Fanthology 10.28.2020

Check out these cool bits and pieces I came across this week:

Writer Katie Buller has put together a complete treasure trove of tools for authors that is so comprehensive it’s in two parts: part 1 here and part 2 here.

Writers Helping Writers outlines 4 ways to fix a boring story.

Over at Scriptmag, writer William C. Martell gives us the goods on invisible plants and payoffs. The article is specifically for the screenwriter audience, but the advice is good for novels as well.

For those of you who are putting together your samples, be sure to check out the advice from writer Noemi Tasarra-Twigg at Freelance Writing Gigs on the portfolio mistakes you want to avoid.

Here’s one just for fun: From the same folks who gave us the uproarious It’s a Southern Thing YouTube channel, Bless Your Rank includes several hilarious videos of food and beverage rankings.

Fanthology 10.21.2020

A few interesting stories I came across this week:

On the Create Write Now site, writer Joy Held encourages writer wellness and challenges with five things for your writing.

At IngramSpark, writer Scott La Counte explains how to promote a book on social media.

Derek Hanes at Just Publishing Advice discusses using a free starter series to sell more books.

BBC News has a life-imitates-myth story where an eight-year-old girl pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden.

Continuing with the “children leading us” theme, Good News Network has what we hope will be good news indeed: 14-year-old girl wins $25k for a scientific breakthrough that could lead to a Covid-19 cure.

Fanthology 10.14.2020

Here’s some fun stuff I came across this week:

Over at Scriptmag, writer Ray Morton delves into the best exposition scene ever written.

Writer Katie Buller provides a fabulous resource roundup for authors. (I hope to be added to her “Amazing Author Blogs” one day!)

At Ingramspark, writer Penny C. Sansevieri outlines 11 things you need to plan for holiday sales.

Writer Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice gives us some news we can all use: 20 practical ways you can make money blogging.

For those of you who followed Bitter Script Reader (I did for years!), he’s been revealed. Scott Myers interviews him over at Go Into the Story.

Fanthology 10.7.2020

Check out these cool stories I came across this week:

Get social! At Freelance Writing Gigs, writer Kimberly Black shares info on the Benefits of Networking with Other Freelance Writers.

Speaking of social – be sure you do it right. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman at Script Magazine has some advice on social media etiquette.

For the DIY crowd, Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice shows us all how to format an ebook in Microsoft Word.

Writer Katie Buller outlines self-care for authors – advice we would all do well to heed.

File this under “Love the Environment”: Good News Network shares a story by Andy Corbley about a super enzyme that eats plastic bottles.

Fanthology 9.30.2020

Check out these interesting and helpful tidbits I came across this week:

  • Matt Ott, one of my colleagues, penned this timely and thought-provoking piece on personal resilience.
  • Every writer has questions from time to time. Writer’s Digest has some publishing FAQs with answers.
  • Why have your characters walk into a room when they can amble, shuffle, stagger, and so on? One of the readers of Go Into The Story provides a PDF of 115 words for “walk” and a bonus PDF of 90 words for “look.”
  • If you’re planning to do National Novel Writing Month (held in November) this year, be sure to check out The Ultimate Guide to Planning for NaNoWriMo by writer Savannah Gilbo. This comprehensive guide is chock full of good info on novel-planning for any month.

Fanthology 9.23.2020

A few interesting and helpful things I found this week:

  • Running short of ideas? Check out this list of 300 story ideas from Go Into the Story. The blog is written by Scott Myers, who is the most generous man on the planet.

Fanthology 9.16.2020

A few interesting things I found this week:

  • Over on his website, Steven Pressfield discusses the need for historical fiction and its ability to portray notions such as honor and integrity in a way that contemporary literature cannot.
  • While you’re on Pressfield’s site, take advantage of all the expertise he imparts. I recommend starting here.
  • Writer Melanie Roussel has an informative and entertaining post on technobabble. This is a must read for those who write science fiction or speculative fiction.

Fanthology 9.9.2020

A few interesting things I found this week:

Fanthology 9.2.2020

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to revise the I’m a Fan post on Wednesdays to link to several helpful or entertaining items instead of highlighting one per week. Like so:

  • At Scriptmag: a valuable primer on subtext.