Well, the links today are all over the place with a pair of them courtesy of the lovely Brian Lindenmuth. And yes, I'm suffering a severe case of the lazies splashed with a bit of cabin fever. But January is almost over and Spring is just over the horizon.
Over at Hell Notes there's a very interesting interview with Joe R. Lansdale. http://hellnotes.com/ty-ing-up-the-genre-an-interview-with-joe-r-lansdale
If your characters are looking like cardboard cutouts, this essay may help. It's about showing character through the story instead of deciding if your character likes peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches for breakfast. http://www.genreality.net/trying-to-explain-characterization
Robin D. Laws has an essay that looks at the myth of "killing your darlings". He has the best explanation for this stage of writing that I've read in a long time. http://robin-d-laws.livejournal.com/466109.html
And NPR is sponsoring its newest three minute fiction contest. The deadline, January 23, is coming up fast but the 600 max word count should make it easy to make if you're a flash writer. The story must also contain one character telling a joke and another crying. For all the other details go here http://www.npr.org/2011/01/08/132744031/three-minute-fiction-round-6-laughing-and-crying