Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: K.M. Weiland

Opening lines are an art form unto themselves. They must introduce a story’s tone, the author’s wit, the plot itself, and, most importantly, a reason why this story is worth the readers’ time. Boring opening lines aren’t something an author can afford. And yet they’re harder to avoid than you might think.

The problem is that opening lines must also be entirely functional. Where do we begin our stories? At the beginning. And where do most stories begin? Rather ordinarily, with a character who has his feet on the ground and doesn’t know that ground is about to be swept out from under him. We have to open in a comparative normal world. We have to make setting, character, and stakes clear to readers. In other words, we have to be straightforward, right?

Sometimes. But your second paragraph will give you plenty of time for all that. Your first concern in writing an opening line is hooking readers. And the only way to hook them is to make them curious.

Let’s take a look at some standard types of boring opening lines and what we can do to flip them around into something fascinating.

The Weather Line

Boring Opening Line: “It was a bright and sunny day.”

Problem: Snorezilla. Granted, this sounds like a normal world just waitingto get taken down by a tragedy. But for the time being there’s nothing interesting about it. Perfection is never interesting. At least Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s “It was a dark and stormy night” gave us some interesting atmosphere.

Better Opening Line: “It was a bright and sunny day, just the kind of day I was supposed to die in.”

The Setting Line

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Read the full article HERE


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: How Soon Do We Need to Show Genre in Our Novels? http://ow.ly/zURKD
  2. Making the Leap from Historical Author to Mystery Author | Elizabeth Spann Craig http://ow.ly/zUX2r
  3. Don't Overstuff Your Verbs: Unpack http://ow.ly/zUX82
  4. Hear the Beat | YAtopia http://ow.ly/zUXlh "Beat sheets can focus on the major plot points or go into detail. . ."
  5. 1-2-3 Great Automated Twitter Support Tools | Molly Greene: Writer http://ow.ly/zUXJJ
  6. 45 Ways To Sabotage Your Social Media Success | Molly Greene: Writer http://ow.ly/zUY3M
  7. Seriously Write: The Gift of Knowing Your Calling by Annette M. Irby http://ow.ly/zV4hu
  8. Author Entrepreneur. How To Sell Books And Products Direct To Customers | The Creative Penn http://ow.ly/zVEpE
  9. Do you know your characters' goals? Here's why writer @Ava_Jae says it's so essential: http://bit.ly/chmvg
  10. Writers On The Move: Avoiding Incorrect Punctuation Pt 3 http://ow.ly/zVF3q
  11. 50 Websites Every Author Should Bookmark in 2014 | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing http://ow.ly/zVJFD
  12. What is the Shelf Life of Your Social Media? | The Violet Femmes http://ow.ly/zVJTX
  13. What You Need To Sell More Books -- Basic Overview http://ow.ly/zVK7I
  14. All Write - Fiction Advice: Finding the Motivation to Write http://ow.ly/zVKBd
  15. Character Talents & Skills: Parkour | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS http://ow.ly/zVLn9
  16. How to Build Your Author Twitter Following - Fast! - Where Writers Win http://ow.ly/zVM80
  17. The Future Is Here: Self-Publishing and RWA | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author http://ow.ly/zVMh1
  18. Visual Content: The Future Of Social Media Marketing? - #infographic | Digital Information World http://ow.ly/zVMNJ
  19. Are You Building Your Writer Platform at Gunpoint? | Your Writer Platform http://ow.ly/zVN56
  20. So, About That Cover: Book Cover Design Tips From a Merchandiser – Kobo Writing Life http://ow.ly/zVNpj
  21. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Book Publishing Needs To Close The Digital Divide http://ow.ly/zVNFh
  22. 4 Ways to Use the Facebook Save Button for Delayed Content Consumption | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/zVO4g
  23. The Pain-Free Guide to Generating Valuable Leads From Online Forums - Copyblogger http://ow.ly/zVOd1
  24. Theme Week: Your Guide to All Things Facebook : @ProBlogger http://ow.ly/zVOk3
  25. Is It All A Matter of Luck? | The Passive Voice | http://ow.ly/zVOBu
  26. Is Your Dialogue Just Characters Talking? http://ow.ly/zVPjw
  27. Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 32: Boring Opening Lines - Helping Writers Become Authors http://ow.ly/zVPqX
  28. 4 Ways To Edit Your Book Back on Track | Carly Watters, Literary Agent http://ow.ly/zVPIQ
  29. Julie Musil: What to do Before You're Published http://ow.ly/zVPSo
  30. How to Emotionally Connect With Your Readers - Writerology http://ow.ly/zVQwk
  31. Nine things every book proposal needs http://ow.ly/zVQGB
  32. What Went Wrong? Story Conflict and How to Make it Stronger | Fiction Notes http://ow.ly/zVQSw
  33. Eliminate Unnecessary Stage Directions - A Writer's Journey http://ow.ly/zWDpo
  34. How Do You Get Honest Reviews? by author Edward M. Wolfe | @DianneDHarman http://ow.ly/zWIPI
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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