Whew! After yesterday’s big burst of cool stuff, today’s a day for a breather. Just three pieces for you: two on craft, one on marketing.
- Let’s start with Jordan Dane (@JordanDane) on The Kill Zone with 5 Tips on World Building from Scratch. Now, this might seem like something only for science fiction and fantasy writers, and indeed that’s the way Jordan pitches it, but every story contains a world that isn’t necessarily all like the one you or I live in, so some of Jordan’s tips apply to any genre.
- SF writer Michael Swanwick doesn’t appear here very often–more’s the pity–but today he presents A Paragraph from Lucius Shepard’s Skull and the Lessons I Want You to Learn From It on his Flogging Babel blog and despite the long title, it’s worth a look. The short form: “Out! Out, damn adverb.” But there’s much more.
- Finally, Jordyn Redwood (@JordynRedwood) presents the third in her Marketing Your Debut Novel series on WordServe Water Cooler, focused around this question: Who is My Reader? This post takes a different tack from others on the topic by finding a middle ground between identifying a story’s genre and picking a single individual to represent all target readers. Jordyn does recommend identifying a target group, but then adds the twist of identifying what current/recent movies or TV series your story compares to that that group also enjoys.
And that’s all for now.