Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Janice Hardy, @JaniceHardy

When you think about it, writing is a pretty amazing thing. Ten writers can use the same ten words and create completely different sentences. They can use them to evoke a myriad of emotions from joyous to terrified, and bring a reader to tears as well as laughter.

What words we choose matter. A single edit can change how a reader interprets our work, and knowing that, we can put them in the right mindset for the story. 

1. Be Suggestive

There have been a slew of movies, TV shows, and Vegas acts that have the hero--usually some type of con man--setting up a "mark" (the victim) to think or respond a certain way. They use subliminal clues to suggest what they want the mark to think or say. Drop enough clues with the numbers 3 and 6 in front of someone, then ask them to pick a number between ten and forty, and you'll get a lot of 36s.

This works in fiction. 

If you want the reader to get an idea in their head but don't want to bash them over the head with it, plant a few suggestive clues. . .

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: Three Tips for Creating Evocative Prose
  2. The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma | The Creative Penn
  3. Verb Mistakes #1: Didn’t With Conditional
  4. Everything Is Your Resume: Tip #30 of 52 Ways to Market Your Book | Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  5. Jen's Book Thoughts: I Wish We Could Stop Seeing... Overused book blurb/review wording...
  6. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Pad Your Resume, and Wallets, by Writing for Small Markets by Sylvia Ney
  7. Adverbs are their function, not their ending
  8. Mythcreants » Seven Tips for Receiving Feedback
  9. Trademark: Let’s Meet Copyright’s Half Sister by Helen Sedwick — The Book Designer
  10. Most Valuable Marketing Tools for Self-Published Authors | chrismcmullen
  11. Karen Woodward: Story Openings: Tags And Traits: Bringing Characters To Life
  12. Fixing Typos in Your Uploaded Amazon E-Books | Hugh Howey
  13. 15 Tips for Aspiring Writers from 5 Successful Authors | Live Write Thrive
  14. 2 enduring, low-cost book marketing tactics | @Belinda_Pollard
  15. Jane Friedman — Find out more about the writing life, getting... Do you have writing talent?
  16. Free vs. Discounted: How BookBub’s Selection Rates Vary - BookBub Unbound
  17. How to Sell More Books to the Right Target Audience
  18. Here's How to Get People to Care About What You Create
  19. Experiencing Blogging Block? Then You Need These 6 Tips and Tools
  20. Writer Unboxed » The Things We Carry
  21. The Secret to Writing a Protagonist Who's Both Unique and Universal - Helping Writers Become Authors
  22. The Mystery of Mysteries: 11+ Elements in a Private Investigator Mystery -
  23. Russell Blake » The New Landscape "My message is that the honeymoon’s over. Time to knuckle down..."
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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