Quote of the day
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.
~BRENÉ BROWN, author of The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
- Anatomy of a Best-selling story 3–Opposition, Kristen Lamb’s Blog | Tweet
Conflict is the core ingredient to fiction, even literary fiction. Yes, we can break rules, but we must understand them first. Conflict in any novel can have many faces and often you will hear this referred to as the antagonist.
→Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
- The other senses, Moody writing | Tweet
When writing a story, using the senses to make scenes more vivid and visceral is simple and obvious advice. You want the reader to feel like they’re right there with the characters, experiencing what they’re experiencing.
→The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression
- 3 Act Structure: How building a framework helps organize a story, Jody Hedlund | Tweet
I realized that one of the most helpful tools for organizing any story is the 3 Act Structure which has been used in classic writing and has also been adapted by modern screenwriters. Here’s my summary of what the Acts contain.
→Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)
- Agonizing over antagonists, Writer Unboxed | Tweet
Like most writers, I keep a backlog of story ideas that I revisit from time to time, trying to decide what to write next.In doing so, I found an area where my ideas consistently fell short: most of the ideas did not have a clear antagonist.
→Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel
- Incorporating someone you know into your novel, Jane Friedman | Tweet
Whether or not you believe in that old cliche “Write what you know,” most fiction writers at one time or another are led to create characters who aren’t really fictional at all, but based on someone they know or have studied.
→Writing What You Know: Realia
- Using twitter to gain exposure as a writer, Writers Helping Writers | Tweet
No matter what type of writer you are – a fledgling just starting out; self-published; indie published; repped or unrepped; or those who’ve beaten the odds and stepped over the line into traditional publishing – you know just how important exposure to the industry is to find success.
→Twitter for Writers (Writer’s Craft)
- Updating your ebook after publication, The Book Designer | Tweet
Do you issue updates on your ebooks? What’s an ebook update? It’s when you’ve made minor corrections, additions, or deletions to an ebook that’s already been published, and you then update the file so that anyone who has purchased it can get the new version for free.
→Kindle Publishing Success Blueprint: The Ultimate Amazon Self-Publishing Guide For Beginners
- Sell more books overseas: Getting reviews on International Amazon Sites, Author Marketing Experts | Tweet
Getting international sales is always an important part of an author’s campaign but selling overseas can be tricky. The good news is: Amazon is everywhere.
- The psychology of the self-appointed genius, Priceonomics | Tweet
There’s nothing wrong with thinking that you’re smart. You probably are pretty smart, and we commend your healthy esteem and belief in yourself. But healthy self esteem has its limits.
→The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Ever notice how some people just seemingly have a bright outlook on life — even when everything isn’t exactly on the sunny side?
→Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
- How to create social media images that connect with your audience, Social Media Examiner | Tweet
Are you sharing visual content on social media? Do your images stand out? Creating and curating clever visual content can engage your audience on a personal level.
→The Guide to Social Media Images for Business: How to Produce Photos, Pictures,