Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: David Gaughran

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Preparing Your Beats (for Fiction) 

AMONG FICTION WRITERS, THERE ARE two main groups: “plotters” and “pantsers.” Plotters like to create plots for their novels in advance. Pantsers like to fly by the seat of their pants, never knowing what comes next until it happens on the page. The way we work — me and Sean and me alone — is somewhere in the middle. I used to be a pure pantser, and today I blame it for my inability to finish a second novel. Conversely, as far as I’m concerned, our current use of story beats are the reason we’re both able to move so fast.

Story beats are kind of like an outline without being an outline. They’re sort of like CliffsNotes, written in advance, by someone who is barely paying attention. The reason I say that last is because story beats, for us, are merely a starting point. The beats are the plotting part of our mid-range writing style, but the story always, always grows beyond the beats, and that process is very “pantsing-like.”

The process looks like this:

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How to Write Damn Good Sentences - Copyblogger
  2. Using Story Beats To Increase Writing Speed | David Gaughran
  3. Is It Research or Plagiarism? | Selling Books
  4. Book Marketing Expert - Making the Sale: How to Sell More on Your Website
  5. Take Your Eyes Off The Rearview Mirror | Molly Greene: Writer
  6. Who Needs Secondary Characters? | Writers In The Storm Blog
  7. 10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat
  8. The Amazing Power Behind Writing Fiction: Notes from The Publicist, Book Three | The Publicist
  9. What Is Your Definition Of Success? How Do You Measure It? | The Creative Penn
  10. 17 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Do Great Things - Forbes Member Blocking: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  11. Amazon’s Move That Should Have Authors Worried | Digital Book World
  12. The Write Conversation : How to be a Top Blogger
  13. Why #GooglePlus Is An Important Element To Your #Marketing via @SusanGilbert
  14. IndieReCon: Optimizing Searches on Your Book (Metadata/SEO) by Lori Culwell
  15. The Author Marketing Mindset: Debunking the Myths! » Book Promotion . com
  16. Metathesis Daily Writing Tips
  17. What’s Your Book About? With Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner « PubSmart
  18. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: What Books On Education Teach Us
  19. Image Optimization For Faster Page Load Times
  20. Questions About Hugh Howey's Results | Advanced Fiction Writing
  21. The 5 Reasons Writers Write - Helping Writers Become Authors
  22. IndieReCon: How to Sell E-Books without Falling into The No-Value, Time-Sucking Vortex Of Blogging, Tweeting, And ...
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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