Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Creative Writing with the Cirmson League, Victoria Grefer

Today’s post is all about patterns in fiction and in creative writing. And here’s why:

Lately, I’ve been researchingthe Myers-Briggs classification I test as pretty much every time I take any Myers-Briggs test: INFJ.Turns out it’s rare (around 1% or less of the population).

A WHOLE lot of the basic INFJ description does apply aptly to me, if I’m honest. The good and the bad/the weaknesses. (Avoid confrontation, much????). But one of the coolest things I’ve noticed–an INFJ niche that I definitely fill–is an affinity for patterns.

INFJs see patterns when they exist. We might create them where they don’t. Our memories are largely pattern-structured: we remembers the patterns of the past. (Honestly, I see a real connection between patterns and my need for routine as well. I thrive with a routine. Always have. I don’t extemporize well and I am NOT impulsive. At all.)

I have definitely, always, loved patterns and have been apt to form/see them. In books as well as elsewhere. It’s one of the things that helped me as a graduate student in literature. I was able to “create” a pattern between multiple texts or sections of a text and use that to connect them, then write papers about the connection I had seen.

But, this is a creative writing blog. So this post is about patterns in fiction. I wanted to share what I feel are some of the most common patterns to be found in stories. Patterns we authors can make use of.


This type of pattern generally revolves around one character. Perhaps a protagonist. It involves varying adventures or episodes, or plots and schemes, that might look different on the surface and seem unrelated, but ultimately have the same root cause:

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Writing and the Creative Life: What to do when you feel out of touch with your creative energy | Go Into The Story
  2. Hex Words  Daily Writing Tips
  3. 4 Copywriting Techniques Every Good Storyteller Already Knows | Goins, Writer
  4. Fiction University: Guest Author Sally Harris: How to Write Laughworthy Stories
  5. Fiction University: 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Character
  6. Writer Unboxed » “Do I Have Writing Talent?” You’re Asking the Wrong Question
  7. 7 Famous Authors Who Were First Published After 50- Viva Fifty!
  8. Email Or E-mail? Website Or Web site? Online Or On-line? - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  9. Drive Traffic To Your Website And Keep It! | Molly Greene: Writer
  10. 8 Reasons Why Twitter Power Users Are Influential - Jeffbullas's Blog
  11. Social Media Marketing Tips From The Pros - HootSuite Social Media Management
  12. Engage more with Social Media audience on Weekends - Digital Insights
  13. How Graphics Can Increase Your Conversion Rate – Starting Today
  14. The 9 Most Powerful Blog Promotion Tactics From Top Marketing Experts [Infographic] - ReferralCandy
  15. The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Networking by Dana Lynn Smith - Marketing Tips For Authors
  16. This Is The Kind Of Competition Publishers Want | The Passive Voice |
  17. Facebook Adds Like Button to Apps: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  18. Theme Week: 6 Things to Do With Your Blog Posts After You’ve Hit Publish : @ProBlogger
  19. Author, Jody Hedlund: 4 Ways to Hook Your Readers & Keep Them Wanting More
  20. Getting Personal About My Journey As An Author Entrepreneur. Plus Podcasts For Indie Authors. | The Creative Penn
  21. Fiction University: Real Life Diagnostics: Showing, Not Telling, in an Opening Scene
  22. Author Entrepreneur. Why Being An Indie Author Is A Great Business Model. | The Creative Penn
  23. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Answer The PR Question
  24. Self-publishing will save literary fiction – Kobo Writing Life
  25. Creative Writing with the Crimson League |
  26. Walking Away from the Stress of the “Big Release” | Elizabeth Spann Craig
  27. When book sales are slow… how to keep motivated | Nail Your Novel
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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