Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jeff Gerke

You’ve probably heard the adage that you must begin your novel with action—even if it’s not the main action of the book. While this rule is fairly well-accepted in fiction teaching circles, not everyone agrees with it.

What does it mean to begin a novel with action? Usually, car chases and explosions come to mind. But a lot of novels don’t have a single car chase and nary an explosion in the whole book, so then what would “action” constitute? It could be a ballgame, an argument, a stage performance, someone’s death, or a mysterious discovery. So long as it strikes the right tone for the novel to come, any of these would be good choices.

But what if the writer doesn’t want to begin with anything active happening at all? Must a novel begin with action of some sort? Is there no other option?

We know there are great ways to begin a novel that are not action by almost anyone’s definition.

Call me Ishmael.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Granted, those are just opening lines, not opening scenes, and those are drawn from novels of yesteryear. But the point remains that it’s possible to have a great novel that doesn’t begin with a tank blowing up.

What about a novel that begins with the unique voice of the narrator? What about a novel from the lyrical prose school of fiction?

My fourth novel begins with the hero finding out that he’s been assigned to kill someone—but the scene itself consists mainly of thinking and talking, not your typical description of an action-packed beginning.

Why It’s Often Smart to Begin with Action

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. The 9 Worst Types of Plot Fails, Part 2 | Knite Writes
  2. Novel Rocket: What's In A Voice? "Sometimes the "it" factor causes one voice to stand out above others." #writetip
  3. Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story | Open Culture
  4. What to Do When You Absolutely, Positively NEED a Pen Name | Kristen Lamb's Blog
  5. Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext - Helping Writers Become Authors
  6. Author, Jody Hedlund: 4 Steps That Can Keep Writers From Dismal Failure
  7. How to Create a Best-Selling Cover - Freebooksy
  8. Release News! How Do You Deal with “Hurry Up and Wait”? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  9. Fiction University: Four Ways to Prepare for a Book Launch—Even if You Aren’t Published Yet
  10. 10 Reasons Why You Should Interview Your Fellow Fiction Authors by Jason Kong — The Book Designer
  11. 3 Ways to Start Your Novel
  12. Why Seth Godin self published – BookBaby blog
  13. How to Use Twitter Direct Messages for Customer Service Social Media Examiner
  14. Writability: “But The Book Gets Better!”
  15. Quit Being A Commodity: How To Get Visibility And Stand Out
  16. How Important is Your Book Title? - Books & Such Literary Management
  17. Courage and the Creative Pursuit
  18. The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today | Write to Done
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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