Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Larry Brooks (@storyfix)

Don’t Let It Sink Your Story Before It Leaves the Harbor

“Idea” is one of the most dangerous words in storytelling. 

Every story begins with one, in some form… so what’s so dangerous about that, you ask?  Ideas are wonderful things, right?

In the most obvious conversational context, “idea” is a generic term for a creative unit of thought… certainly a good thing.  Bring on those creative units.

I want to set a story in the future, on the moon,” is an example of an idea… that isn‘t a story yet.  It requires many more units of creative thought to become an actual story.  “Make it a love story…” that’s yet another idea, but still not a story.

Let’s allow that one to sit there undisturbed in this obvious and worthless generic context. 

Because there’s another take on idea that canif not fully grasped, kill your story.  In fact, this one explains a significant percentage of stories that don’t work or at least  don’t distinguish themselves, leading to a preponderance of rejection slips and bad word of mouth.

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Getting More Out of Amazon: Using a URL to Get Traffic to Your Book Page - Marketing Tips For Authors http://ow.ly/tURNE
  2. Wile vs. While http://ow.ly/tVT3y Daily Writing Tip
  3. The Bermuda Triangle of Storytelling http://ow.ly/tVT9v @storyfix "Every story begins with one, in some form…"
  4. 52 Ways To Sell More Books – Tip #22 http://ow.ly/tVTA9
  5. 18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/tW62W
  6. The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People - Copyblogger http://ow.ly/tW68n
  7. Writer Unboxed » Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction http://ow.ly/tW6CR
  8. James Patterson Giving Cash to Bookstores | The Passive Voice | http://ow.ly/tW6Nx
  9. The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: The Challenge of Staying Relevant http://ow.ly/tW6VO
  10. Facebook: I Discovered a Feature I Actually Like, and I Think You Will, Too! | Heather Sunseri http://ow.ly/tWb9C
  11. The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: The Challenge of Staying Relevant http://ow.ly/tWbvn
  12. 30 Millennial Demographics You Need [Charts] - Heidi Cohen http://ow.ly/tWiug
  13. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Who Has A Monopoly On Ideas? http://ow.ly/tWiCd
  14. 6 Essential Books for Fiction Authors - Training Authors for Success http://ow.ly/tWiW9
  15. 13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors | Paul Anthony Jones http://ow.ly/tXyMi
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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