Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Now Novel

Some writers swear by writing on the fly and letting themselves be guided by their characters or by instinct. However, it is possible for all types of writers to take charge of the plot and steer it in the desired direction from the opening sentences to the final paragraph.

The first thing to keep in mind is that while structure, story and plot are all related to one another, they are not the same thing. Structure is something that can be shared by hundreds, thousands or even millions of stories, but the stories themselves can be very different. This is why most movie screenplays can follow a similar three-act structure regardless of genre or story, and it is also why the scholar Joseph Campbell was able to identify a number of key structural points in different myths from all over the world.

The novelist and critic E.M. Forster differentiated plot and story by defining story as simply a recounting of the events and plot as more concerned with what events caused other events. This definition can help you discern a common weakness in plots. That weakness is the causal relationship. In other words, in order to have a strong plot, incidents must cause other incidents to happen. Therefore, plot incorporates the elements of story, but it must also demonstrate why the things in the story happen.

The classic example that Forster gives is that the king died and then the queen died is story while the king died and then the queen died of grief is plot. As you can see, the latter example reflects a causal relationship.

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How to Come Up with Motifs in Your Novel | Live Write Thrive
  2. How To Use A Genius Tool For Writers: Mind Maps | Write to Done
  3. Modern-day novel writing | How to take charge of your plot, writing a story from beginning to end
  4. 7 Tips for Revising a |
  5. How to Boost Your Book with Amazon’s Pre-Order | Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
  6. Karen Woodward: Plot Wheels And The Tarot
  7. Collecting Data On Your Writing | Fantasy-Faction
  8. Blood-Red Pencil: How Not to Burn Your Critique Group to the Ground
  9. Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Writing Advice from Frank Herbert: Concentrate on story
  10. Writer Unboxed » The Lonely Writer
  11. How James Patterson Became the Ultimate Storyteller | Vanity Fair
  12. BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Yeah, But Can You Make It Funny?
  13. New Facebook Changes: Target your Audience Effectively : @ProBlogger
  14. Writability: Discussion: What Do You Hope to Achieve With Your Writing?
  15. Pulitzer-Winning Journo's Creative Trick to Writing Clearly | The Copybot
  16. How to Start in the Middle | Linda S. Clare
  17. Comparison: How it Kills Creativity and What a Writer Can Do About It - Jeni Chappelle
  18. ThrillWriting: Judgemental! Info for Writers with Judge Bill Hopkins
  19. Writing a Blurb for Your Book Cover | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  20. AuthorRise Shows Promise for Indie Writers by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer
  21. Advanced Marketing Tactics for Indie Authors
  22. Where to Find (and How to Use) Photos for Your Posts - How to Blog a Book
  23. Patricia Green Books » Blog Archive » 2014 Romance Reader Survey Results (Data Analysis)
  24. 10 Questions to Find Your Unique Writing Voice
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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