2. What writing resources, links, or books would you suggest to writers?
Kate: Okay, I just love the first question. ; )
1. The way I like to introduce characters varies by whether I am writing a short story or a long story. I do sometimes tell the character's name right off in a short story, but in a long story I do not like to until someone addresses them. To me, that's just the way it happens in real life. I do write out their general looks (especially if my POV character is sizing them up), but I like to have the details come out more as they talk and act. (Sometimes this varies, like if I decide to poetically describe my princess before she even does anything.) I don't think I ever tell anyone's history right off the bat. It comes out from what they say, how they act, and what other people say about them. Same as if I just met someone new. : )
2. I've only read two books on writing before, and they are "Structuring Your Novel" by K.M. Weiland and "Finding the Core of Your Story" by Jordan Smith. The first is really amazing at teaching about plot points, scene structure, etc., and the second is actually a book for screenwriters but it has some really neat tips. My favorite resource for writing encouragement and advice is www.word-painters.blogspot.com, and www.homeschooledauthors.com is excellent for connecting with other authors and keeping tabs on what they are doing. I would also recommend this blog (Noble Novels) for having a great community and lots of stuff to read. As far as inspiration and skill in writing goes, I would just recommend reading good things and noticing why they are good. ; )
If anyone knows of any good books about description and style, please let me know. ; )
Faith: 1) Sometimes it depends on what kind of story I'm writing, but I tend to give it as it's asked for, not all up front.
2) None, actually. I might want to.... :)
Thank you both for sharing your thoughts!