Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Faye Kirwin

Characters’ lives aren’t easy. We writers put them through trials, tribulations and traumas—and sometimes those traumas have lasting effects.

Experiencing a traumatic event can have several repercussions for your characters. A strong sense of fear or anger or sadness, intrusive memories of the event, even nightmares about it—all are possible.

But just because your character has undergone a trauma and is experiencing some of the after-effects of that, it doesn’t mean they have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Think one of your characters might have PTSD or know one’s going to develop it? First things first, make sure you know what PTSD is, understand what’s necessary to be diagnosed with it, and dispel any misconceptions you might have about it. Then you’ll be one step closer to writing about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a way that’s realistic, sensitive and compelling.

— Psychology & Storycraft —
How to Tell If Your Character Has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Important: The information given in these posts comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). It should not be used to diagnose yourself or others. Leave that to a qualified clinical professional. You can, however, use this information to diagnose your characters. (In fact, I positively encourage it.)

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. How to Use Google Authorship to Boost SEO and Reduce Piracy
  2. Want to Start a Writing-Related Company? — Guest: Kathryn Goldman | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  3. 9 Things All Author Websites Need to Have - BookBub Unbound
  4. A Writer's Take on Wattpad | Terry Odell
  5. Make Money Writing in 2015: Offer Mini Content
  6. 4 Research Hacks for Writing Thrillers - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™
  7. Apotheosis: Definition and Examples for Writers
  8. How to Tell If Your Character Has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Writerology
  9. Semicolons: How To Use Them, And Why You Should
  10. Why Fan Fiction Is The Future of Publishing | The Passive Voice |
  11. David Farland’s Kick in the Pants—When to Stop Polishing a Manuscript
  12. Writer Unboxed » Flog a Pro: would you turn this bestselling author’s first page?
  13. Lessons I Learned from Teaching Scrivener
  14. How to Reward Your Fans with Facebook Offers | Social Media Examiner
  15. Karen Woodward: Blog Topics For When You’re Stuck
  16. Quit Being A Commodity: How To Get Visibility And Stand Out a Cause - Books & Such Literary Management: Books & Such Literary Management
  17. The Seven Stages of Finding Your Calling
  18. 10 Tools to Help You to Keep Writing | Write to Done
  19. Why Authors Should Use Video to Promote Their Books - Marketing Tips For Authors
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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