Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Writer’s Relief Staff

In a previous article, we explored five ways to make your characters more three-dimensional. Once your characters are believable as living, breathing individuals, the next step is to make readers care about them. When readers are invested in the characters’ struggles and personal stories, they are much more likely to keep reading.

Here are five ways to make readers care about your characters:

Make Your Characters Need Something. One of the easiest ways to make your character more empathetic is to expose a vulnerability and establish a need to: save a dying mother, fall in love, crack the code, etc. The need can be as simple as “get to work on time” or as complicated as “save the world.” But it will encourage readers to empathize with the character and root for his or her success.

Example: Joe struggles through failed relationship after failed relationship in an attempt to find his soul mate.

Make Your Characters Take A Stand On Important Issues. A character with strong convictions and a cause to be passionate about will intrigue readers and earn their respect. If your audience is interested in your character’s goals and respects your character’s convictions, they’ll be more inclined to follow the story line to its conclusion.

Example: Leslie stands up for women’s equality in the workplace at a local public forum.

Make Your Character The Underdog.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Book Boss Jane Friedman Talks Tech, Ebooks and Why Content Still Rules
  2. How to Build A Contact List To Grow A Relationship With Your Readers | Digital Book World
  3. What is one small thing that you can do today to move you a step closer to your dreams?
  4. 7 Things Every Social Media Strategy Should Include | Brett Relander
  5. Smashwords Books Are Coming to a Library Near You - GalleyCat
  6. Publishing Campaigns Grow On Kickstarter
  7. The Indie Author Manifesto: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat
  8. Fiction University: Guest Author Heather Webb: 6 Best Marketing Tips for Authors
  9. Insecure Writer's Support Group: The Value of Editing For Authors
  10. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Tend Your Garden
  11. 5 Ways To Write Characters That People Care About - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  12. This One Simple Tactic Can Double Your Facebook Engagement - Jeffbullas's Blog
  13. 30 Mind Numbing YouTube Facts,Figures and Statistics - Infographic
  14. Good Cover Design—Part 1 | The Violet Femmes
  15. Handling a Difficult Editorial Process - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  16. Do You Need to Rethink Your Author Website's Key Elements?
  17. Rock Pinterest in 5 Steps Without a Pinterest Account | Jimmie Lanley
  18. Lever vs. Leverage  Daily Writing Tips
  19. BB eBooks - Best Practices for Authors - Promotional Back Matter
  20. BB eBooks - Best Practices for Authors - The Index
  21. The Write Conversation : Indie Tuesday—Are Writers' Conferences a Waste of Time for Indie Authors?
  22. What Drives You to Write? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  23. Write Like It’s Your Last Day On Earth
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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