Saturday, December 28, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Larry Brooks @storyfix

Unless something really cool or scary happens, a novel about what happened on your summer vacation probably isn’t going to work.

Yes, “Summer of ’42” (a film based on a memoir by American screenwriter Herman Raucher) was a modern classic.  But really, did you fall in love with a married hottie like Jennifer O’Neal during your summer of “42?

Didn’t think so.

“Saving Private Ryan,” episodic as it was, wasn’t just a cinematic stage upon which the storytellers sought to illustrate the daily grind of Tom Hanks and Company as they plodded across the French countryside.  Yes, it was indeed harrowing and scary – also totally linear, and thus, episodic – but that was never the literary point of it all.

It was never the story.

Saving a U.S. solider named Ryan, for reasons that bore significant emotional weight, was the point of it all.  The mission had stakes.  It gave us a reason to root for the hero as those episodic scenes ticked off.

As an author, you need to be clear on that same dynamic –the relationship between your scenes and the higher, broader arc of your story.  The latter is what fuels the former.

Your scenes depend on, and are trumped by, the context of stakes and ultimate purpose, rather than the in-the-moment experience.  (Writers of epic battles and long days on the trail, take note here.)

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. The Write Conversation : Top Social Media Mistakes Authors Made in 2013
  2. How to Translate Your Book and Get Published into Other Languages
  3. Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors | The Passive Voice |
  4. Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: What Authors Want
  5. The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: Why the Fascination With Creative Peaks?
  6. A Writer's Journey: Hashtag Blindness Part 2
  7. Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Question: What the hell am I supposed to blog about?
  8. 8 ½ Character Archetypes You Should Be Writing - Helping Writers Become Authors
  9. Google+ Success, What Your Business Needs to Know About Google+ | Social Media Examiner
  10. How Becoming an Authority Can Even Save Your Life - Copyblogger
  11. Case Study: An Experiment with Short Form Content : @ProBlogger
  12. 6 Ways Micro-Publishing Strengthens Your Author Career | Jane Friedman
  13. The Key to Writing an Inherently Episodic Story… Effectively @storyfix 
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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