Friday, October 4, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

  1. Never open a book with weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
  5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 
  6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
  10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
Leonard's most important rule sums up the above 10.  "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

To read Leonard’s explanation of each statement, click here.


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. The Other Side of the Story: Not My Type: Formatting Your Manuscript
  2. Relationships Matter: Why Write 9 Edits When One is Enough? How to Finish Your Book Fast!
  3. Reward yourself for writing | Jenna Avery
  4. Why Authors Should Believe in Their Websites
  5. Being a Writer: Commitment vs. Self-Doubt | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  6. The Indie 50 - The 50 Best Sites for Indie and Self-Published Authors | August Wainwright
  7. Creative Writing and Plot: How Does Urgency Affect Suspense? | Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  8. 10 Reasons Why Email Marketing Should Be Your Absolute Priority — socialmouths
  9. Seeking the Write Life: Self-Editing #5 - Mining Your Manuscript for Modifiers
  10. 4 Tips to Solve 99% of Your Writing Problems — Guest: Janice Hardy | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  11. Non-standard English and the New Tribalism
  12. Genre-Hopping Benefits and Consequences
  13. Finding Balance Between Social Media and Family | Melissa Foster |
  14. Author interview: Mary Buckham Writes Active Settings! - School of the Ages
  15. Ascent of the Metadata "We are living in a world of metadata & we should probably get used to it."
  16. The Other Side of the Story: How to Write Characters Who Don't Sound Like You
  17. How to Avoid the Slush Pile by Stefan Vucak
  18. How 6 of My Books Became Amazon Best-Sellers in One Month: | Firepole Marketing Blog
  19. Four Things Trade Publishers Can Learn From STM Publishers | The Passive Voice |
  20. Where Is This Thing Going? Take a look at the hottest-selling books in the Kindle store. Can we learn anything?
  21. Twitter, Facebook, Google Maps, YouTube And Instagram – We All Love Apps [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter
  22. Words To Avoid by DarlingMionette on deviantART
Happy writing & running, Kathy

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