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Saturday Summation – 27 July 2013

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…


Reading Stuff

If you don’t understand why classic literature gets so much praise and why we actually classify it as “classic”, then you will very much enjoy these reviews that BuzzFeed Books culled – 19 Depressing One-Star Reviews Of Classic Literature. For #5, I can’t tell if “A Customer” liked Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man or not.

Writing Stuff

Many an author or writer has been known to say in some form or other that you must read in order to write. Chuck Wendig’s version of this amused me recently in his “Writers: You Might Be Doing it Wrong if…” post. “If you’re a writer who doesn’t read, ooh, holy shitkittens, you’re super-mega-ultra-wrong.” Check out the rest of his list, too. You don’t even have to always agree with this guy to enjoy his rambles.

On the continued conversation of “you must read if you want to write”, Jenny Hansen gives a summary post about Jennifer Cruisie’s advice about determining where turning points should go in your novel. The reason I think the reading mantra is so important here is that if you don’t read, how can you feel when these turning points should come in your writing? If we only follow the formula of Exposition-Rising Action-Climax-Resolution, we’re missing some key factors with engaging our readers.

To that end, a good companion post to read is agent Rachel Kent’s on the “saggy middle” as a manuscript flaw. The dangerous chapter number? 17. Wouldn’t that be a good time to put in a turning point? (I looked at my 2 manuscripts to see if my turning points happened around that chapter number. MS #1: Chapter 18. MS #2: Chapter 16. Hurrah for doing something right!)

Video of the Week

Thank you to my mother-in-law for sharing this one with me. The One Billion Rising organization led an event to help people come together for the efforts to end violence against women and girls. This year it was through dance:

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