AGENTS: Info links to lots of how-to articles on queries, etc., as well as links to agent blogs, etc.
WEBSITES: Should or shouldn't you design your website or blog?
CRITIQUE SERVICES: How to pick a good one.
CHARACTERS: How to make a likable character.
BLOGS FOR WRITERS:
WORLDBUILDING: How one writer created an alien language.
NOVEL STRUCTURE 101:
THE NOVEL PITCH: Eleven questions you need to answer.
REVISION/REWRITING: Working in layers.
FORENSICS: The perfect murder poison?
BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING: What to do before your publisher applies for bankruptcy.
CRAFT: How to make things go horribly wrong for your characters.
MARKETS: A blog which interviews editors, etc., of different markets for short stories, novels, etc. Recent interviews have focused on markets for mystery.
Marilynn's Workshop Schedule and Information Links
"Magic, Monsters and Amour: Creating a Believable Paranormal, Fantasy, or SF World." October 4-31, 2010. Savvyauthors.com
Are vampires, fairies, and space aliens real? If you create the right background for your paranormal romance, they will be to a reader. I'll show you how to create a fantasy or paranormal background from scratch and how to make it utterly believable.
"The Big Question: How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question" November 8-13, 2010. writersonline.com.
Have you ever read a story then felt dissatisfied by it as you put it down? All the story elements--plot, characters, romance, and suspense--were there, but something was missing. That something is often called depth or resonance, and it's that element that turns an ordinary story into one you couldn't put down.
How do you write a story like that? It starts with the creation of the story. I?ll show you how to take a simple plot idea, premise, or character and turn it into a novel with resonance.
"Deconstructing Jim Butcher's STORM FRONT" November 8-13, 2010. Savvyauthors.com
Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series is one of the best-written and most successful urban fantasy series today. I will analyze STORM FRONT, the first novel, as an urban fantasy, as a genre-blending mix of fantasy and detective noir, and as a great model for worldbuilding for a series. I will also show how the hero, Harry Dresden, is a perfect mixture of other worldly powers and human strengths and weaknesses. Paranormal romance authors will also find this analysis of interest.