Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

K.M. Weiland

Every story comes down to just one thing. Know what it is? Conflict’s a good guess (“no conflict, no story” and all that), but before a story can offer conflict, it has to first offer something else: desire. In short, story is always going to be about a character’s goal.

In previous posts, we’ve talked about your character’s two conflicting goals, based on the Thing He Needs and the Thing He Wants. Between them, these two desires drive your entire story, pushing and pulling your protagonist and the people around him until they end up in a completely different place from that in which they began the story.

But here’s another question for you: Does it matter what your character wants?

Obviously, a character’s goal has to tie into the plot in a logical way. But there’s more. In order to resonate deeply with your very human audience, your character’s goal needs to be one of five specific things.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Why It Matters to Authors

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. New Adult: A Genre is Born | Ingrid's Notes http://ow.ly/DnSp1
  2. How Vivid Verbs Transform Your Writing - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management http://ow.ly/DnWXr
  3. From Sarah, With Joy: 4 Great Lessons for Writers from Ron Swanson http://ow.ly/DnXJ6
  4. 6 Steps To Finding Your Writing Voice This Week | IttyBiz http://ow.ly/DnYTv
  5. The Millions : The Trouble with Writing http://ow.ly/DnZmj
  6. Fiction University: Social Media for Authors 101 http://ow.ly/DnZwy
  7. Variations of Villainy - SFWA http://ow.ly/DnZH8
  8. How to Use Google Analytics Behavior Reports to Optimize Your Content | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/Do068
  9. 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About : @ProBlogger http://ow.ly/Do0k3
  10. Author, Jody Hedlund: Planting Minor Characters With Purpose http://ow.ly/Do0tC
  11. How To Organize Your Non-fiction Book http://ow.ly/Do0LO
  12. How to Wow Your Audience with the Right Image http://ow.ly/Do0Ur
  13. How To Supercharge Your Writing - Use This Cinematic Technique | Write to Done http://ow.ly/Do1jr
  14. How to Make an SEO Friendly Video That Will Get You Noticed - Marketing Tips For Authors http://ow.ly/Do1uF
  15. The Ploughshares Round Down: Short Stories as a Path to Literary Success | Ploughshares http://ow.ly/Do1DK
  16. A Viral Recipe for Your Blog - The 4th Ingredient Will Blow Your Mind - Author Media http://ow.ly/Do1M0
  17. Why Your Character's Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things - Helping Writers Become Authors http://ow.ly/Do1Ts
  18. How to Customize a Template-Based Author Website http://ow.ly/Do21l
  19. Ask Jami: Whose Point of View Should We Use? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author http://ow.ly/Do2uo
  20. BookDaily.com - Removing Naughty Scenes Does Not Make It YA http://ow.ly/DoysD
  21. Plugging In To Your Peeps: Author Platform Expansion - Where Writers Win http://ow.ly/DoyP3
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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