New Writing Wednesday, couple of cool links and some useful stuff too.
Before I begin, this week IndieReCon is going on. Don’t forget to drop by there for some cool chats, vids and articles!
How the creator of ‘Vampire Diaries’ used Kindle Worlds to get back at her publisher -> A few years back, the author of the Vampire Diaries was told: “Thanks for all the writing, we’re now gonne use a different writer. Bye.” The author, who had been writing on the series for a long time, was , understandably, upset. She now got her revenge by becoming a best seller in Kindle Worlds, Amazon’s fan fiction imprint. Fans really like her original ending to the series apparently.
The Reader’s Ever Changing Hard Limits -> Great article on why readers sometimes don’t agree with what you write, even if they would accept something similar from another author or story. Great read!
A Brain Scientist’s Take on Bad Reviews -> Bad reviews, they hurt. A cool article on how writing is like telepathy and that not everyone makes the same connections.
Yeah, Verily: Beware These Often Confused Words -> Write well and know what you’re actually writing down. Always handy to have lists like these.
Do You Really Need a Blog Tour to Promote your Book? Are They Worth it? Seriously? -> Great article about the use of blog tours, why they are used and how you can use them to your advantage! There will be a post about how to do blog tours on this blog soon, I’m collecting a few last bits and bobs before I can finish it and make it go live.
Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago -> Story shapes are cool! They’re also really easy to remember when you’re writing, to make sure you’re on the right track! (though it depends on the type of Cinderella story if she ever really achieves unlimited happiness… but that is a story for some other time.)
Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels Explained -> A great and upbeat clip about why romance novels are seen as “bad literature”. Let’s just say, it has a lot to do with making people think. No matter if you like or hate the romance genre, this is a great watch and might make you wonder about why you think about the genre the way you do.
A to Z Challenge!! -> I haven’t participated in this before and it seems a lot more lively than the Holidailies. In the month of April you write 26 posts al about one letter of the alphabeth. Sounds great, I might do it but I’m not sure yet. I really like ways to connect with other readers and authors and this seems like a great opportunity.
And that was it! Don’t forget to check out the IndieReCon this week!