Stuff I found helpful this week

10 bits of blizzard therapy from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter (WBUR’s CommonHealth Blog)

A train stuck in the snow during the winter of 1881. Man on top of train provided for scale. (Photo: Minnesota Historical Society)

A train stuck in the snow during the winter of 1881. Man on top of train provided for scale. (Photo: Minnesota Historical Society on Wikimedia Commons)

From the post:

But “The Long Winter” offers, I would argue, the best of all antidotes to feelings that this is a horrible, awful, nasty winter. The trick is to compare our current winter woes not to our usual milder weather but to a dire prairie winter: the kind of winter when young Laura would wake, shivering, to a frigid house buffeted by blizzard, spend the dreary day twisting hay for heat and grinding wheat for the coarse brown bread that was her family’s last remaining food, crawl back into a cold bed and shiver until the shivering itself made her warm enough to fall asleep.

The Path to Deepening Your Protagonist (WritinGeekery)

A detailed roadmap to using your character’s flaws to create a richer reading experience for your readers.

Picking a Juicy Secret to Jazz up your Character (WritinGeekery)

How you can use secrets, big or small, to strengthen your narrative.

(Can anyone else tell I’m thinking about characterization this week?)

Why my new book bombed (The Incompetent Writer)

A post about someone else’s post, but with analysis that I found to be even more helpful than the original post. Confused yet?

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Stuff I found helpful this week

  1. Pingback: Death by pie, public domain images of fish, and Jane Austen’s hand-copied sheet music | BostonWriters

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