Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Amanda Patterson

Some of the finest pieces of fiction are short stories. Reading a short story does not take much time, but you may remember it forever. Some of Stephen King and Roald Dahl’s best work is short fiction. My favourite short story is Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter.

Because they are short, with a simple dramatic structure, short stories are easily adapted for film. In fact, Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption became The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman.

But what is a short story?

The simplest answer is that it is short. It should have an impact and a meaning, and it should be memorable. It is a retelling of an incident and it usually contains:
  • a single main character (protagonist)
  • a simple plot structure
  • a clear beginning, middle, climax and end

There is usually no sub-plot and some of the secondary characters may be one-dimensional.

What makes a great short story?
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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. January 2015 Author Earnings Report – Author Earnings
  2. Hot Trends in Self Publishing - Bookarma Blog
  3. 9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for |
  4. Capturing the Vile Voice of a Villain - Venture Galleries
  5. Beyond Beautiful: The Significance of an Objective Critique | Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction
  6. Reedsy — How To Make Blogging Work As An Author -- An...
  7. Blood-Red Pencil: Writers Sit Without Back Pain
  8. Writer Unboxed » Six Things Every Writer Needs to Succeed (Psst: MFA is not on this list.)
  9. Branding 101: What’s Your Story? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  10. Ban Psychics from Your Fiction | Linda S. Clare
  11. He’s a Pinball Wizard "... video games are so popular, it’s little wonder that crime-fictional characters play them."
  12. Karen Woodward: Three Kinds of Micro Fiction: The Drabble, 55 Fiction and The Twabble
  13. The Two BEST Reasons to Fail as a Writer
  14. Basic Elements of Flash Fiction: a Short Fiction Workshop Handout « Flash Fiction Chronicles
  15. Novel Publicity – Money, Money, Money: The Finances of Publishing
  16. Karen Woodward: A Story Structure In Three Acts: Act Two
  17. Torture your Character - The Three Most Effective Types of Inner Conflict - Writers Write
  18. How to outline a short story for beginners - Writers Write
  19. 10 Reasons to keep a writing journal
  20. The Secret to Writing a Great Short Story - Writers Write
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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