Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

Aaaah, metaphors: they can be a writer’s best friend, or worst enemy (see what I did there?). When done well, they can add a whole other dimension to your writing. But you can’t necessarily just compare sadness to road kill and be on your merry way. Metaphor creation is a honed writing skill.

Before we hop to the 5 tips, let’s learn some terminology with the help of our buddy John Green, and our favorite metaphor from Looking for Alaska:

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

The best definition of a metaphor that I could come up with based on others I read was “a comparison that shows how two mostly dissimilar things are alike in a contextually important way”. So though people are not drops of water who fall from the sky, we learn that Miles feels “subdued” compared to Alaska, because we know how drizzle relates to a hurricane.

Metaphors have two parts: a tenor and a vehicle. The tenor is the actual thing being described—in the above quote, people, Miles, and Alaska are tenors. The vehicle is what the tenors are being compared to: rain, drizzle, and a hurricane, respectively.

Okay! Now that we’ve got that down, let’s get this show on the road:

1. Don’t overuse them

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 5 Tips for Creating Metaphors “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space."
  2. How to Overcome the Biggest Obstacle to Successful Authorship "Change Your Attitude, Change Your Results"
  3. Kidlit · A Little Help From Hamlet "Don’t rush through the establishing parts of your plot..."
  4. Writability: How I Became a Morning Person
  5. Punctuation Review #3: En Dashes Daily Writing Tips
  6. Reading for Writers 101: Character Motivation »
  7. Writing a Heist: 5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Loot »
  8. 7 Ways #SocialMedia is Like Driving a Car – via Social Media Mentor @EdieMelson #writing
  9. Using Your Personality Type to Make You a Better Writer - Marcy Kennedy
  10. How Often Should Indie Authors Publish?  Success = (Target Audience Size) x Quality x Discoverability x Production
  11. 89+ Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life "Fresh out of ideas on how to help your writing take off? ..."
  12. How to Create a Strong Emotional Response in Your Readers | Live Write Thrive
  13. How to Master (and Survive) a Career as a Solo Writer!
  14. "There are many tools to help streamline your social media life..."  WriterlandWriterland
  15. 2015 social media wish list "Be compassionate, share interesting information, and..."
  16. How To Get Influencers To Notice You  "Going after them, however, can be tricky..."
  17. Kindle Pricing Strategies: How to Price Your eBook for Maximum Success
  18. Creating in Chaos: Making Art Amidst a Mess
  19. Your Writing Playlist - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  20. 3 Reasons to Bundle the Early Books in Your Series | Lindsay Buroker
  21. Persuasive Writing: The Key to a Stellar Writing Career
  22. Nonfiction Authors: How to Find Your Ideal Reader by Cathy Yardley — The Book Designer
  23. How to outline a short story for beginners - Writers Write
  24. How to Place Turning Points on a Beat Sheet | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  25. Southern Writers - Suite T: Keep It Professional
  26. Take a page out of the Banshee Writers' book and learn how to Juxtapose - Author Zoo
  27. 5 Ways to Create a Winning Book Review Pitch - Marketing Tips For Authors
  28. Following The Crowd | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing
  29. Setting writing goals? Make them SMART—and flexible!
  30. Why Authors Walk Away From Big 5 Publishers
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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