[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The first sentence of your book is to convince readers that they have to read the second. -Eric Simonoff. [/perfectpullquote]
Knowing how to get inspired to write quickly will help you rediscover your creative spark when you feel stuck. Here are 8 ways to reconnect with your storytelling gift.
Voice and vision
A prefix is added in front of a word or a root to create a new word. By adding a prefix, you enhance or change its meaning.
When we develop characters, we know the drill. You must know what your character wants. But as I’ve worked on my current novel, I wasn’t getting to the heart of the character the way I wanted. So, I switched up the wording and asked, “What does this character yearn for?”
When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound.
The emotion thesaurus
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The simple fact is an unfinished script is nothing but potential. And nothing but potential is… nothing.
Just as we require Night to help define Day, and Evil to shape our perception of Good, so too Death to understand Life.
Screenwriting is and art and a craft, but it is also a profession – one that takes newcomers a while to get the hang of. Fortunately, there are a lot of good folks out there willing to help and guide and mentor up-and-comers. Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-good folks out there looking to take advantage of aspirants’ naïveté and inexperience.
That’s because the best true crime stories capture all aspects of a criminal, not just the ones we normally associate with predators or psychopaths. Very often, the best true crime stories illicit sympathy for a criminal’s origins, or, at least an understanding of how and why they committed their crimes. I mean, as Norman Bates famously once said in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho: “We all go a little crazy sometimes.”
It’s funny to me that the biz is filled with individuals who purport themselves to be “open minded”; yet, when it comes to the art of storytelling, they’re the most close-minded formula freaks you’ll ever meet.
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You’ve heard it a million times (or at least several hundred times): Indie authors need to use social media as part of their online marketing strategy.
The giveaway page is divided up into three tabs: Ending soon; Most Requested, Popular Authors, and Recently Listed. The idea is to be in one or both of those categories.
An author’s online presence is more critical than ever to long-term marketing strategy.
Because its competitors are totally inept!
If an Amazon giveaway reaches new readers, it might be worthwhile, so I decided to test it.
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