Writing links

A good look at how to get characters to act out of character: because they’re pushed to the limit, drunk, or hiding they’re real selves for instance.
•If you’re planning to write porn movies, this is probably not good news. Some banks don’t want your money.
•A writer discusses the detailed research she went through to write a drama set in Bolshevik Russia. I don’t usually go into as much detail for my own work (the historical detail isn’t the main selling point—and I find heavy “time dropping” annoying) but it’s still an interesting read. And if that’s not enough, here’s a support group for historical figures unfairly maligned in fiction. It’s hysterical.
•Amazon has a plan for writing fan-fic, getting paid for it and giving the rights holder some money too. Consumerist talks about it too.
•Dean Wesley Smith blogs about ghosting a novel in 10 days, charting his day-by-day progress. Interesting to see him do it starting from scratch though the blow-by-blow of the account isn’t exactly riveting (it’s like I imagine Tweeting about writing to be). In a related post, his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch uses him as an example of getting work done in small bursts of time. And I agree with her wholeheartedly about the importance of getting up and moving every hour or 30 minutes or whatever.
Of course, this also shows how what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. Rausch and Smith structure their cooking plans to minimize the distraction from their writing; I love to cook, so I make sure and find time for it. Of course, I give up time for other stuff in return, but I think it’s a fair trade. And even when time is crunched, I’m unlikely to do much takeout; the gain in time for me isn’t worth the cost (for them, it’s obviously the other way around).

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