But anyway, this can backfire. There's SO much writing advice out there on the internet, how do you know what's good and what's not? Well, really, that's up to you. At the end of the day, you have to look at any advice given to you and think, "Oh, that's a good idea" or "that doesn't work for me." Lots of factors need to go into this decision, like, "Is this person even a good writer or worth listening to?"
Anyway, I filter through blog posts on the writing craft every week and I go through this same process, so this week, I've decided to share a few of the gems.
The first link I'm going to share has everything to do with urban fantasy. Wait a second, we write Chuck fic. Urban fantasy with telekinesis and blowing stuff up with the power of your mind? Oh, and sex? That's not our...wait a second. A computer in your brain that tells you how to do everything from Kung Fu to underwater basket-weaving? Okay, that's pretty fantastical. A hot CIA agent sent to protect you? Ditto. So it kind of applies.
So here's the post: 10 Pet Peeves when Writing Urban Fantasy.
Pay close attention to rules #1, #7, and #8. Those are very valuable rules to writers, I think.
Next is an enlightening look at World Building from the Inside Out:
When we hear the term “world-building,” we think, grab some blue people, throw them in a forest, create an ecosystem, and then bring in mercenaries to wreck the place (that may or may not be the plot of Avatar), but this interesting article has more to do with perception of the world and environment as seen through a character’s eyes. It’s important to remember while writing that two characters could walk into the exact same situation and see two very different things. Sarah is not going to react the same way to a threat as Chuck, and Chuck is not going to approach a problem the same way as Casey. This article explores that sort of phenomenon, and it's something to keep in mind.
Read it here: World Building from the Inside Out.
Final blog is kind of a hee-hee moment for me since we're all Chuck fanfic writers here, so I think it goes without saying that we watch a lot of TV. How can that help us?
This post explains why: Five Things Television Teaches Writers.
Anyway, I hope these have all been helpful! With any luck, I'll remember to do the same thing next week, but no promises. I get distracted by shiny things, like the new Chuck preview.
*I'm working on Wepdiggy to write about humor and you all should join me on that crusade because I think he's got a lot of great things to say. We just have to poke at him a bit.