- So if you've been following these linky posts, you may have noticed that I am drawn to posts about villains/antagonists. Janice Hardy wrote one using the newest X-men movie as an example. Even more amazing? I actually watched that movie! That's pretty amazing, since the last time I watched a movie in theater was New Year's Day, when I watched Tangled with my sister.
- Judith Tarr is Book View Cafe's resident horse expert, and she wrote a post on the fine art of horse arranging. It provides a fascinating look into how social groups change depending on the members. Awesome implications for complex relationships between your (human) characters, as well!
- Jason Black at Plot to Punctuation wrote a super cool post on four ways to generate conflict between your characters — using Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series! Great stuff.
- Since I love Disney's Tangled and learning about plot structure, I was super excited to find this Tangled beat sheet at Blake Snyder's Save the Cat. Awesome stuff, I tell you.
- Jody Hedlund gave a great list of tips for avoiding the mid-book doldrums. Definitely things I'll have to keep in mind when I move to the outline phase.
- James Killick crafted a thoughtful post on how to find drama in writing. He makes great points and I can't wait to use them in my own writing!
- Alicia Rasley at Edittorent wrote about how to contrast comfort and conflict for maximum effect. Great food for thought.
- Chuck Wendig keeps writing these amazing (though profanity-filled) 25-things posts. He makes a lot of great points in the list of things to know about writing a novel. Yeah, I suck at the momentum one. It's kind of depressing to be stuck at #2.
- Tawna Fenske is not only hilarious but thoughtful as well. I can very much relate to her post on not being a machine — I've wished so many times that I could program myself to do what I want me to do!
- If you need any evidence that Tawna's posts are comedic gold, check out her post on her housemates' plan to use her dog as a chick magnet.
- And while this isn't from a writing blog, this post on picking your battles is too hilarious not to share. Three reasons you have to read this post: GIANT. METAL. CHICKEN!
Oh, and HUGE congrats to Natalie Whipple for selling her books! I've raved about her before in a previous link roundup post and I am so, so thrilled for her. She is an inspiration. Go read her story on the process and offer your congratulations!
Have a great weekend!