Welcome to the first of many Links Roundups we’ll feature on our blog in the coming months. Our staff members are always on the lookout for the latest tips, trends, and helpful tools for writers so we can better guide our clients and readers. And while we’ve always offered a variety of free articles and resources written and prepared by our own staff members, we’ll now be featuring Links Roundups as well, supplying regular updates on our favorite online resources offered by other websites. To start things off, we hope you enjoy the following four resources as much as we did!
Top 10 Tips To Get You Writing From John Green, Stephen Chbosky, Nicholas Sparks, Malorie Blackman and More Awesome Authors via SugarScape.com – Great advice from ten established authors like Nicholas Sparks and Stephen Chbosky, and others. Their advice covers a wide variety of topics, but all relate to the central theme of the writing process and how to keep creativity going. If you want your name splashed all over the literary world, you need to read this article.
8 Ways To Flesh Out A Character via LitReactor – Sometimes we get a little befuddled about who we are as people, where we belong, why we’re here, and all those fun existential questions. Our characters are the same way—confused, lost, not entirely sure who they are—but Rob D. Young offers some really fun ways to flesh out your characters’ full personalities. And while we’re not advocating that you go through with the full creation of a fake dating profile (safety first!), we are definitely on board with the fun, outside-of-the-box thinking in this clever article.
7 Geeky-Cool Translations of Hamlet via mental_floss – We know you always wanted to know how to translate Shakespeare into Klingon. This fantastic article shows us just how versatile and relevant Hamlet still is to the world. Just for fun and the joy of reading, you, too, can learn to translate Hamlet into computer code, Facebook-speak, and more.
The Dramatic Question and Suspense in Fiction via The Write Practice – Since you can’t have theme music playing to build tension, The Write Practice explains how to effectively create suspense. This article is short and sweet, but covers a subject with which every writer needs to be familiar: the dramatic question. If you do nothing else with your writerly self today, read this article.