Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Theresa Snyder, @TheresaSnyder19

Sci-fi author Theresa Snyder analyses what makes a very good character and how to have one even in sci-fi stories.

Last weekend I saw yet another visually stunning science fiction film with lack luster characters. Science fiction seems to be the home of under developed characters with overblown settings both in books and film. Technology cannot take the place of artful character development.

Characters are the soul of any story. They need to be vivid, relatable.

Let’s look at some good examples:

In Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card the reader feels the isolation of Ender. They experience his loneliness as each successive person he learns to care about is ripped from his life.

In Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon the reader is compelled to relive Nykyrian’s difficult past along with him in order to accomplish his mission. The reader wants him to succeed. The reader longs for him to be redeemed.

Han Solo in the Star Wars saga stands out as a well developed motion picture character. He’s one you can sink your teeth into - the rogue who is redeemed in spite of his past.

Pick a novel, any novel, or a movie. If you loved it, that love was based on the author’s ability to wrap you up in the life of their characters. Vivid characters are the soul of a great story. What makes a character come alive? What gets an audience involved and compels them to keep reading or watch yet another sequel?

If you search the internet you will find lists of rules for character development. These are the ones that keep me reading or shelling out the big bucks for the blockbusters. As a writer these are the ones I try to make sure my characters abide by:

  1. Physical Description. This doesn’t have to be regurgitated in a couple of sentences when the character is first introduced. It can be handed out in bits and pieces to link together and fill in the empty spots with your imagination. Game of Thrones’ author George R. R. Martin crafts great physical descriptions.

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How Not to Write Yourself into a Corner (in your novel and in life) | Official Author Website of Melissa McPhail
  2. In The ‘Candlelight’ Of The Books Market: Paperbacks Are Selling eBooks | Thought Catalog
  3. Writing the Perfect Description for Your Book - Venture Galleries
  4. Bang2Write | 6 Marketing Tactics You Should Be Doing by Luke Kondor
  5. Book Publicist Wanted: But not just ANY book publicist | The Militant Writer
  6. These romance writers ditched their publishers for ebooks — and made millions | The Passive Voice |
  7. Essential Plugins and Widgets for Blogs and Blogged Books
  8. Submitting Short Stories to Magazines | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  9. Easy Tips to Help You Save Money on That Necessary Edit | Live Write Thrive
  10. Blogging, Twitter Tips and Resources for Indie Authors - Social Media Just for Writers
  11. How Much Back Story is Too Much | The Editor's Blog
  12. Anne R. Allen's Blog: 10 Obsolete Beliefs that Can Block Self-Publishing Success
  13. Writability: On Censoring and YA
  14. Fiction University: On Tonight's Episode: Fixing Episodic Chapters
  15. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest: Which Platforms Are Best Suited for Your Business? #infographic |
  16. Cockeyed Caravan: The Ultimate Pilot Story Checklist v3!
  17. From the Write Angle: Sudden Realizations and Other Misnomers
  18. Flash Flood Fiction : The truth about emotion in fiction
  19. The Write Type - Multi-Author Musings: Print Versus Digital Reading Experiences
  20. Facebook Theme Week: Case Studies of Popular Pages (and What They’re Doing to Get Great Engagement) : @ProBlogger
  21. SlideShare App Enhances Discovery: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  22. The Key Element of 21st Century Persuasion - Copyblogger
  23. Book Apps with Authorly by Jason Matthews — The Book Designer
  24. Facebook Engagement Psychology: How To Increase Reach and Engagement
  25. 31 Questions to Ask About Your Characters | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  26. Time Traveling in Colonial Williamsburg | The Violet Femmes
  27. Girls With Sole: Transcending the Pain of Sexual Abuse
  28. Character is everything @TheresaSynder19
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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