Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jami Gold

Most tips for creating sympathetic characters point out that our characters need flaws. And that’s very true.

But it can be a real trick to show flaws for characters who bottle up their emotions in an attempt to hide their weaknesses. While very common, that defense mechanism can leave very little for us, as authors, to show.

In my own writing, my desire to create strong characters led me to sometimes emphasize how they didn’t let things bother them. And sometimes that emphasis came at the expense of sharing their fears with the reader.

This was a Bad Thing. *smile* Our characters might not be vulnerable to anyone else, but they usually need to allow a bit of vulnerability with the reader so the reader can form a connection with them.

Some stories or voices might be so compelling that they can get away with unsympathetic and/or completely invulnerable and closed-off characters. But in general, characters who are vulnerable to the reader are easier for readers to embrace.

So how do we create a crack in a character’s armor where a reader can connect to them? It might depend on how self-delusional they are. *grin*

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. How to Make Characters Vulnerable to Readers | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  2. Does Your Writing Have Rhythm? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  3. Writability: How I Won NaNoWriMo in 9 Days
  4. How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First | Catherine, Caffeinated
  5. Tough truths about selling to publishers | The Passive Voice |
  6. 16 Creative Uses of Instagram Video
  7. 6 Self-Publishing Missteps You Should Avoid | Molly Greene: Writer  
  8. Book Marketing: Generosity, Social Karma And Co-opetition | The Creative Penn
  9. Submitting an Unforgettable Guest Post: Tips from an Editor
  10. The Age of the Algorithm | Scratch Magazine
  11. Yes, Fiction Writers Can Develop Awesome Online Platforms, Too
  12. Write Less, Not More: How to Slice and Dice | Goins, Writer
  13. Five Tips For Novel Revision – The BIG Picture | C H Griffin
  14. Seekerville: The writer's guide to surviving the holidays
  15. My Top 5 Online Tools | Catherine, Caffeinated
  16. Writer Unboxed » Why So Serious?
  17. The ONE thing your written content needs. (And it’s not what you think!) : @ProBlogger
  18. Amazon Launches Australian Kindle Store | The Passive Voice |
  19. Critique Technique—Misused Backstory or Flashback
  20. 18 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros | Social Media Examiner
  21. OverDrive Media Stations Are Now Widely Available to Libraries - GalleyCat
  22. 12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers - Rachelle Gardner
  23. 7 Ugly Truths a Pretty Website Can't Hide
  24. 8 Ways to Authors Can Use Goodreads to Promote Thier Book  

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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