Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Writer’s Relief Staff

How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any given publishing house’s inbox. Reading each manuscript in its entirety would take too much time, and with pressing deadlines it simply cannot be done. So your opening lines might be the only shot your book has of making it into the next round of reading. Here are three tips for beginning your book with some knockout sentences:

Choose Your Venue!

Having a unique, unfamiliar setting will give your novel a wow factor right from the start. Opening your story in a world your readers have never encountered will keep them curious enough to read more.

But if your story starts in a living room, no sweat! Even an everyday setting can be captivating if there’s something unexpected about it. Use your character’s point of view to focus on details in the room that the reader may not have noticed on his or her own. The crumpled letters on the coffee table, the stained curtains by the open window; use elements like these to intrigue your audience.

Starting your book with an interesting setting -- whether it’s on a distant planet or in a local diner -- will quickly immerse readers in your story.

Come Out Swinging!

Your opening sentences need to connect with the reader . . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. How to Create a Compelling Character
  2. Authors Will Soon Be Able to Sell their eBooks on Facebook
  3. Dive In for Thrills: Location, Location—Where To Set Your Story
  4. How to Start Your Story | Lit Central | O.C.
  5. 3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper With...Anger? | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
  6. 26 Ways Writers Can Make a Workshop Successful | Write Draft Repeat
  7. How to write an irresistible book blurb in five easy steps - Writers Write
  8. How Authors Can (and Should) Use Author Copies | Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors
  9. 20 Ideas for Sharing on Social Media
  10. When Real Life Happens To Your Fiction | C H Griffin
  11. How to Live the Brave Story You Must Write | Psychology Today
  12. How To Begin Your Book With A Knockout
  13. Let Me Explain to You a Thing
  14. Mythcreants » Five Signs Your Character Is Fully Developed
  15. Songwriting Tip: Rhyming
  16. Mythcreants » Distinguishing Characters in Dialogue
  17. Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Blog: Essential Do's and Don'ts for Author-Bloggers
  18. Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014 | The Creative Penn
  19. 100 Writing Prompts to Rock Your Writing World, Part 1 | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  20. The Art of Contract Negotiation for Women Writers | The Violet Femmes
  21. Who Said What? Speech Tags Decoded | Lit Central | O.C.
  22. How much time should writers spend blogging and building websites? | Nail Your Novel
  23. 20 Ideas for Sharing on Social Media
  24. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Nine Things Writers Need to Know Before the Book Deal
  25. Fiction University: Do Writers Practice Their Art?
  26. 7 Questions that Will Change How You Publish
  27. Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions | David Gaughran
  28. Friendships Among Your Characters | Writing Possibilities
  29. How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act - Helping Writers Become Authors
  30. Putting An End To Plot Conveniences | LitReactor
  31. If Writers Wrote as Some People Talk ... - § Author Massimo Marino
  32. David Farland’s Kick in the Pants—Writing Your Series
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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