Reflections on the Week That was 14

February 7, 2010 at 5:30 am (Weekly Review) (, , , , , , , , , , )

This week has been crazy busy and I know some of my posts have been pretty short. Still, it has been a great week and I am pleased to share some interesting links for the week.

Just reminding everyone about the series of guest posts I will be running from Feb 15. The title of this series is Novel Elements and I have asked writers (published or unpublished) to share what they think the most important element of a novel is and why. So far I have only been emailed a few responses but I know that other people were interested in participating. If you want to be a part of this series please email me your answer (try to keep it to about 200 words). The email is cassandra (dot) jade (dot) author (at) gmail (dot) com.  Looking forward to reading some of these responses and I can’t wait to share them with my readers. Also remember to send a brief bio, a link to your blog, and a picture (the picture isn’t essential but it is nice).

I hope everyone had a great week and here are the links.

Recommended Read:

Big Beat From Badsville shares a fantastic post on how to turn something from Noir to Cosy in 12 easy stages. Well worth a read.

My posts for the week:

Following on from ‘Oh Sock’ – Response to Elspeth Antonelli’s post about missing socks.

5 Heroic Traits – what makes a hero?

Things that go thump in the night – wondering why so many characters over react to mundane noises and why the ignore things that might be important.

Best Movie Endings – What makes a great end to a movie?

A Banquet for the Characters – I sat down my latest cast and watched the chaos unfold. I still don’t know what my characters like to eat.

Old Friends or New – Do you call on the protagonists old friends or do they meet somebody new?

Other Posts on Writing:

LawrenceEz talks about using flash-backs and repressed memories.

Richard W Scott discusses why writing what you know might be a myth.

Margot Kinberg looks at characters bearing grudges and motivation.

Katie Ganshert explores using hooks at the end of chapters to keep people reading.

The Old Silly shares some advice on moron dialogue – more importantly, he gives examples on how to improve the dialogue.

Elizabeth Spann Craig discusses the bad guys and how to make your antagonist interesting.

DNBRD explores Steampunk and provides some great examples of authors from the genre.



  1. AlexJ said,

    Hmm… 200 words or less. I might try that!

  2. Elizabeth Spann Craig said,

    Thanks for the links, Cassandra! And for linking to me, too. 🙂

    I’m you need a post from me, just let me know….sorry, I’ve been snowed lately, but always good to write a post if needed!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      It would be great if you could share your thoughts, but understand if you are busy.

  3. Jemi Fraser said,

    Great links – thanks for gathering them up 🙂

  4. Tara McClendon said,

    Great links. This looks like it will be a fun series of posts to read.

  5. Shelly Holder said,

    Hmmm…. I’ll have to think about it, but I’d love to submit an answer on the novel to you! 200 words isn’t so bad, surely I can get that done pretty soon……

    Shelly Holder

  6. Elspeth Antonelli said,

    I’m honored you liked my post and that inspired you to write your own. Thanks!

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I found your post very thought provoking and entertaining.

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