Friday, June 10, 2011

Useful info, anyone

Welcome SheWriter's from the Blogger Ball. To get back to the Ball Click here.

I thought I'd share cool links to some awesome writing sites. And give a tip on the art of suspending your readers belief.

Awesome Links for writers:

Daily Writing Tips    


Muse It Up Conference/Info


Writing Tip:

How to suspend your reader’s belief

I write paranormal, science fiction, and, fantasy stories and my job is to make my readers believe what I write. No matter how far-fetched it may seem. How do I do this? I place my readers in a believable world initially, and have my protagonist react to that world in a realistic manner. Once my MC has credibility with the readers and has reacted normally, as my readers would to changes in their world, then I can add elements of fantasy, science fiction, etc. to the plot that the MC must overcome. But add those elements slowly. Don’t dump your MC into everything all at once and expect them to sink or swim…it’ll be too much. And your readers won’t believe it. I’m sure you’ve thought it, ‘Nobody could endure that,’ or ‘they’d go crazy or that just doesn’t seem believable.’ So sure go ahead and torture your MC, but do it a little at a time to make it more believable.

Do you have any writing tips? Come on and share it with everyone.

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!!!!


16 comments:

  1. I just have one writing tip: sit down in the morning, and write as many sentences as you can. Nothing replaces practice...

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  2. Muriel, perfect advice. Without but in seat none of this mean anything at all anyway.

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  3. Hi,

    Stopping by from the SheWrites blog hop. Great post. I enjoyed your blog.

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  4. Thanks for the weblinks. Whatever genre the writing is, there should be some element of mystery to keep readers interested. And well-paced, I should add.

    www.totsymae.com

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  5. Hello. Stopping by from the Bloggers Ball Redux. I will check out the links. Good advice about grounding your characters in the ordinary. I'd really like to read some of your fiction. Any preference where I should start?

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  6. Dawn, thank you for the weblinks! I'm with Muriel, practice does cultivate good material! I say, write, just write! It's good for the soul!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by Karen, Tosh and Bella.

    Carol, I'm not published yet but if you'd like to swap a read, email me.

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  8. I'm here from She Writes. Thanks for the links.

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  9. I'm amazed at anyone who can write paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and anything else that isn't drawn from reality. My favorite writing prompt is just to look at a photo and write.

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  10. Appreciate the links and the good writing tips. You're so right about feeding in the story a bit at a time and building the world so the reader has time to absorb it and believe it.

    My writing tip--fall in love with your story and know your characters.

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  11. Dancing over from the SW ball. Great post. As an aspiring fantasy novelist, your tips are very useful. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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  12. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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  13. I think every writer has their own little world and what works for one may not work for the other, but I do know to be good, truly good at anything requires at least 10,000 hours... A friend told me this when I started to follow my writing dream. With writing, the only thing that makes a person better, stronger, etc., is to write. To write, is to write, is to write. I only have to read my first attempts to know this to be true. That is my tip.

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  14. Great tip - thank you.
    My tip is... NaNoWriMo... write like made til it's done.. then go back and fix it later. ;)

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  15. Brenda that is a great tip and one I'm sure every writer can agree on. I cringe when I look at what I first wrote. Compared to what I produce now it was preschool writings.

    Michelle, I've never participated in NaNoWriMo but I said this year I would try. I'll chronicle it on the blog as motivation to do it or something. LOL I need motivation because my time is strapped but I'm going to do it. Thanks for the tip!

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  16. Yes, no info dumping in scifi or a complex fantasy world, yet you do have to figure out every detail of the world before you even write chapters or it'll be inconsistent.
    I do a lot of pre-writing and drawing of maps.

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