Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts


By: K.M. Weiland 

Conflict in dialogue provides authors with one of their best opportunities for jazzing up their stories and powering their plots. Slow scene? No problemo. Just throw in a nice, heated little argument. What could be easier?

But conflict in dialogue is a little more complex than the Three Stooges would like us to think. If we keep it cranked into the red zone in every scene, readers will grow weary and, eventually, bored.

Conflict can be boring? Who knew?

On its surface, conflict seems to be nothing more than, well, conflict. But if you take a closer look, you’ll be able to identify four distinct types of conflict—all of which are necessary to create a strong and rounded story. To reach full effectiveness, conflict must be varied. Some of your scenes will require full-on red-zone confrontations, but others—depending on the featured characters and what is at stake for them—will be better served by the faintest undercurrent of tension.

In analyzing Charlotte Brontë’s brilliant classic Jane Eyre (which I discuss in-depth in my book Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics), I discovered four different—and equally vital—types of conflict you can use to pop your story’s dialogue right off the page.

Jane vs. Helen Burns: Opposing Views, No Stakes

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:

  1. The Myths & Realities of Being a Published Author
  2. Fiction University: 5 Ways to Hook Your Readers
  3. How to Write About Death | Writer Kris Noel
  4. 5 Things Writers Should Ask Potential Agents |
  5. Awe and Awesome Daily Writing Tips
  6. Novel writing storytelling plot  @storyfix
  7. Blood-Red Pencil: (Almost) Never Say Never
  8. Writing Characters Who’ll Keep Readers Captivated: Nail Your Novel | Nail Your Novel
  9. The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue by K.M. Weiland
  10. Authors, Retreats, Workshops List for Poets, Novelists, Short Stories, Fiction, Children's Books
  11. Sharing Is Critical To Your Blog’s Success | Molly Greene: Writer
  12. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: So the Real Authors Guild is... Amazon?!
  13. Authors + Content + Readers = Wattpad | Molly Greene: Writer
  14. The Top 15 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid - Jeffbullas's Blog
  15. Graphic Design - How Big Businesses Use Colors to Affect Your Emotions [Infographic] : MarketingProfs Article
  16. How to Increase Google Page Rank
  17. 12 Most Strategic Ways to Use Pinterest for Marketing
  18. How to Use Subtitles for Targeted Book Marketing - The Savvy Book Marketer
  19. 5 Google+ Marketing Tips From the Pros | Social Media Examiner
  20. Authors: What to do if Your Book gets Pirated | blindoggbooks
  21. Writability: Write What You Want to Read
  22. Why Marketing Your Book is Like Looking for a Job | David Bruns
  23. How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training) - Copyblogger
  24. 10 Steps To Help Turn Your Blog Into A Number 1 Bestselling Book : @ProBlogger
  25. Author media kit: Why some authors almost always get press coverage
  26. 4 Tricks to Never Run Out of Blog Ideas | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  27. Horse Misconceptions in Fantasy Writing - Dan Koboldt
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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