Here’s one on writing evocative description in order to build a you-are-there feeling and pull the reader into your story.
And here’s another on violence and what it takes to make an explicit, violent scene work — here’s the part I really like:
Here’s a final reason [to write such a scene]:
9. A writer depicts violence because it provides the platform and stimulus for higher ideals to address it. Those things might include actions involving sacrifice, forgiveness, love, justice, determination, survival, hope, gratitude or redemption.
This last point invites us to strive for loftier goals than simply pointing out that ‘life is hell and then you die’.
That’s me! I don’t mind explicit violence in a book — usually — if it works this way. Whereas shocking, horrible violence for the sake of being shocking and horrible really makes a book a tough read for me, which is why I strongly prefer, say, Brent Weeks’ THE BLACK PRISM to his earlier Night Angel trilogy — because the former takes the horribleness back a notch or two.
And I really liked this post, by Kate Elliot, about re-reading stories and the narrative experience.
And you know where I got all these links?
And there are plenty more where those came from!
Bibliophile Stalker is my new go-to site for links to all kinds of great writing-related posts. Especially great because he separates the interviews (which I almost never care about) from all the other articles (which are frequently interesting).