Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Anthony Ehlers

One of the mistakes we make as writers is confusing sentimental writing with emotional writing.  The former is decorating the proverbial chocolate box; the latter is discovering that someone ate the last chocolate in the box.

We want readers to empathize with our characters and their situation. We want to create that emotional connection between character, narrative and reader. That connection must be so strong and immediate that the readers see themselves in the character’s life as it plays out on the page.

Find a specific character’s truth

Emotion must serve the story and the character. It should never be an attempt to manipulate a response from your reader.

For me, mawkish or flowery writing weakens that bond and diffuses the energy of a scene. It seems to try too hard by overstating the emotions, rather than digging deeper - to the character, their environment and conflict.

Don’t cry for me, dear reader…

Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. What Do/Should Writers Read? What Do You Read? | Don Massenzio's Blog
  2. How to Check Social Media Privacy Settings | Social Media Examiner
  3. 6 ways to create satisfying scene endings - Writers Write
  4. 7 Tension-Building Tips for Writing Action Scenes
  5. Emotional Description: 3 Common Problems with Show & Tell - Angela Ackerman | Romance University
  6. What Makes A Plot Boring? How Can An Author Avoid Boring Her Readers? | Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  7. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
  8. The Future of Ink - Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs
  9. 3 Steps for Making Copy Edits Less Dramatic - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  10. 033: Small Acts, Big Impact: How to Create Wow Experiences [Podcast]
  11. Scene Stealers: Can Heroes and Villains Fall in Love? | Write to Done
  12. How Authors Can Use Amazon's Pre-Order Feature - Marketing Tips For Authors
  13. How to Successfully Launch a Podcast - Interview with Jason T. Wiser
  14. Want a Powerful Theme for Your Novel? Play Devil's Advocate! - Helping Writers Become Authors
  15. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Frazzled, Overwhelmed, Swamped? A Writer's Guide to Mental Health
  16. Multiple Projects at Once - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  17. Fiction University: Tag! You're It: Talking About Dialog Tags
  18. Why Worrying about Genre is Holding You Back - Nick Stephenson
  19. Don’t “Write What You Know”—Write What You Long to Write | Live Write Thrive
  20. Book covers: Should we put people on them? | @Belinda_Pollard
  21. How To Edit Down Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy | @PenandMuse
  22. NaNo Wrap-Up: How to Move Forward | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
Happy running and writing, Kathy

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