Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Chris Winkle

Recently, a reader named Jason wrote us to ask us about character description. Specifically, he wanted to know:

If you’re describing humans, how much is enough for a minor character? For example in some books they mention eye color but personally I can’t tell eye color unless I get creepy-close and check but is it important under normal circumstances?

If you’re describing aliens do how do you do it? Imagine doing a novelization of the cantina scene in Star Wars, do you need to describe every species there or just the two that were harassing Luke?

I can’t quite get the hang of it. I want to be descriptive but I don’t want to devote a paragraph describing a throw-away character either.

That’s a lot of questions packed together. I’ll outline some guiding principles to give you a better feel for your description, regardless of the context. When describing a character, here’s what you should consider.

What Is Your Viewpoint Character Thinking?

Most of us are writing in first or third person these days. If that includes you, then your description should reflect what your point-of-view character (POVC) is thinking about in that moment. For instance, if you launch into lengthy character description mid dialogue, it will create the impression that your POVC has become mesmerized by those perfect eyebrows and neglected the conversation.

First Meetings and Strong Impressions

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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 Find the Best Image Quote Inspiration for Your Niche
  2. Author, Jody Hedlund: Do Writers REALLY Need to Use Social Media Anymore?
  3. Your Best Friend Is a Horrible Fictional Character
  4. How To Use Dialogue To Show And Not Tell - Writers Write
  5. Can You Picnic?* | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...
  6. Why Everyone Needs a Cat Nap—Especially Writers
  7. Fiction University: Facing Dark Times as a Writer
  8. Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  9. Mythcreants » How Do You Describe a Character?
  10. Writer Unboxed » Making the Jump: From Reigning Queens to the Queen of Fashion
  11. The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways | Jane Friedman
  12. Want a Date with an Agent? Let Set You Up! | Catherine, Caffeinated
  13. The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career | The Creative Penn
  14. Amazon Book Reviews and Goodreads Book Reviews | Book Marketing Services
  15. One Fictitious Moment: Writing Historical Fiction – Kobo Writing Life
  16. Creating Your Custom Audible 30-Day Free Trial Link | Audiobook Creation Exchange Blog (ACX)
  17. Newsletter Signups and International Readers - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  18. What keeps you resilient as a writer? | Nail Your Novel
  19. EEK! Writers: Is Fear Holding You Back? - Writer's Relief, Inc.
  20. How To Market A 99 Cent Ebook Sale On The Cheap | Molly Greene: Writer
  21. Marketing Your Series: a Plan for a Solid Launch and Sales for Years to Come | Lindsay Buroker
  22. How to Decipher an Agent’s Rejection Letter | LYNNETTE LABELLE
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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