Sunday, December 1, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving Weekend.

I started the morning with a 10K in Cincinnati. It was 22 degrees at race time, and I doubted my sanity, but it was a beautiful day. I dressed in layers and stayed warm

That was my last race of the year. After a marathon, half-marathon, two 5Ks, and one 10K in eight weeks, my body is welcoming a rest. So, I'm hunkering down to get the first draft of The Sapphire Brooch finished before Christmas

I didn't reach the NaNo goal of 50K words. I ended short at 30,000, but that's a good start on this Civil War drama. I'm trying to write this draft based on research I've already done, but that's hard to do when a question pops up. I tried inserting RESEARCH into the spot, but that didn't work so well because I wouldn't remember what I wanted to include. I quickly switched to track changes and inserted comments instead. Having a map for this story is making all the difference. Here are my points of interest: 
  1. First, understand the concept 
  2. Then develop that into a premise
  3. Figure out the theme
  4. Understand the goals, motivations, conflict of the protagonist
  5. Move on to the first plot point
  6. Then spin the story into a new direction 
  7. Plug in the pinch point 
  8. And you soon arrive at the mid-point 
  9. Plop in the second plot point 
  10. And voila! You reach THE END! 
Now, nothing about that is easy and each bullet point has multiple sub-points. I lost a week of NaNo writing because I didn't have this worked out in advance. Next year I will!

Happy writing, running & shopping, Kathy


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. The Evolution of a Scene: From Outline to First Draft - Helping Writers Become Authors
  2. The One True Path to Writing Success? — Aliventures
  3. Marketing Ideas: LinkedIn, Your List, New Social Media, and More! » Book Promotion . com
  4. 12 Thanksgiving Blogging Tips For Staying In Top Shape: Is Your Blog Overstuffed? - Heidi Cohen
  5. Tips For Marketing Your Novel On Amazon | C H Griffin
  6. Three Ways to Use Thoughts to Create Unforgettable Characters | Ninie Hammon
  7. Do You Read Self-Published Books Differently? Yes, You Do! | Catherine, Caffeinated
  8. Linda Clare's Writer's Tips: Your Novel's Timeline
  9. RT @KathyLLogan: Disillusioned with Facebook: Here’s a Way Forward : @problogger
  10. Blogging, and Twitter, and Readers…Oh My! : @ProBlogger
  11. The Other Side of the Story: Where Do I Go From Here? Plotting Through “What Happens Next?” Part One
  12. How to Create Custom Social Share Buttons for Your Site - YouTube
  13. Why is Genre Important to Success? | The Passive Voice |
  14. How to write better headlines 10 surprisingly simple tips for writing better headlines
  15. 5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  16. Are You Missing Your Best Fiction Marketing Opportunity? | storyrally
  17. Authors, Stop Selling Books! Start Selling Stories | Molly Greene: Writer
  18. My Top 5 Blogging Blunders You Can Avoid : @ProBlogger
  19. Social Media Drove Just 1% of Black Friday Online Sales
Happy writing & running, Kathy

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