Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Sue Coletta

I’m taking a masters class through Writers Village and I thought I’d share with you the “secret formula” to your opening lines.

It’s called the Hologram test.  What is the Hologram test?  It’s a golden rule that the first 100 words of your novel be a hologram, a teasing but true sample of the wares to come.

So how can you make sure your story passes this all-important test and wins the hearts of readers?

Here are 3 simple ways:

1.  Locate your story clearly in a genre.  A story that is not easily defined in a genre is typically dismissed LitFic (Literary Fiction). Yes, LitFic is a genre all on its own.  LitFic should enchant the reader by its power of language or delicacy of perception.  But, if you write a novel that doesn’t fit into a specific genre than you better be a damn fine writer, because not only will you have a difficult time with agents and publishers but with readers, too.  So flaunt your genre quickly in those opening lines.

2.  Give a teasing glimpse of the plot conflicts in your book.  If your story fails to quickly introduce conflict it’s either LitFic or a bad story. Conflict is the lifeblood of your story so start the stakes right out of the chute. Let two or more characters be in conflict immediately before readers turn to page two. Or, your protagonist in conflict with themselves, or external forces. Shake up the readers adrenaline!  Get their blood pumping!  Their eyes wide on the page before them! You can do this with narrative or dialogue. Sometimes dialogue is an easy way to kick-start the conflict, foreshadowing events to come.  Put your indispensable statement in the first scene. An event, a revealing passage of characterization, dialogue, setting, or a provocative assertion by the narrator. Without it, your story doesn’t get going.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets on Monday and Tuesday, here they are again:
  1. 4 Things Writers Should Know About Beta Readers
  2. Writing an Action Scene? 5 Ways to Add More Punch to Your Novel
  3. Top Five Scene Pacing Tips: How to Pace the Scene - The Script Lab
  4. Why Most Authors Should Not Have Social Media Accounts for Their Books | Daniel Decker
  5. How to Write a Historical Fiction Young Adult Novel |
  6. Test Your Story’s Opening Line– Fiction Writing | Crime Fiction Author Sue Coletta
  7. What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Stephen King |
  8. Writer Unboxed » The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need Them
  9. How to Quickly and Easily Double Your Author Social Media Traffic! - Where Writers Win
  10. How to Easily Double Your Traffic from Social Media
  11. Amazon Adds Pricing Suggestions to KDP | The Digital Reader
  12. Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for Authors - Six Viewpoints | The Digital Reader
  13. How to Stream Amazon Instant Video on Android Tablets | The Digital Reader
  14. Jungle Red Writers: I'm Being Stalked by a Serial Comma. 5 stellar grammar sites for writers.
  15. Ask Becca: Seven Steps to Editing Like a Master - DIY MFA : DIY MFA
  16. Blood-Red Pencil: Narrative Voices - Part One: The Pros and Cons of Writing in First Person
  17. Writers On The Move: Tread Gently - 10 Steps To Provide a Helpful Critique
  18. Craft of Writing: Write What You Love and Stay True To Your Passion by Katherine Longshore
  19. Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using | LitReactor
  20. Writers On The Move: Pull Your Reader's Heart Strings
  21. 5 Reasons To Pan Those 5-Star Reviews | Thought Catalog
  22. Live on and be yourself., Adding Horror Elements to Your Writing
  23. Writer Unboxed » The Aspiring Writer’s Dictionary
  24. Why All Writers Should Do Book Reviews | David Bruns
  25. Motivation | First drafts: what they should and shouldn’t be
  26. Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Blog: Essential Do's and Don'ts for Author-Bloggers
  27. How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data | Social Media Examiner
  28. BookBub Trends: Memory - BookBub Unbound
  29. Plotting and Post-Its « Manuscript  "What it means when you’re a writer: Something genre writers worry about."
  30. Fiction University: Writing Basics: How to Use Adverbs
  31. How to make a living as a writer, and why you aren’t
  32. Here's why you need a fantastic author photo (and how you can get one)
  33. Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  34. How To Write When You’re Really Tired
  35. It’s A Mystery To Me | Molly Greene: Writer
  36. Martha Alderson aka Plot Whisperer: Emotional Elements of Plot: Stories that Last Evoke Emotion
  37. Top 10 Sentence Slip-Ups - Helping Writers Become Authors
  38. Don't Overstuff Your Verbs: Unpack
  39. Advice for Writers: 3 Keys to Connecting With Young Readers Online |
  40. Platform Building Primer - A Writer's Journey
  41. 12 Most Obvious Reasons Your Blog Sucks and How to Fix it
  42. Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps : @ProBlogger
  43. 10 Ways Social Media is Transforming our Culture and World
  44. 10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore
  45. What to Put in Your Book’s Author Bio
  46. Publishers need to rethink their marketing deployments and tactics in the digital age... | The Passive Voice |
  47. Author, Jody Hedlund: How To Justify Spending Lots of Time Writing Before Publication
  48. Writers On The Move: Pull Your Reader's Heart Strings
  49. Cockeyed Caravan: Storyteller’s Rulebook: Your Ending Shouldn't Make Your “Point”
  50. 5 Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
  51. The Value of Failure | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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