Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: C. S. Lakin (Author, Editor - Live Write Thrive)

We took an introductory look at theme last week, and saw how theme is what your story is really all about once you look beneath the plot. I postulated that theme is tied in with the writer’s passion and interests, which turns the focus away from the actual story and toward the writer’s heart. By exploring why we are so jazzed about telling a certain story, we can mine rich themes and develop them.

Too often writers don’t consider theme or even think their novel has one (or more), but I believe every story is about something more than plot. Or if it isn’t, it can and should be.

Theme is a glue that holds all the novel components together: characters, setting, conflict, plot, and well, just about everything else. It sticks it all together. It’s like yeast in dough that makes all things rise to the top, to excellence. No plot, and you have a flat “yeast-less” lump of dough.

Okay, enough with the metaphors, right?

Breaking Down Theme

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: Leave the Breadcrumbs Behind: Are You Asking -- and Answering -- the Right Story Questions?
  2. Transitioning from Fiction to Nonfiction: 4 Easy Steps | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  3. Just What Is Theme in a Novel, Anyway? | Live Write Thrive
  4. Short Story Shortcuts: 4 Techniques For Making A Big Impact In Few Words - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  5. 4 Great Reasons Why Your Hero Needs A Special Skill or Talent | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
  6. Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay-of-Execution | Kristen Lamb's Blog
  7. Blog It! The Author’s Guide To Building A Successful Online Brand | Molly Greene: Writer
  8. Content Scrapers - How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It
  9. Why Solving Problems Beats Marketing - Jeffbullas's Blog
  10. Social Media - How People Use LinkedIn [Infographic] : MarketingProfs Article
  11. Content - Six Types of Humor to Lighten Up Your Marketing and Start Conversations : MarketingProfs Article
  12. Founder of Just-Launched Authors Alliance Talks to PW | The Passive Voice |
  13. Your Path to Influence: 17 Simple Ways to Make an Impact | Your Writer Platform
  14. Writer Unboxed » Why the Where Matters (Part II)
  15. Story Structure... for Television -
  16. How to select music for your brand video
  17. Which Publishers Are Truly Engaged in Their Communities?
  18. How Can We Show a Character’s Internal Journey? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  19. To describe or not to describe: an author’s question | Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  20. I Finished My Novel…Now What? (Part 2)
  21. How to Create a Google+ Community to Grow Your Business | Social Media Examiner
  22. Creating a Virtual Community to Build a Better Blog : @ProBlogger
  23. Food Idioms  Daily Writing Tips
  24. How To Fuel Your Sales Engine With Social Content [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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