If there are only a few basic plots to work from, retelling old stories would seem inevitable. Here’s an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of borrowing not just plots, but whole stories, cast and all.
Mythcreants » Five Rules for Retelling Old Stories.
A friend of mine told me about The Emotion Thesaurus a few weeks ago. I bought it immediately. My favorite parts are the physical descriptions of emotional responses. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve been clicking through it (I bought the ebook) and I know it’s going to come in handy.
Sarah Winter: Writing Tips: The Emotion Thesaurus.
If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Drew Chial shares some of his tips for staying on task.
How to Write With Your Back Against the Wall | Drew Chial
Here is a completely different take on “Where do you get your ideas?” from another author who writes for children and adults.
Conversations With Literary Ex-Cons: Jack Gantos – The Rumpus.net.
Here’s some enthusiastic advice about writing a bestseller. My favorite pieces: It doesn’t have to be perfect, and get it done. It doesn’t have to be fiction either.
How to Write a Bestseller (Finally, the Truth of It!) | Positive Writer.
“Where do you get your ideas?” What writer hasn’t heard that question? Here’s Judy Blume’s answer about a couple of her many books.
Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’
If a character doesn’t feel quite right, here are some questions you might consider. They are meant to help people on job interviews. Think of your character as your potential employee and of yourself as the boss. How would you answer?
8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews | Inc.com.
Here’s a great list of potentially villianous traits for an antagonist. And, despite the examples, they don’t have to be female. Will your protagonist take the advice and ditch the “toxic friend”?
7 Types Of Toxic Friends You Need To Ditch.
One of the projects I’m working on — the one I dubbed my “10-year book” the other day — has me stuck. I’ve been working on adding another viewpoint, and it’s been awkward. One of Claire Fuller’s suggestions is working on them separately and merging them later. I’m trying it. If you’re stuck, maybe another of her hints will help you.
Writing Dual Narratives | Claire Fuller
What happens when someone who really understands people has to deal with someone who doesn’t? This article is about working with people who have low “emotional intelligence.” But it also describes some of their traits and those of high “EQ” folks, all of which can be used in character develpment.
How to Work with People Who Aren’t Good at Working with People – HBR.