Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By:  C. S. Lakin

We’re looking at conflict in our fiction, and last week I touched a bit on this essential “corner pillar” of novel construction. Conflict is crucial to having a compelling story, for if our hero has no obstacles as he tries to reach his goal, the story will be bor-ing. What would The Wizard of Oz be like if, once Dorothy arrived in the Land of Oz, she had only to take a walk in the park without incident to arrive back in Kansas? Well, there wouldn’t be a story, and story is everything.

So I’ll assume we’re in agreement that we need conflict in our novels. I talked last week about some different types of classic scenarios that pit man against other forces (opposition), and how conflict doesn’t necessarily imply a bad guy or antagonist blocking your hero’s way. But what conflict should do is present high stakes for him.

The Truth about High Stakes . . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. How to make an author website or book sales page that doesn’t scare away your readers | Creativindie
  2. Email List Building Series (Part 1): The Power of an Email List (And Why It's a Must) | Your Writer Platform
  3. Tips for writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy - A.M Croft - Author
  4. Karen Woodward: Writing A Murderously Good Mystery: The Importance of the Murder Victim
  5. A Writer's Journey: Can Anyone be a Writer?
  6. Secrets of a Bestseller|Tips for Writing Novels Faster|Humor |
  7. QueryTracker Blog: Drawing the Reader in through Character Emotion
  8. Do You Write by Heart or Head? Technique Overload | "CommuniCATE" Resources for Writers
  9. Public Speaking—It's Even for Authors Who Are Sissies | Live Write Thrive
  10. How to Write Dynamic Dialogue
  11. Creating Perfectly Flawed Characters Part X: Avoiding Stereotypes
  12. Answering Writers’ Questions: In TV Shows, Cops Welcome PIs Onto Crime Scenes – Is That Real? « Guns, Gams & Gumshoes
  13. The Secret to Crafting High Stakes | Live Write Thrive
  14. 4 Ways to Find Readers Who Love Your Work by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant
  15. Are You Missing Your Best Fiction Marketing Opportunity? | storyrally
  16. Writer Unboxed » Expanding Your Brand
  17. 5 Successful Marketing Strategies For Fiction Authors by Joanna Penn — The Book Designer
  18. The Free-Marketing Gravy Train Is Over on Facebook |
  19. Grammatical Case in English Daily Writing Tips
  20. How to Get your Book into Costco | Sonia Marsh - Gutsy Living
  21. Author Website: Use Beta Readers to Polish
  22. Has everyone conceded the US ebook market to Amazon? | Dear Author
  23. How to Organize Our Writing Research & Notes — Guest: Jenny Hansen | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  24. New From Twitter: Post Up To 4 Photos (And Tag Your Friends) In A Single Tweet - AllTwitter
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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