Misc

These are all the writing links that don’t┬áhave their own pages yet!

Site
Description
Topic
Usefulness Rating
Building Blocks of Great YA FictionThis has some great reminders about what should (and shouldn't) be included when writing to the YA audience. Basic stuff, but good reminders all the same. YA4
Understanding AntagonistsDiscusses what goes into building a compelling antagonist, along with a brief overview of the psychology of psycho- and sociopaths. Character4
Brainstorming Your HeroGreat, simple to follow suggestions for brainstorming your Hero before starting your story. Character5
How to Plot a Book Starting with the AntagonistThis completely blew my mind! The idea of focusing on the antagonist as the plot catalyst instead of the protagonist is a subtle, but powerful shift in thinking. Character5
Tips for Writing Multiple POVGood specifics about when to use multiple POVs in a story and how to do it effectively. Character5
Sample Mystery Plot OutlineThe organizational side of my brain did cartwheels when I saw this! Basically a scene by scene outline of how a mystery plot unfolds. Plot5
Habits of Successful YA AuthorsAlways useful to hear tips from successful authors. This covers a range of general ideas on how to write YA effectively. YA4
How Editing is like a Witches PotionGood overview of the editing process and a list of what you should be tackling when you edit. Editing4
Revision Checklist: Most Common ProblemsThis is a GREAT article from an editor's perspective on the most common plotting problems. The list will get you started, although I would love to see examples as well! Editing4
Dramatic Structure and PlotWhile geared towards mystery plots, this has some awesome guidance on how to structure any plot. With diagrams! Plot4
Adjusting Your Writing ScheduleThis article looks at very specific tips for setting up a writing schedule and being flexible when life inevitably gets in the way. If you've struggled to stick with a writing habit, check it out. Habit5
Misused Writing AdviceI often say that hearing what NOT to do is just as useful to me as advice on what to do (maybe more). This article takes some common advice you hear as a writer, that often isn't explained more throughly, then looks at the why behind that advice. Covered advice topics are: Write a Likable Character; Write Unpredictable Endings; Avoid Detailed Descriptions; Flesh Out Minor Characters; Adding Conflict; Using Action TagsCraft5