Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

Someone once said to me: The first few pages of a novel sell that novel, the ending of the novel sells the next novel.

I believe that.

Endings are important. If I like a book but hate the ending I probably won't read another book by the same author. 

How does one create an exciting, satisfying, ending?

Yesterday, as I worked on the ending for my WIP, I wondered: Is this any good? Is it interesting? Exciting? How can I tell? What makes an ending good? Bad? Indifferent?

So I did what I usually do at times like those, I went to my digital library (also known as the internet) and re-read Jim Butcher's essay, Story Climax. It's an informative, easy, read. And it's funny. (Sometimes I think humour is like the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.)

Jim Butcher is a funny, brilliant and wildly successful author--a #1 New York Times bestseller--so I'm going to try and dip into his well of wisdom and talk about a few of his thoughts about what goes into creating an exciting, couldn't-stop-reading-if-you-wanted, ending.

What do readers want?
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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Presence on the Page: What It Is, and What It Isn’t | LitReactor
  2. 5 Ways to Create Conflict in Your Story | ScreenCraft
  3. Hidden Emotions: How To Tell Readers What Characters Don’t Want To Show -
  4. Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language - Writers Write
  5. ‘Murder, She Read!’ Taking A Deep Dive Into Mystery With Nielsen | Thought Catalog
  6. Facebook Promotional Ban Spells Trouble for Authors-2015 - Authorlink
  7. Mythcreants » Primetime Adventures Is Great for Dramatic Roleplaying
  8. 35 Tactics To Improve Your 2015 Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen
  9. The Indie Author’s Bookshelf: 19 Best Titles for Self-Editing by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas —
  10. Questions instead of resolutions? | Marcie Brock, Book Marketing Maven
  11. Writer Unboxed » Writer Resolutions
  12. Novelists: A Risky Bet that Just Might Be a Sure Thing... For You -
  13. Marketing: “Why Isn’t It Working?” | chrismcmullen
  14. Yellow Card Daily Writing Tips: "The symbolism of soccer’s colored penalty cards has spread to other endeavors."
  15. Karen Woodward: Jim Butcher On How To Write A Suspenseful Story Climax
  16. How To Beat The Fear Of Self-Publishing | Molly Greene: Writer
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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