1. Louise Lilley has a nice post looking at the crime of wordiness. It’s something we’ve all done, especially those of us who write the occasion YA, so here are some solutions: How to Make Your Writing Less Wordy (or, how to write concisely).
2. I read a lot of Stephen King and one thing most of his novels have in common is their slow start. I wonder if he would still be successful had he begun writing in today’s Twitter and SnapChat world. Alon Shalev at ElfWriter.com takes a look at The Changing Pace of Novels, where new writers are constantly told to hook the reader in the first page/paragraph/sentence and the different types of pacing in modern fiction.
3. And speaking of hooks, here’s a post by DH Poirier looking at queries and, of course, Writing a Good Hook.
4. Going to any conferences this year? I hope so. If you are, be sure to read 12 Things To Bring to A Writers Conference (and 3 to NEVER bring!) by Jason A. Myers at DFWCon.org.
5. And finally, for those of you who have successfully completed the query process, check out The Best Career Advice I Can Give: Read Your Contract by Kelly Van Sant at PublishingCrawl.com.
And another week is in the books. Check out Episode 4 of the podcast if you haven’t yet and enjoy the weekend!