I said earlier in the week, I did an article for The Blood-Red Pencil on publishing for Amazon AND Smashwords, with additional links in the comments section.
Another recommendation for the Writer’s Knowledge Base. This is Elizabeth Spann Craig’s collection of the best articles on the web for people who write and for writers who want to publish. AWESOMESAUCE!
You know me and tiny/storybook/odd houses. If you don’t know me and tiny/storybook/odd houses, I’ll tell you: I love them. Perhaps inordinately. Look it up. Anyway, I just stumbled onto this web site for Coober Pedy, Opal Capital of the World. That alone is enough to make me drool, but even better is the “architecture”. Check it out!
Finally for this Friday, a great site for people who want to explore being vegan, for themselves, for loved ones or for a character. VegWeb has articles, recipes and a forum, so you can ask questions of real people who are also exploring or proficient in vegan living.
WRITING PROMPT: Look out your window. Focus on one thing. Describe it minutely.
arlee birdFebruary 4, 2011 at 2:12pm
I’ll check out these links. I liked the suggestion you offered at Patricia Stoltey’s blog about starting a writer’s group. I can see where an approach such you suggest could work.
Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011
Marian AllenFebruary 4, 2011 at 2:34pm
Well, it did work for us! The suggestion about going through the library is a good one, too: The Adult Outreach program at our county library advertised classes for writers (with me as the sucker bait), and a bunch of published writers showed up as well as people who were just thinking about writing. That turned into a critique group.
The Yard BardFebruary 4, 2011 at 2:35pm
Eee! Tiny houses! When we were house hunting about eight years ago, we found one place that I thought was perfect. As we strolled through and took note of the amenities, I noticed that my husband seemed to be shrinking! Turns out that the place was built just a little… little in all directions. What was just right for my 5′ 4″ self was giving my 6′ 4″ husband claustrophobia.
We didn’t buy it, but I do love tiny houses. 🙂
Marian AllenFebruary 4, 2011 at 3:53pm
Heee! I love thinking about tiny houses, researching them, looking at pictures of them, pretending I’m designing them. Of course, if I HAD one, I’d need a storage shed the size of the Taj Mahal to store all my books and Stuff–lol!
Nancy WilliamsFebruary 4, 2011 at 6:49pm
Good links. Not feeling the best so I’m going to skip the look out the window thing today.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author
Marian AllenFebruary 5, 2011 at 10:42am
I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well! 🙁
Big congratulations on your great review! I need to hustle myself over and buy a copy of Treasures!