Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Dell Smith

Writers, I ask you: What do you see when you write your characters? Are they fully formed, in-the-flesh people that you conjure completely each time you sit down to write? Are they composites of people you know or have known? Are they based on pictures of strangers or movie stars?

How much do you describe them? Do you have to describe characters at all? If you don’t, how do you convey them if not by physical detail? By showing their actions, other character’s reactions to them, or a combination of both? In the story La Reine Hortense by Maupassant, there is this line: “He was a gentleman with red whiskers who always went first through a doorway.” Physical detail mixed with action. This gives me, the reader, a good start to understanding this gentleman. I want to go through the door after him to see what happens next.

When I’m writing a story or novel, I don’t picture my characters in the whole. I see them in bits and pieces—in pixels—depending on where I aim my spotlight in the scene. There is a moment where you pass your creation to your reader’s imagination and they take the baton of character description and run with it.

And isn’t this suspension of disbelief (or rather, flight of belief) part of the narrative language of writing? . . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. First Pages: Tips to Avoid Cliches and Weak Writing | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  2. Ruminations on Exclusivity | Hugh Howey
  3. When planning a marketing campaign on Goodreads . . .  How to: Make Sure the Timing is Right
  4. The Kill Zone: 14 Questions People Ask Writers
  5. What You See is What You Get—Describing Fictional Characters | Beyond The Margins
  6. Two Questions Every New Author Asks
  7. Cold-Pitching a Story? The Secret Is in the Subject Line | The Freelancer, by Contently
  8. Six Tips for Troubleshooting the Novel | LitReactor
  9. Five Lifelines for Writers with Deadlines - Writers Write
  10. Six steps to writing success | Writers In The Storm
  11. Five Tips for Writing Faster
  12. Fan fiction: how to write it | Life and style | The Guardian
  13. #FutureChat: Can we float more indie boats? | FutureBook
  14. Better Know a Genre: Mystery - Jeni Chappelle
  15. Succeed At Writing: Friday Writing Prompt - Home
  16. ThrillWriting: Soldier: A Woman Under Fire - Information for Writers with Michelle Dunne
  17. How Authors Can Use Listmania to Promote Their Books
  18. Overcoming Fear So You Can Finish and Publish Your Books | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  19. On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists | Live Write Thrive
  20. 8 Simple Tweaks That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Traffic, Growth, and Impact
  21. Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: Blending In - WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
  22. Webinars: Growing Leads and Sales With Live Online Events | Social Media Examiner
  23. 52 Ways To Sell More Books - Tip #51 Six Simple Ways to Promote Your YouTube Channel!
  24. 3 things self-published authors need to know about their audience
  25. Man Writing a Romance: Decoding those pesky subtle signals @DCThome
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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