Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Amanda Patterson

Sidekick (noun) - A person’s assistant or close associate, especially one who has less authority than that person. (

Where does it come from? The term, ‘Sidekick’ was used by gamblers testing their luck at cards in the 1600s. It meant an ‘ace in the hole’, or a power card held in reserve.

Why do we need sidekicks?
A sidekick is not the same as a confidant, or friend, in novel-writing terminology. He or she is most often employed when the protagonist is isolated or an anti-hero or a maverick. Protagonists in stories with sidekicks are often called upon to be heroes, or to be in charge, and they need support. 

We often have characters thrown together in tense situations and they develop a relationship where a sidekick is needed to get a job done. A sidekick may have knowledge or skills that the protagonist needs. He or she may be able to gather information. A sidekick’s role is to help the protagonist move the story forward and achieve the story goal.

The sidekick is generally used in quests, thrillers, police procedurals, military or espionage novels, adventure stories, and capers.

Three Ways a Sidekick Adds to a Story

. . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Facebook Ads: Should Indie Authors Buy Them? by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer
  2. How to Build A Contact List To Grow A Relationship With Your Readers | Digital Book World
  3. The Writers Alley: HELP! My family hates when I write....
  4. Six Subtle Ways to Increase Tension in Your Writing | WordServe Water Cooler
  5. Writer Beware®: The Blog: Bait-and-Switch for Self-Published Authors
  6. How to Write Female and Male Characters | Words, Words, Words
  7. Things Beta Readers Should Know | Words, Words, Words
  8. Book launch checklist - Kelsye Nelson
  9. Mythcreants » Five Ways to Add Conflict to Your Story
  10. Quick Tips: Adverbial Dialogue Tags - Write Divas
  11. Mythcreants » Six Types of Character Flaws
  12. Fiction University: A Trick for Keeping Your Plot (and Story) on Target
  13. The Emotion of Changing Your Mind
  14. 5 Ways to Create Conflict in Your Story | ScreenCraft
  15. 5 Mistakes You'll Make on the Way to Publishing Success
  16. Are you in danger of losing your readers’ suspension of disbelief?
  17. 7 simple steps to create a professional author Facebook page
  18. » 3 Things to Know About Exposition & Telling | A. Victoria Mixon, Editor
  19. Is Instagram Effective for Writers? | Indies Unlimited
  20. Three reasons why you need a sidekick in your novel - Writers Write
  21. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Utilizing DEEP POV
  22. 8 Tips for Writers Using Pinterest - Social Media Just for Writers
  23. Invaluable Advice From Seth Godin Every Writer Needs to Know | Positive Writer
  24. The Kill Zone: Tips for Loosening up Your Writing
  25. 4 Pieces of Facebook Advice You Can Ignore | Writers In The Storm Blog
  26. Nine Ways to Make Readers Care for an Amoral Protagonist - Writers Write
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

No comments: