Plenty of interesting blog posts and articles have crossed my screen this week – here is a selection of my favourites. I hope you find them as useful as I did. ~ Flynn
How to Save Your Twitter Profile from the Algorithm by Drew Chial
A must-read for every Twitter user.
“On March 15 Twitter opted its users into the algorithmic timeline by default.” – Chial
Learn how to opt-out of the algorithmic timeline, and other ways to manage your Twitter account to retain the great Twitter experience we’re all accustomed to.
Read the Full Post Here: https://drewchialauthor.com/2016/04/25/how-to-save-your-twitter-profile-from-the-algorithm/
Author Despair – What to do When You Feel Like All is Lost by Kristen Lamb
“…there are some dark places all writers go, but since we are ashamed to feel these things, we rarely fess up to feeling them and so they remain in the dark. Thus we remain in the dark and sink ever deeper.”
“We sink deeper and deeper and deeper never realizing we’re doing it to ourselves.
What I’d like to do today is to tell you, “You are not alone.” I feel this stuff too.” – Lamb
How to Share Your Protagonist’s Deepest Feelings with Readers by Angela Ackerman
“As writers know, the goal of any book is to make the reader FEEL. We want them to empathize with our characters, feel pulled in by the events and become immersed in the story. When a reader’s experience is emotional, it becomes meaningful, transcending mere entertainment.” – Ackerman
Branding 101 for Authors: What You Need to Know by Rachel Thompson
“Today I want to discuss a basic concept that seems to confuse most authors: branding. Branding sounds like one of those scary, nebulous marketing terms that threatens to suck out your soul or turn you into The Borg. It’s not.” – Thompson
One Major Pitfall of Writing Strong Characters by K M Weiland
“Writing strong characters should be one of your major goals for any type of story. But what exactly is a strong character?” – Weiland
10 Authors Who Write Great Dialogue by Meredith Borders
“Dialogue is a tricky beast. There are so many writers who can craft stunning descriptive passages, entirely believable characters and heart-pounding action sequences, but whose dialogue falls flat and pale. Here are ten authors who can create a conversation that crackles.” – Borders
Read the Full Article: https://litreactor.com/columns/top-10-authors-who-write-great-dialogue
Subtext: Creating Layered Characters by Jami Gold
“I’ve written many times about how much I love subtext, the stuff that happens between the lines. We often hear that subtext is what’s not said, but that can imply that subtext is limited to dialogue.
In fact, subtext lurks in many aspects of our stories. The messages readers get from our writing aren’t always explicitly stated—in dialogue or otherwise.” – Gold
Read the Full Post Here: http://jamigold.com/2016/04/subtext-creating-layered-characters/
Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips from Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin via A Not So Jaded Life
A series of great tips from George R R Martin, useful for all fantasy writers.