Every once in a while, something comes along that changes
And in the world of writers, this is especially welcoming, because we all know just how much sweat, courage and persistence it takes to write a book and then release it into the world. Today I’m pointing you toward a new website which I hope will help writers brainstorm stronger characters, craft deeper, more compelling plots, and teach us how to be more effective with our description so we draw readers in.
One Stop For Writers is a collaboration between Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, and Lee Powell, creator of Scrivener for Windows. This powerhouse online library is filled with one-of-a-kind descriptive thesaurus collections, tools, tutorials and much more, all geared to provide the resources you need to strengthen your prose and write more efficiently.
Want to check One Stop for Writers out?
Hop on over to Writers Helping Writers for their Launch Week festivities (October 7-14th)! If you know Angela, Lee and Becca already, you probably can guess there will be some great prizes, and probably a bit of paying-it-forward too....
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
As many of you know, I took a course via edX and the Smithsonian last May called “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture”. Not only did I find myself inspired by the instructors (Stan Lee and Dr. Michael Uslan), I also found myself stunned by the talent of some of my fellow classmates. One of those classmates was Nicolas Touris.
Nic is an artist from Argentina. He’s one of those people who can capture every streak of motion and every shadow’s fall. (I know. I almost hate him, too! LOL) Thankfully, when I mentioned my desire to turn a backburner WIP into a graphic novel, he stepped up to the plate in a big way.
My insecurity for the month actually stems from my side of the partnership—script writing.
I have the novel process down, but a script for a graphic novel? So outside of my comfort zone. For those of you haven’t tried it, imagine the pressure of structuring a beat sheet, mixed with the frustration of hashing out a synopsis. Then, after all of that work, you have to realize that none of its execution is in your hands. You have to put your full faith in your artist. He’ll be the one to translate everything into visuals...
You see, the writer’s most apparent job in this capacity is to keep things moving with dialogue. Every line has to serve multiple purposes, i.e. pacing, characterization, etc. It’s like novel-writing on a high wire. *sweat*
I’ve got to admit, though... it’s fun!