On triumphing over evil

I know I’ve got a couple of friends working on these right now, and that they are generally dreaded and universally un-fun to write, so I thought I’d share a useful link from agent Susie Townsend’s blog.

Click on over for tips on how to defeat the evil that is the synopsis.  She offers both general advice – maintaining tension and a sense of conflict, infusing the synopsis with narrative voice, etc. – but also gives some specific examples to clarify her points.  Helpful stuff.

Anybody have other nifty links for help with synopses?  If so, please share them in the comments!

Some nifty for you

A short entry today, and just to share the link to a rather useful new blog series.  Agents Suzie Townsend and Joanne Volpe have started posting their analysis/response to the first pages of manuscripts.  They’re calling it “First Page Shooter” and, I must say, it’s quite interesting to see the range of material being sent to agents, not to mention their feedback about that material.

That is all.

Look at the shiny!

*Sticks head into large empty room full of dust bunnies*  “Hey, anybody in here?”  *voice echoes like an insane ghost trapped in a funhouse*  “Well, crap.  The last person out could have at least turned off the lights.”

Okay, I’ve got four days until the end of the month and the world ends I reach my self-imposed deadline to finish and send out Blood Red Sun.  The blog, I know, is suffering.  *beats self around head and neck*

So, in a pathetic attempt to atone for the recent drought, I’ve managed to round up some fun, shiny links to share.

First, head over to Genre for Japan.  They are live auctioning all sorts of amazing stuff and the proceeds will benefit the survivors of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/reactor meltdown/general catastrophic horribleness.

On her blog Practical Free Spirit, Amy Sundburg writes about the ways that writing has changed how she thinks.  I read this and thought: hey, yeah!

For your daily funny, Chuck Wendig explores the myriad ways writers are like rabid, dangerous animals who should be approached with caution in his post Beware of Writer over on Terrible Minds.

For those of you feeling like being productive, click on over to Writing Excuses and check out the latest podcast–this one focuses on writing action scenes.

And, since I promised shiny, a fire-breathing robot dragon.  For reals.

Okay…aaaand, back to work.  See you in April.

Procrastinate, my precious

I’m a busy bee today, so I’ve put up a few links to distract you from whatever you’re supposed to be working on.  Never say I don’t do my part.

The SFWA blog on putting a price tag on your ideas (or not).

Chuck Wendig on how to avoid starvation and death as a writer.

Some advice for bloggers from Kristen Lamb.

A new Writing Excuses podcast on making the reader feel fear for your characters.

Have some great links of your own to share?  Post ’em in the comments…and happy procrastinating, my dears!