Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By:  Karen Schravemade

I call the law of cause and effect a “secret power” because many writers have never stopped to think about it.

But I guarantee that each time you pick up a book, your reading experience is dramatically influenced by this one natural law.

We’ve all read books where the writing doesn’t seem to flow. Often you can’t put your finger on why. All you know is, the writing feels choppy, the phrasing awkward. You struggle to maintain your focus. Your mind continually wanders away from the page.

When you pick up a different book, however, the author engages your attention from the first page. The words flow so naturally and smoothly that you cease to think about the author’s voice at all. The story becomes an unstoppable current and you let yourself be swept along for the ride, fully immersed in the fictional world.

As authors, we all desire this second experience for our readers. And so we study diligently about how to hook our readers from the first line, how to escalate conflict, how to deepen characterization.

All of which are good, and immensely important.

But the whole shebang falls apart – and the reader will be wrenched from your storyworld without even knowing why – if you ignore the law of cause and effect.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Writer Unboxed » 9 Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Promote Your Audiobook
  2. Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Question: spending money on a publicist
  3. Confessions of a Mystery NovelistIf you only knew
  4. Defining Your Characters (Or Who Are These People, Anyway?) - Live Write Breathe
  5. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Adding Flesh to our Characters' Bones & IWSG Anthology News
  6. Fiction University: Blessing Or Curse? The Modern Writer’s Dilemma
  7. Author, Jody Hedlund: 3 Techniques to Keep in Mind When Setting the Stage
  8. The Ultimate Plotting Tool for Pantsers: Your Novel in 12 Sentences | Someday Box
  9. NaNoWriMo Prep: Brainstorming the Hero Before You Start Writing | Writers In The Storm
  10. What the Editor Sees (That the Writer Does Not) | The Review Review
  11. Read Memoirs to Understand Character Motivation
  12. The Writers Alley: Creating story flow: the secret power of cause and effect
  13. Four Ways To Win at the Book Selling Box Office! - Where Writers Win
  14. Emotional Description: 3 Common Problems with Show & Tell - WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS
  15. Writers on the Reality of Book Covers - Writer's Edit
  16. Fallen Heroes – Creating characters by looking at real people - Writers Write
  17. The 5 Attributes of a Successful Ghostwriter |
  18. Writing fast and hard
  19. How to Plan Your Book - Writer's Edit
  20. Self-Editing Redux: Spot Checking »
  21. Writer Unboxed » Everything You Need to Know About the @Reply
  22. 10 Twitter Tips for Authors (Infographic) - Where Writers Win
  23. 3 Things Your Novel’s Narrator Needs to Accomplish |
  24. Writing Scenes v. Narration: Know the Difference | Linda S. Clare
  25. WOW! Women On Writing Blog: How to Critique
  26. Facebook Relaunches Atlas: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  27. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Do Authors Obsess Too Much About Book Reviews?
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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