Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Nail Your Novel

As Oscar Wilde didn’t say: ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’. (No really, he didn’t.)

In our early novels, we’re more likely to see our main characters as proxies for ourselves. But there comes a stage where we learn more versatility, and to create new hearts, souls and minds to carry our stories. This was one of the interesting findings of a project organised by a team of researchers at Durham University and reported here in The Guardian.

Authors who took part in the survey were asked how they experience their main characters while writing. Those with many books reported that in their early work they saw the main character as a proxy for themselves. Sometimes it was simply wish fulfilment. Sometimes it was a deeper working, perhaps of a problem they couldn’t express in the real world, or an issue they had left undone. It was only in later books that they were aware they were creating individuals who had their own distinct hopes, dreams, values and reactions.

Does it matter?

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Claude Nougat's Blog : Today's Publishing Nightmare: Drowning in Indie e-Books... and The Way Out
  2. Five Things to Avoid for a Pristine Query Letter - Write Nonfiction NOW!
  3. The Kill Zone: Avoiding the Tar Pits of Fiction
  4. Want to Write Better Dialogue? Break the Rules
  5. Ebook Services Professionals  Directory
  6. Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times
  7. The Pros And Cons Of Exclusivity with Amazon KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited | The Creative Penn
  8. How to Avoid Cliches (or The 4 Things You MUST Know Before Starting A Novel) |  @melissagmcphail
  9. Author Marketing 101: The Verdict On Kindle Unlimited
  10. The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means | MOON IN GEMINI
  11. Fiction University: On Tonight's Episode: Fixing Episodic Chapters
  12. Find the style that fits the story – Jose Saramago’s Blindness | Nail Your Novel
  13. Seriously Write: The Agent I Never Asked For! by Susan Tuttle
  14. Is Foursquare a Waste of Time? - Plus Infographic
  15. 3 reasons why the novel is more imortant than ever, On the Saturday Evening blogPost, edition #17
  16. How to Become a Twitter Influencer: Science and Practice | Social Media Examiner
  17. Prose&Cons: Why Science Fiction and Fantasy Matters
  18. The Key Element of 21st Century Persuasion - Copyblogger
  19. Facebook Theme Week: Organic or Paid? : @ProBlogger
  20. Twitter Changes Web Font, Adds ‘Tweet To’ Button and Color Options to Profiles - AllTwitter
  21. Is It the Golden Age for Journalism? - Jane Friedman
  22. “Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches" via @Janice_Hardy #WUCraft
  23. Is your main character you? How to tell – and how to widen your character repertoire | Nail Your Novel
  24. Susan Kaye Quinn, Speculative Fiction Author: The Nightmare of Updating Backmatter - SOLVED
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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