Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Donald Maass

The surest way to stir emotion in readers can be summed up in one word: change.

Change is a universal experience.  We’ve all gone through it.  We cannot avoid it.  The passages of life guarantee it.  Change is necessary, difficult, wrenching and individual.  When a character in a story changes we each recall the emotional earthquakes of our own lives.  We feel for characters, or so we say.  We’re really feeling for ourselves.

Changes can be small or big.  In my post Stirring Higher Emotions, I described a method for turning a character toward virtue, the shift with the greatest reader impact.  Change can also be momentary, though, as when in a scene a point-of-view character gains insight, makes an intuitive leap, asks the right question, reverses course or steps out of the box of our expectations and acts differently or looks at things in a new way.

Every change, big or small, knocks us readers off balance which in terms of emotional craft is good.   Shake us out of our fog and our hearts open.  We’re free to feel.  What does change mean, then?  How does it happen?  How can it be built in a manuscript for maximum effect?

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Read the full article HERE!

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  • 5 Ways to Brace Yourself For the Harsh Truths of the Author Career | Author Marketing Institute
  • What IS an Ebook? by David Kudler — The Book Designer
  • How to sell out at a book signing without being a celebrity - Build Book Buzz
  • Writer Unboxed » Change  "The surest way to stir emotion in readers can be summed up in one word: change."
  • Save Money by Designing Your Own Promo | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  • On “Action” as “Tension” In Fiction, and Different Manifestations of It | Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  • Writers On The Move: The Value of Finishing Your Writing Projects
  • The dreaded competitive title analysis – BookBaby
  • Fiction University: Lost in the Crowd: Working With Multiple Point of View Characters
  • How Judgmental Are Your Characters? | Writers In The Storm
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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