Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Chris Winkle

You might know the characters, themes, and setting in your story, but do you know which hooks are motivating your readers to continue? Each hook creates an open plot thread; readers are pulled in because they want to see them conclude. If you mix up your subplots or don’t close each one properly, you’ll end up with a cranky audience.

The Types of Threads

Threads are easy to tangle up because there are so many nuanced options, even for the same story. Let’s say we have a story about a little girl and a monster that lives under her bed. This story could have any of the following threads: 
  • A threat: The monster is a danger to the girl and her family. The thread will open by demonstrating this threat to the audience. It will close when the family is either safe or eaten.
  • Their relationship: The monster and the girl will slowly build a positive relationship with one another. The thread will open by demonstrating that they are hostile to each other. It will close by affirming their new friendship or sending them on their separate ways. 
  • . . .

These are not the only options. A thread could use anything that feels unresolved. Usually it’s a problem in need of a solution. Regardless, it always has an opening that hooks the reader and sets their expectation for that thread and a close that satisfies those expectations, releasing the reader from the hook.

Any thread should have multiple options for closure.
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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Happy New Year! How Can We Create More Success? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  2. The FREE Program Every Writer Can Use | Writers In The Storm
  3. 5 Writing Resolutions to Avoid in 2015 | Juggling Writer
  4. Martha Alderson aka Plot Whisperer: Characters in Action-Driven Novels and Those in Character-Driven Stories
  5. Imagining Your Finished Book--A Three-Part (and Very Encouraging!) Brainstorming Exercise
  6. WOW! Women On Writing Blog: Proofing: Why You Should Read Your Work Out Loud
  7. Mythcreants » Establishing and Satisfying Plot Threads
  8. jimbutcher: The Most Important Thing an Aspiring Author Needs to Know
  9. Karen Woodward: How Michael Moorcock Wrote A Novel In Three Days
  10. Anne R. Allen's Blog: What Did You Care About Most in 2014? Our Top Writing Stories.
  11. Creating a Production Plan for the Year—Some Thoughts - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  12. Happy New Year! How Can We Create More Success? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  13. How to Face Unafraid the Plans That You've Made - Copyblogger
  14. Mobile, Content, Social, Search - What Will Make Retail Tick in 2015? - #infographic
  15. Writer Unboxed » You Say You Want a Resolution
  16. The Art of the Nonfiction Book Proposal - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  17. How Much Does Self-Publishing a Book Cost? | Lindsay Buroker
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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