I don't know about you, but I love reading books to help me on my craft. Even after 4 years of college and years of writing experience, I am still learning new things and techniques. Armed with my highlighter, I mark up these books and take notes on what I can use for my writing. The only down side, carrying those books and highlighters around. The joy of the electronic age, is that you I don't have to anymore. Yes, e-books is one way to electronically learn, but so are podcasts.
Podcasts are great when commuting to and from work, when taking long road trips, or even when cleaning your house. So here's a list of some create podcasts to check out. If you need more, simply google writing podcasts. You'll get lists from others out there as well.
"SCBWI brings our members engaging podcasts with leaders in the children’s book field. Sit in on these conversations to get informed and inspired!"- from Website.
"Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers." - from Website.
The Writing University
"The Writing University podcast offers recordings of writing events associated with the University of Iowa" - from iTunes.
The Dead Robots' Society
"The Dead Robots' Society is a gathering of aspiring writers podcasting to other aspiring writers hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication" - from iTunes.
The Creative Penn
"The Creative Penn podcast provides information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing, print-on-demand, internet sales and marketing . . . for your book." - from iTunes.
"The Grammar Girl podcast provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer." - from iTunes.
4 Ways to Motivate Characters and Plot by Guest Colomn
Some of your characters will change during the course of your story—let’s call them changers. Others—stayers--will not change significantly in personality or outlook, but their motivations may nonetheless change as the story progresses from situation to situation. Both changers and stayers can have progressive motivations.
Confused? Don’t be; it’s simpler than it may seem. Characters come in four basic types:
By Nancy Kress
When you know the key motivation(s) behind your character and plot, you can write scenes that not only make sense to you and your readers, but also add depth to your story. Because character and plot are intertwined, we’ll refer to the above four as character/plot patterns. Let’s further explore each one.
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