Monthly Link Share – How to Find Your Characters

Welcome to April’s link share! I don’t really have a theme for this link share, other than these are some pages that I’ve found helpful this month. So let’s get started!

The first link is actually a Pinterest board I follow from Melanie Wozniak. She has a Character Inspiration board where she pins pictures of people to inspire new characters. I’ve always wanted to find pictures of my characters, but wasn’t sure how to begin and slightly concerned of what the results would be in a search like that. Through her board, I’ve been able to put faces to many of my characters. I’ve found having a picture helps me visualize them in a scene better and have a better grasp of their character.

The next article is not so much about writing as it is about blogging. You may notice that I don’t post a lot of images on my blog, and that’s because I’m never sure about the copyright laws. Can I post that picture I found from Google or that gif from Pinterest? Well, this article from Go Teen Writers helped clear up some of my confusion, so I thought I’d share it with my fellow bloggers!

http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/images-animated-gifs-and-copyright-law.html

This is a post I found about what to do if you end up hating your novel half-way through. I’ve been struggling with going from loving to hating my Camp NaNo novel, and I found this article to be really helpful and encouraging.

http://storyfix.com/what-to-do-if-you-hate-your-novel-a-guest-post

One of the hobbies I enjoy (other than writing!) is painting my nails. It works out great, because I’ve learned I can type while my nails are drying. Makes for some great multitasking! 😉 Anyway, I follow several nail blogs and Oooh, Shinies is my favorite! She’s got some great tutorials on stamping, gradients, and more. Also, she loves cats and provides a foster home for some adorable kittens which she is gracious enough to post pictures of on occasion! So, if you’re looking for a great nail blog to follow, check her out! 🙂

http://www.ooohshinies.com/

Thanks for reading (or should I say clicking? XD )

~ Kayla

 

 

 

 

Monthly Link Share – You Know You’re a Writer…GIF Edition

Today is February’s monthly link share. I recently signed up for a Pinterest account (my username is the same as my WordPress one, anstermonster14). I’ve been looking through the various writer boards there and found several cool articles to share!

I’ll admit it, I have a bit of a thing for GIFs. For some reason, when things are stuck in an endless loop, they are so much funnier. 😉  So, when I found this article on Pinterest about How to Know You’re a Writer in GIF Form, I was sure it was going to be good, and it was. The blog also has “The Publishing Process in GIF Form” which is just as good, and I included a link to that one, too.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/06/how-to-know-youre-writer-in-gif-form.html

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/08/the-publishing-process-in-gif-form.html

The second article is about how to write a good first line in a novel. First lines are always where I trip up in the first draft. Either I can’t start because I’m terrified my first line isn’t good enough, or I can’t think of any first line, good or bad, so I’m always looking for articles and blog posts on how to write better first lines. This article is one of my favorites, as it has lots of examples to demonstrate how famous writers wrote good first lines.

http://thewritepractice.com/first-line/

The English language is forever changing, and luckily, there’s a website to keep up with all the new words. According to their webpage, World Wide Words is there to try “to record at least some part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, the background to words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech.” You can find some really obscure, interesting words on their website, so check them out!

http://www.worldwidewords.org/index.htm

Keeping with the Pinterest theme, I’m also sharing a board I recently followed. It’s a guide to deduction – Sherlock Holmes style. It’s really cool and really useful, especially if you’re a Sherlock Holmes fanfiction writer or plan on becoming the world’s second consulting detective. 😉

http://www.pinterest.com/mda2894/a-guide-to-deduction-for-consulting-detectives/

~ Kayla