Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Kaye Dacus

It sounds like the stupidest thing to start with, but if you’re going to write a book, you need to know what you’re telling a story about. In other words, you need a premise.

I have a story idea, thanks.

Well . . . story premise is a bit more complex than a story idea. Conversely, premise is not nearly as complex as plot.

Obviously, you’re going to start with an idea. Whether that idea comes from a character or a what if…? scenario running through your head, your mind starts building a story around that idea. Now it’s time to take your story idea to the next level and develop it into a premise.

According to Donald Maass in Writing the Breakout Novel:

The key ingredients that I look for in a fully formed breakout premise are (1) plausibility, (2) inherent conflict, (3) originality and (4) gut emotional appeal. (p. 40)

Let’s explore Maass’s elements a bit so that you can determine if you have an idea or if you have a premise that will sustain your manuscript through to the end.


How many times have you sat watching a movie or TV show or reading a book and all of a sudden snorted in derision and grumbled, “Yeah, right. Like that would ever happen!”

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 21 Fast Hacks to Fuel Your Story With |
  2. Hot Tips for Your Author Website - Where Writers Win
  3. W R I T E W O R L D In writing, be sure to describe the effect the smell is having on the smeller!
  4. How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study | The Creative Penn
  5. How Characters Can Become Stories – Erika Wassall | Writing and Illustrating
  6. Painting Characters into Corners - SFWA
  7. Partnering With Authors – Marketing Your Books as a Group | Book Marketing Tools Blog
  8. Book Promotion: Networking for Introverts
  9. 15 Ways You Can Beat The Content Marketing Odds - Heidi Cohen
  10. Authors: Plan Your Marketing with a Content Calendar by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer
  11. Kindle Pricing Strategies: How to Price Your eBook for Maximum Success
  12. Is your writing stalled? Surround yourself with motivation. Here are several ideas. @marygkeeley
  13. Look at Me: Getting Your Work the Attention it Deserves
  14. How Dreams and Habits Make You a Wildly Productive Writer
  15. A Free Way to Promote Your Books via Createspace - Sandy Appleyard
  16. See How Easily You Can Track Your Character's Emotional Arc in a Scene - Helping Writers Become Authors
  17. Are You a Lone Ranger Writer? - Books & Such Literary Management: Books & Such Literary Management
  18. How to Use Needs and Goals to Appeal to Readers | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  19. 92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-readers | The Passive Voice |
  20. Using Your Personality Type to Make You a Better Writer - Marcy Kennedy
  21. 6 Tips for Author Crowdfunding -
  22. The Devil-May-Care Method to Finding the Perfect Article Opening | The Copybot
  23. Get Ready: Is Your PREMISE Ready? #ReadySetWrite |
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

1 comment:

Alexa said...

These are great resources! Thanks.