I was on a Google-search tirade searching for justification for my disdain for first-person present writing (which, dishearteningly, seems to have dominated the YA bestseller list as of late), when I stumbled upon this site:

http://lanediamond.hubpages.com/

As a novice fiction writer, it was like striking gold.  Some of the sections rang hollow to me, but others exposed weaknesses in my writing that I hadn’t even noticed were there (mostly, passive voice is a larger category than I thought).  The site’s strong point is its thorough use of examples to illustrate the author’s points.  I’d heartily recommend novice writers looking to get a litmus test on their writing read through and draw what conclusions come.

This week’s song: “No More Heroes” by The Stranglers