Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: K.M. Weiland

When I was a young reader, I had a horrendously bad habit.

Whenever I started a new book, I would systematically read the front cover, the back cover, the front matter, the back matter–and then the final line of the book. I know, I know. Anathema.

I clearly remember the day I swore to never do this again. I was around fourteen years old, curled up on the window seat in my parents’ room, avoiding company so I could start the third and final book in Timothy Zahn’s original Star Wars trilogy. I did my usual routine, then flipped to the back and read the final line.

Immediately, I wanted to bang the book against my head. Why had I justdone that? My silly momentary impatience had just ruined the whole book for me. I knew the ending. What was the point of reading the book now?

Except, of course, I did read it. And what’s more, I enjoyed it. Even though I had ruined the ending, I hadn’t ruined the book. How come?

Don’t Discount the Power of the Re-Readability Factor

Writers accept that what’s gonna happen next? is the most important question in fiction. Implicit in that question is the suggestion that writers need to prevent readers from guessing the story’s ending.

But that simply isn’t true.

Consider three very different story experiences that all defy the necessity of an unexpected ending.

1. Revisiting Favorite Stories

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If you missed my latest writing and marketing tweets, here they are again:
  • 3 Incredibly Powerful Ways Myths Inform Storytelling - Writers Write
  • Understanding Cultural Trends Can Help You Write a Bestseller
  • Writing 101: Creating a Successful Hero and Villain - Ink and Quills
  • #5OnFri: Five Tips for Creating a Writing Office in Any Room - DIY MFA : DIY MFA
  • #5onFri: Writing Apps to Help You Finish that Book : DIY MFA
  • Handcare for Writers | Self-Publishing Author Advice from The Alliance of Independent Authors
  • Who dunnit? Top tips for writing detective fiction | Children's books | The Guardian
  • The Re-Readability Factor: Does Your Book Have It? (5 Ways to Make It Happen) - Helping Writers Become Authors
  • The Broken Arc by David Corbett #AmEditing: Track Changes and Comments in Word - JeriWB Word Bank #writetip
  • #AmEditing: Track Changes and Comments in Word - JeriWB Word Bank
  • This Itch of Writing: the blog: Writing Emotion: is less more, and how do you make it real?
  • Fiction University: The Organized Writer: Making a Production and Marketing Bible
  • Publishing Without A Written Contract; Handshake Deals And Your Rights
  • Traditional Publishing, Non-Compete Clauses & Rights Grabs | The Passive Voice |
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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