Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: K.M. Weiland

Choosing your character’s arc is every bit as important a decision as choosing the right plot. Get it wrong in the beginning, and, at best, you’ll be facing massive rewrites. Some stories will pop into your brain with an obvious character arc already in tact. But other stories will require a little more forethought. Fortunately, picking the perfect character arc for your story requires nothing more than the answers to three questions.

What’s Your Genre?

Genre won’t always be the deciding factor in the type of character arc you portray, but it should definitely be a consideration. As Harold Crick learned in Stranger Than Fiction, stories follow certain patterns: “Tragedy you die. Comedy you get hitched.” Positive arcs get happy endings. Negative arcs get sad endings. In The Moral Premise, Stanley D. Williams goes on to explain:

“Genre films create certain audience expectations for the protagonist. Often the protagonist’s arc is known by the audience before the movie begins. Such expectations about the construction of the genres may predetermine how the protagonist reacts to the story’s moral premise and conflict. This is because, as Thomas Schatz explains in Hollywood Genres, genre movies deal with fundamental cultural conflicts that can never be ultimately solved but yet offer a solution, if only temporary and idealistic.”

Broader “umbrella” genres such as fantasy, westerns, and historicals can tell just about any kind of story. But most romances, for example, are going to require a positive or flat arc.

Where Does Your Character’s Arc Begin?

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How to Elevate Your Story Above the Eager Crowd -http://ow.ly/Ar7lN
  2. How To Edit Down Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy | @PenandMuse http://ow.ly/Ar7Ia
  3. Tweaking Your Writing and Genre for Success | Live Write Thrive http://ow.ly/Ar7Qz
  4. 4 Time-Saving Content Curation Tools for Writers - Social Media Just for Writers http://ow.ly/Ar805
  5. The Kill Zone: How to save a bundle on editing costs – without sacrificing quality http://ow.ly/Ar8aJ
  6. How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character's Arc Should Be - Helping Writers Become Authors http://ow.ly/Ar9ke
  7. The Kill Zone: The Art of Writing Back Copy:Boiling Your Book to its Essence http://ow.ly/Ar9nP
  8. Ebook Pricing: Why 99 Cents Might Be a Mistake for You | Lindsay Buroker http://ow.ly/Ar9Oj
  9. 5 Visual Content Tools for Writers (Plus Where to Find Free Photos) http://ow.ly/Ar9YW
  10. Resources for Writers: Don't Give Readers a Reason to Reject Your Novel http://ow.ly/Ar8Lv
  11. 4 Newsletter Basics for Authors | http://t.co/0ZyJfj2fgx http://ow.ly/Ararp
  12. Formatting Book Titles in the Digital Age http://ow.ly/AraAR
  13. Facebook Ad Scheduling: What Marketers Need to Know | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/AraKj
  14. How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing : @problogger http://ow.ly/AraQ6
  15. 10 things brand managers should know about social media | Articles | Home http://ow.ly/ArbMT
  16. The Character Debate: Strong and Vulnerable? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author http://ow.ly/Arc0Q
  17. A Hybrid Author Busts the Myths: Should You Self Publish? | The Passive Voice | http://ow.ly/Arc9d
  18. 10 Ways to Get More Email Subscribers and Build a Powerful List | Daniel Decker http://ow.ly/ArcA4
  19. 10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management http://ow.ly/AsLl6
  20. What Does It Mean to Protect Authors' Interests? [Smart Set] - Jane Friedman http://ow.ly/AsLpG
  21. 5 Things Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters - Writer's Relief, Inc. http://ow.ly/AsLvT
  22. Advertising on Twitter with Promoted Tweets | Authority Publishing | http://ow.ly/AsLBm
  23. Writer Unboxed » C-c-considering Cadence: Understanding One Quality of Voice http://ow.ly/AsLHr
  24. Guide to The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson http://ow.ly/AsM16
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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