Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Molly Greene

Are you overwhelmed with writing advice? Frustrated by ‘expert’ penmonkeys that don’t know squat about crime-writing? Sick of literary snitches that sell you false clues? Stuck for real leads on what makes for good blood & guts scoops?

Well, it’s up to you to solve your style, but I’ve got some solid evidence on what makes or breaks a crime-fiction story.

1. Understand what story is.

Stories are about something that happens. Pure & simple. Oh, there’s all kinds of BS out there about character-driven or plot-driven, literary or commercial, and first person vs. omniscient crap. That’s good fodder for writing seminars, but for the reader… it’s all about what’s happening. It’s not show vs. tell. Readers don’t care about that and they don’t recognize a good alliteration from a bad head-hop.

They care about what happens next. It’s not perfect prose they’re looking for. It’s the overall story question – What’s going to happen?

Keep your reader questioning and you’ll keep them reading to the end. And it’ll make them buy your next book. And the one after that.

So forget most of the ‘expert’ garbage and, like Stephen King says, just tell the story. And if you really want to learn something, go read Lisa Cron’s book Wired For Story. You’ll never think about stories the same way again.

2. Open with a bang or a body.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: Choosing Which Thoughts to Italicize http://ow.ly/FUFHp
  2. Insecure Writer's Support Group: Where to Find a Great Book Cover Artist http://ow.ly/FUH8W
  3. How Authors Should Deal with Criticism | Self-Publishing Advice http://ow.ly/FUOVC
  4. 5 Killer Tips For Writing Deadly Crime Fiction | Molly Greene: Writer http://ow.ly/FUPdO
  5. Do Writers Hear THEIR Biological Clock Ticking? http://ow.ly/FUPQ4
  6. How to Take Your Pinterest Engagement And Results To The Next Level http://ow.ly/FUQ9C
  7. Writing Advice to a Younger You - Girlfriends Book Club http://ow.ly/FUQAW
  8. Customer Behavior - What Motivates Consumers to Complete E-Commerce Purchases? : MarketingProfs Article http://ow.ly/FUQL9
  9. How to Create a Brand Persona on Social Media http://ow.ly/FURaZ
  10. 10 Successful Facebook Marketing Examples | Social Media Examiner http://ow.ly/FUStK
  11. 11 Ways to Become a Better Writer (Without Writing) - Books & Such Literary Management http://ow.ly/FUThn
  12. Karen Woodward: Story Openings: Tags, Traits and Tropes http://ow.ly/FUX9A
  13. Five Facts About Kindle Unlimited and How to Make This Program Work for You | Author Marketing Experts, Inc. http://ow.ly/FV3uo
  14. My Favorite Digital Tools in 2014 | Jane Friedman http://ow.ly/FVofa
  15. The 7 Benefits of Mind Mapping - Training Authors for Success http://ow.ly/FVoqw
  16. CreateSpace Community: Resources: How to Craft a Compelling Book Description http://ow.ly/FVEbD
  17. Balancing Description and Avoiding Infodump | Susan Dennard http://ow.ly/FVEOe
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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