Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Dan Koboldt

One of the most common critiques that I’ve given to and received from other writers could be described in a single word: cut. Cut this backstory, cut that redundant phrase, cut the laundry-list description. For my part, I admit that I’m a discovery writer. Some of the prose that goes down onto the page will serve the sole purpose of helping me better define characters in my own head. Some of it might be world-building that I can do better elsewhere.

One of the most striking characteristics of professional-grade, publication-ready writing is that it’s very tight. Leanmight be an even better word, because it implies that the author has trimmed the fat. Only the meat of the story remains, which usually makes it easier to read because no words are wasted. So where can writers do such trimming? Here are some common areas.

1. Backstory
The arch-enemy of the fantasy/sci-fi author. We’re building entirely new worlds, and with that comes the powerful urge to dump a huge amount of information on the reader. This applies to other genres as well: every character and setting in the story will have a history. Some of that history might be crucial to the plot. The challenge is to weave this information into the manuscript so that readers don’t feel like they’re getting a history lesson. Because backstory, no matter how interesting, takes us out of the current action and slows the pace.

2. Red Herrings
You’ve probably heard the adage that every word/sentence/paragraph should contribute to the characterization, setting, or plot . . .

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Elizabeth Lowell on Romance & the Evolution of Self-Publishing - GalleyCat
  2. Smashwords: 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities for Indie Authors
  3. Writing Under The Influence (of Music)
  4. The Backstory Battle - Writers Write
  5. 7 Ways to Tighten Your Prose - Dan Koboldt
  6. How many characters are too many? The Authors Collection. - Venture Galleries
  7. Negative, Continuous, and Passive Forms of Subjunctive Mood | Live Write Thrive
  8. The Building of a Setting
  9. Let Me Explain to You a Thing Describing the physical attributes of your characters
  10. 3 Twitter Basics You Probably Don't Know About
  11. Infographic: John August's 11-Step Guide to Writing a Scene « No Film School
  12. Write a Sizzling Modern Adaptation of a Classic Story
  13. Novel Rocket: Estimating Kindle Sales From Amazon Rankings
  14. Good-bye Confusing Subplot, Hello Book Contract
  15. How to Fit Writing Into Your Life: 6 Tips Based on My Writing Process
  16. Writing yourself a pen name | Books |
  17. Linda Clare's Writer's Tips: Know Your Novel's Characters: 3 EZ Strategies
  18. How to Tell if Your Protagonist Needs a Better Goal - Helping Writers Become Authors
  19. How to Use Layers to Show Intense Emotions | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  20. Cliffhangers Part 2: How to Keep Your Reader Reading | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  21. The Kill Zone: 12 Essential Steps from Story Idea to Publish-Ready Novel
  22. Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With
  23. SHOW vs TELL – What the he … heck? by Author Carol Malone - Writer's Fun Zone
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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