Seven Links Traci Kenworth

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Seven Links…6/15/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/06/should-you-write-dreck.html “This query comes out of a post by Mr. Joe Konrath. He was, most of you will remember, one of the earliest and most enthusiastic adopters of self-publishing. He was also a prolific blogger, and not one to shy away from a strong opinion. Then, a couple of years ago, he went silent. Now he’s back, and clearly he’s lost none of his verve, as evidenced by his post On Writing S*** (this being a family blog, I have made a slight edit to the title).”

2. https://jamigold.com/2015/01/needs-goals-and-relating-to-characters/ “When we first start learning about writing, we’re often faced with a whole new language. Words like “beats,” “tension,” and “conflict” take on new meaning within the writing world.

beat is no longer just an aspect of music. Tension isn’t just about your shoulders hunching with stress. And conflict isn’t just about people yelling in each other’s faces.

We struggle with other writing-related words because the meaning changes with the context. Do we mean “blurb,” as in a quote from another author to place on a cover (“Don’t miss this spellbinding tale!”—Jane Doe, Bestselling Author of Major Book)? Or do we mean “blurb,” as in the back-cover (or product) description of a book? Sometimes, only context can tell us. *smile*

Such it is with the words “needs” and “goals.” We know what those words mean outside of the writing world: Sometimes, I need to eat unhealthy amounts of chocolate, and some days, my only goal is to survive the day. See? Easy.

But once we enter the writing world, those words become infused with extra meanings related to plots and character arcs. Yet at first glance, we might not understand how those concepts differ and what that difference means for our stories.” Goals and needs are important. Read this article by Jami Gold over on Writers Helping Writers.

3. https://romanceuniversity.org/2019/06/11/3-reasons-you-should-use-timestamps-in-your-novel/ “A timestamp is located at the beginning of a chapter and keys the reader in on how much time has elapsed since the previous chapter. Here’s a screenshot from The Fourth Monkey:”

4. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/06/voices-lost-and-found-plus-two-new-writing-tricks.html “Recently, a wonderful, unexpected opportunity came my way.

My pal, Susan Purvis, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the St. Eugene Writers Conference near Cranbrook, British Columbia. She invited me to tag along and share the hotel room the organizers had graciously provided for her.” I’ve never heard what you put your character through, the “crucible,” but I suppose that’s an apt description.

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Research & Fun Bits:

1. https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-7-june-2019/ “Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …”

2. https://stevelaube.com/barnes-noble-sold/ “In breaking news on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal announced that a hedge fund called Elliott Management Corp is the winner of an auction to acquire the bookseller chain Barnes & Noble. (Earlier this year, in April, Elliott Management also bought a controlling interest in Waterstones, which is a 281-store chain based in the UK.)

News later confirmed that the purchase price will be $683 million for their 600+ locations. This includes assuming their $200-million debt. In addition, James Daunt, founder of Daunt Books and CEO of Waterstones, will take over management of Barnes & Noble.

In a letter to the company chairman and founder Len Riggio wrote:”

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Some Things More Serious:

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Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

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