Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Amanda Patterson

I have been posting articles about writing novels for a long time. Regular Writers Write contributors, Mia BothaAnthony Ehlers, and I add weekly blogs about writing techniques and writing routines, but some things never change. There are always certain ways to make your novel more memorable. Here are 17 tips for writers who want to do just that.
  1. Build your plot around the decisions you want your protagonist to make.
  2. Structure your book as a roller-coaster ride. It should be a physical journey that forces you to vicariously experience a series of emotions. Pace it. Give us moments of respite and then throw us back into the action.
  3. Keep it simple. Tell the story. Make sure you have a clear beginning, middle and ending
  4. Write from your heart. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Readers will sense if you’re not being genuine. You do not have to know what you are writing about. As Nikki Giovanni says, writers don’t write from experience. They write from empathy.
  5. Start your novel at the end of the backstory you’ve created. Begin with a breathtaking inciting moment. Something should happen that leads to a revelation of a shocking fact, a surprising insight, or a unique perspective. The protagonist’s status quo must change and he or she needs to act or react. Move your story forward. Don’t look back.
  6. Include only the most important parts of the story...

 Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Proofreading our own work: Overcoming ‘autocorrect’ | @Belinda_Pollard
  2. 6 Tools to Make Your Life Easier - Books & Such Literary Management: Books & Such Literary Management
  3. AuthorCulture: C. Hope Clark, "Secondary Characters Have a Primary Role"
  4. MIND MELD: The Best Alien Characters in Science Fiction (and What Makes Them so Successful) - SF Signal
  5. 17 Ways To Make your Novel More Memorable - Writers Write
  6. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
  7. Tips for Crafting a Frame Story -
  8. Jonah 2 eight: Them Old Revision Blues
  9. Writer Unboxed » Keep the Faucet on: Slow and Steady Fills the Ocean
  10. What Every Writer Should Know About Their Novel's Pre-Middle | Better Novel Project
  11. Seriously Write: Writing Thankful by Heidi Chiavaroli
  12. Fiction University: What's Their Story? Discovering the Front Story of Your Non-Point of View Characters
  13. A lesson from The Boss on how to build an audience for books - Build Book Buzz
  14. How To Publish A Short Story Collection: Tips For Getting Agents' And Editors' Attention For Your Short Stories
  15. "An agent or editor who doesn’t love your manuscript isn’t the right agent or editor for you." via @Ava_Jae
  16. The Writers Alley: Out of the Heart - Guarding Your Heart and Writing the Bigger Story
  17. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Feel Like Popping Your Editor? Keep Calm and Read This.
  18. Should Authors on the Traditional Path Pay an Editor? — Guest: Sharon Hughson | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
Happy running and writing, Kathy 

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