Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Emily Wenstrom

When writing first drafts, a common piece of advice is write fast—just get those ideas on the page so you can take a proper look at them before you start letting your editor start messing with them… Write fast, analyze later. NaNoWriMo is great for creating a structure to force this practice.

There’s some great reasoning behind this practice… but fast firsts aren’t for everyone.

Fast First Drafts, Sloppy First Drafts

When I first started writing novels, I pushed myself to follow the fast firsts principle. I whipped through my first draft and focused on just getting what I had in my mind on the page, shoving aside the questions and red flags that my inner editor wanted to investigate. And sure, it was satisfying to whip through that draft in a few months and have draft finished.

But when I went back to look at it, I realized something. I’d just poured countless hours into getting my story down, but it still lacked critical pieces of backstory, character development, even some plot structure.

I had a ton of work ahead of me. It took longer to go back and address these issues than it would have to think things through in the first place.

The Merits of Slow

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Post, Pin & Tweet - The Best Time to Outreach #SocialMedia
  2. How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks | self-publishing tips for indie authors
  3. Tips for Using Keywords in Blog Posts | Indies Unlimited
  4. Facelift or Botch for Amazon Author Central? | How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks
  5. 4 quick tips about book publicity - Build Book Buzz
  6. 9 Qualities Writers Should Look for in a Co-Blogger - Where Writers Win
  7. The Five Secrets to a Killer eBook Cover
  8. Writer Unboxed » The Great Twitter Debate: Should You Follow Back?
  9. Why Fast First Drafts Aren’t for Everyone
  10. Creating a Whole New World
  11. A good editor helps you to be yourself | Nail Your Novel
  12. Good Writing That Doesn't Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  13. The Google Play Controversy & The Opportunity Of FREE | Molly Greene: Writer
  14. Wattpad: A Powerful Tool for Book Marketing – Kobo Writing Life
  15. Writer Unboxed » Rising Expectations, Daily Pages, and Having Fun
  16. Writing Believable Fiction | Linda S. Clare
  17. ThrillWriting: Cops Gone Bad: Information for Writers with Police Chief Scott Silverii
  18. Developing Effective Web sites | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  19. How (and Why) to Make Pinterest for Business Work for You |
  20. How Moral is Your Story? | Stavros Halvatzis Ph.D.
  21. Writers On The Move: The First Step to Writing a Nonfiction Book
  22. Cockeyed Caravan: The Ultimate Story Checklist: Do the Right Thing
  23. 10 Questions To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books - Where Writers Win
  24. From the Write Angle: The Difference Between a Hook and an Elevator Pitch
  25. Indie Publisher vs. Vanity Press | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing
  26. Publishing: Sometimes, Two Rights… Make a Wrong | Writers In The Storm
Happy writing & running, Kathy 

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