As some of you may be aware, I have begun writing a weekly newsletter focused on writing. I won’t be writing as much about writing here at Blogging Through The Fire. The Candid Writer is and always will be free and without ads. I love to write about writing, and it’s a chance for me to share a bit of the knowledge others have graciously shared with me.
Consider signing up for the newsletter if you enjoy writing, or if writing a novel is on your bucket list. Thanks to everyone who has already signed up – I have more subscribers to The Candid Writer than to my blog! Would you share the newsletter with a writing friend?
Next week I’m featuring interviews with 3 successful self-published writers – true self-published authors (not those who had enormous audiences from traditional publishing and then self-published). Want to know what they felt was the best use of their marketing time? Which tools they found most useful. Stay tuned. I’m starting a regular monthly give-away next week exclusively for Candid Writer subscribers. Who doesn’t love free?
Here’s what you’ve been missing from the Candid Writer:
The reverberations of the pub war have been heard – again. Perhaps you heard the canons as each side volleyed shots at one another. Lots of bang, lots of smoke – but no movement on either side.
The same tricks and skills used to interview a source for an article are the same tricks you would use to interview someone to help with research. So, here are my top 6 tips.
Is the pen mightier than the sword? Two viral video stories have made me wonder about the power of social media for writers, the influence we have, and the accountability we owe to our readers.
Can you boil down the main focus and theme of your story to 6-15 words that conveys high concept vision and have people excited to hear more? That’s what a logline does. Well…a good one anyway.
Some examples of loglines from bestselling books and popular movies:
- Three are dead. I am number four. – from I Am Number Four
- Rocky meets Transformers. – from Real Steel
- Sometimes it’s about living life one letter at a time. – from P.S. I Love You
- Behind every great love is a great story. – from The Notebook
- One of them is lying. So is the other one. – from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
- Finding your inner princess can be such a royal pain. – from The Prince & Me
- Love is never ugly. – from Beastly
- The undead can really screw up your senior year. – from Jessica’s Guide To Dating On The Dark Side
- May the odds be ever in your favor. – tell me you know this one!
- Kill one, save a thousand. – from Wanted
- When you can live forever, what do you live for? – from Twilight
So – here’s my challenge. Willing to share your logline? Don’t be shy!
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