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May 21st, 2010

The Chirps of Other Wordbirds

by Madeleine Rex

Because I had an absolutely thrilling time the other day while compiling a list of blogs you either are following or should be, and I’ve read a remarkable amount of fantastic posts this week, I resolved to compile yet another list. This time, of said fantastic posts.

Without further ado, the most beautiful and in-tune chirps of other Wordbirds this week:

(Not all of these posts were posted this week, I simply read them this week.)

The post(s): Kiersten White has been on a rampage concerning romance in YA novels. She’s touched on love triangles, the bad boy rage, sterotypes in YA lit, and love. Her stream of posts has been incredibly insightful, and, honestly, I’ve agreed with everything she’s said. So, yes, please read.

The Quote:

Here’s my opinion. You can’t tell me that you love and care about someone and then tell me you’re also considering another person as an option and can’t deny your attraction to them. Of COURSE you can. Attraction may be instantaneous, but lust is always a choice. Progression is always a choice. So these heroines who are actively dating/stringing along more than one guy? Sorry, girls: you aren’t confused or torn. You’re a player. (Or playa, if you want to be hip. Which, if you are dating two guys, you probably already think you are.)

The Post: Sarah Enni discusses the importance of three dementional characters in Make Like Avatar and Get 3D. She gives some great examples. This should be, in my opinion, a writer’s key focus.

The Quote:

It’s important for characters to have primary features or qualities that make them real, whole people.

Strong-willed, jealous, honest, manipulative, naive. Every character in your work should have a defining quality.

But, they should also confront situations in your book in which they show the opposite of that quality.

The Post: Carrie Ryan wrote an astronomically brilliant post concerning love triangles. She asserts that…

The Quote:

To me, a love triangle done right isn’t about a female character’s affections bouncing back and forth between two men, it’s about her internal struggle within herself as she figures out who she wants to be and what’s important to her.

More on the Post: I love the above take and adamantly believe that writers should approach the love triangle arrangement with this in mind.

The Post: Author Mike Duran guest posts for Rachelle Gardner and virtually dumps a bucket of ice water on top of you. Don’t think that the book contract is the end of the yellow brick road. There’s always another mountain to scramble over.

The Quote:

Authors expend so much energy and angst on landing an agent and getting the first book contract that by the time we arrive it’s unclear whether we have reached the summit or just base camp.

The Post: Nathan Bransford gives some instruction on one-sentence pitches. I appreciate the way he broke the sentence down into sections and gave an example. In my opinion, the one-sentence pitch is the most daunting.

The Quote:

the one sentence pitch as the core of all the summarizing you’re going to do in the future. It’s the heart of your book, whittled down to one sentence. It’s what you build around when crafting longer pitches.

The Post: Elana Johnson convinces all to stop being shlumpy underachievers. Not only is this important, but she makes it funny.

The Quote:

Some pointers:

1. Take showers. This will eliminate your physical shlumpiness, thus giving the persona of non-shlumpy. Hey, at least pretend, right?

2. Recognize that you have the Force. This will allow you to become Neo (“I am the One.”) or Luke (“Use the Force, Luke!”) but in your own special way. You might need to pen a motto for yourself. Mine? “Hey, at least I didn’t kill anyone.”

3. Share your awesome. This will help you realize that there are a lot of other people out there trying to be less shlumpy too

More on the Quote: Okay, that was about all you need to see, but the rest of the post is funny and encouraging as well.

And, there you are, the greatness that was this week in the blog-o-verse. I highly recommend reading the above posts. All of them were informative, but more importantly, all of them were fascinating.

What posts have you read this week that inspired, informed, or were simply fascinating?

Meanwhile, I’m about to start editing. Who’s got the Tylenol? I see a headache in my future…

P.S. If you liked the layout and link-theme of this post, let me know. I’m willing to make this a weekly deal! (And I might just do so anyway, even if no one cares, because this is my blog and I am ruler. Kidding. Partly.)