The Funnily Enough
Follow
Find
34.8K views | +10 today
The Funnily Enough
The whole world of writing in one place
Curated by mooderino
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

The Drama Bomb – Drop it!

The Drama Bomb – Drop it! | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Let’s first ask ourselves why we read fiction? For a vicarious kick, to get what we usually avoid in our lives: DRAMA.

 

When we say a story was good drama, that means we got a lot of entertaining tension and conflict.

 

Tension and conflict, what’s the difference?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

What Will Make An Agent Gong Your Pages

What Will Make An Agent Gong Your Pages | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

This past weekend I attended the DFW Writer's Conference. And one of the most entertaining sessions of that conference is the Gong show. They did it last year and I wrote a post on it here. So I thought I'd do the same thing again since I think it's a really helpful exercise.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Structure of a Scene, Part One – Scene & Sequel

One of the awesomely cool things about taking an online writing course is the fun new ways you learn about old techniques. I love it when something you already know clicks in your head because now you fully understand the concept. And you can point out what you’ve learned in every published book you read.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Writing Characters Worth Reading

Writing Characters Worth Reading | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Characters are the key to your story. You want readers to connect with your main characters as quickly as possible. They should be able to see them, know them and be interested in them.

 

If you want the character to really make a strong first impression you need to find a way to get under the reader’s skin. How do you do that?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Other Ways to Vary Sentences: Different Beginnings

We have discussed sentences as to types, combinations, and usage to offer a variety in writing. Now, let's look at another way to have assorted sentences to help keep the reader's interest: using diverse sentence beginnings.


Several ways exist to create a diversity for sentence starts, each which shouldn't be used regularly enough to become a pattern in paragraphs and series of paragraphs. Remember we want variety in order to retain interest.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

In Order To Solve The Problem, Become The Problem

In Order To Solve The Problem, Become The Problem | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

When we are trying to generate ideas in order to solve a problem, whether through anti-conventional thinking, brainstorming or another method, we typically distance ourselves slightly from the problem. We look for ideas on how to improve our company’s product, how to deliver better customer service, how to cut costs or alternative business models. In all of these cases, we separate ourselves from the problem and, by doing so, we potentially limit our understanding of the problem.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Self-Publishing

So now you are either self-publishing or thinking about self-publishing.

 

Yes, welcome to the world of everybody.

 

I have a question for you. Do you actually want to make some money at it?

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

The Power of Surprise in Fiction Writing

The Power of Surprise in Fiction Writing | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

I saw a very interesting article recently on the excellent Editor's Blog by Beth Hill.

 

In her post titled Include Surprises in Your Stories, Beth reminds fiction writers of the importance of surprising their readers, to keep them interested in their story and avoid boring them.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

The Truth About The Price Of Books

The Truth About The Price Of Books | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of talk about whether books are priced fairly. Ebooks especially get a lot of flak for being .99c or free.

 

Various arguments are made for paying a fair price, not flooding the market, quality control. A popular one is that people value things based on how much they pay for them.

 

The truth is all this fretting has nothing to do with money. It’s got to do with how you feel about yourself as a writer. It’s got to do with how you think other’s see you. It’s got to do with being valued as a person, and worrying that you're not.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

3 Simple Decision-Making Tools

3 Simple Decision-Making Tools | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

“While it is easy to think-up why we like or don’t like something, we don’t usually think about it from the perspective of what is interesting about the idea.”

 

We make decisions all the time. Big ones, small ones, easy and tough. Making the right choice can be obvious, and sometimes it requires time invested in thought. Luckily we have simple tools to help.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

7 editing questions to make work sparkle

7 editing questions to make work sparkle | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Writers rarely like to revise, but revision is a reality of the writing process—and more important than the initial draft. Without revision, you can’t realize the true potential of the story you envisioned, and it will likely never be published. Here are seven self-editing questions to ask as you begin revising your short story or novel:

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Four Tricks to Writing Great Romances

Four Tricks to Writing Great Romances | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

I adore a good love story and abhor a bad one, but what makes a love story good or bad? Lots of things help - quality writing, avoiding cheesy lines, not having stupid characters who screw their lives up for the sake of drama.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Expressing Thought-Reactions in Fiction

Expressing Thought-Reactions in Fiction | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

How do you express thoughts and inner reactions in fiction? Thoughts, like dialogue, need to drive the story forward and sound natural and appropriate for both the thinker and the situation.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

What Does Your Story Feel Like?

The story’s written, and now you’re either working on rewrites or a final polish. Maybe you’re thinking about introducing your characters and their world to a few beta readers or your critique partner.

 

Before you do, why not try one more step?

 

This is not an article on craft or mechanics. Not really. It’s about vision. Or feeling. It’s about your story talking to you.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

It’s the details, writers!

It’s the details, writers! | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

An author builds a narrative with thousands of tiny details.

 

Even before a reader knows what the book is really about, it’s through the gradual accumulation of these crucial moments, objects, movements, sounds, smells and touches that the power and meaning of the story emerges.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

8 Reasons Paper Books Will Become An Endangered Species

8 Reasons Paper Books Will Become An Endangered Species | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

If you’d asked me last year whether ebooks would ever fully replace regular books, I would have told you there was no way. Both my husband and my mom insist they prefer “real” books. I’ve only seen one person in my town with an e-reader.


And then I got a Kindle for my birthday.

 

While I still don’t think paper books will ever go extinct, I do think ebooks are eventually going to put “real” books on the endangered species list.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Ken Burns: On Story

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page

Jane Friedman, e-book editor and publisher, wants to see on a novel's first page "an interesting character and the problem they face." She read a stack of opening pages aloud and told her audience at the Missouri Writers Guild conference about the red flags that tell an editor that a novel in manuscript is not yet ready to be published. She stressed that she reads at least the first 10 pages of each manuscript, but listed these as the most common first-page errors and cliches:

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Understanding Archetypes III

Understanding Archetypes III | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

This is the third installment in our exploration of Christian Vogler’s archetypes. In previous posts we have looked at the Hero, Mentor, Threshold Guardian, and Herald archetypes. In this penultimate post on the subject, we examine two more archetypes: Shapeshifter and Shadow.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

25 Ways To Earn Your Audience

25 Ways To Earn Your Audience | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

I keep noodling on the idea of how you earn — not build, necessarily, but earn — your audience as a creative type. I’m not sure I have all (or any of) the answers, but here’s a good shot at it. Note that this list isn’t meant to be a bunch of checkboxes — you don’t need to do all of these (or even any of them, beyond the first). It’s just meant to offer thoughts and options. Use what you like. Discard the rest.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Is Freeloading Via Amazon Select On The Wane?

Is Freeloading Via Amazon Select On The Wane? | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Every now and then I see someone make mention that hand-in-hand with the decline in post-free sales, free books are not being downloaded in the same numbers as they were earlier in the year.

 

Is it true? Or does it just feel that way? It's a statistical claim, so what data is the observation based on?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

What's Wrong With Books?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

The Four Types of Dramatic Tension - Part One

The Four Types of Dramatic Tension - Part One | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

We all dream of writing novels that readers can’t put down. Stories so engrossing they cause people to run into stationary objects while flipping pages; plots so compelling that perfectly sensible adults will sacrifice sleep in order to read “just one more chapter”, even if it means falling asleep on their desk at work.

 

But how?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

Focus

Imagine you've labored over this scene, and you know it's lovely, but you know something is off. Your beta readers talk about how funny this part is, and how surprising that part is, yet they seem somehow unenthusiastic. Contest feedback is positive, but the final judges never ask to see more. You don't know what's wrong, and you find yourself adding paragraphs of description or witty dialogue exchanges to try to improve the scene. You think long and hard about the worst possible thing that could happen, and you write that in. You keep adding pieces, and yet somehow, the scene does not get better.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by mooderino
Scoop.it!

5 Steps to Writing a Synopsis for your Book with as Little Pain as Possible

5 Steps to Writing a Synopsis for your Book with as Little Pain as Possible | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Agents get how hard it is to write a synopsis, and the point of one is for them to see that your story itself doesn't fall apart after the first spectacular chapter. Which means the synopsis IS important, so you should give it the time it needs to shine. And fortunately, there are ways to make the synopsis-writing a little less painful.

more...
No comment yet.