Reblog: Lessons From a Victorian-Era Cat Dictionary

Ever wondered what your cat was saying? If you have, this article by Carla Giaimo at Atlas Obscura might shed some light on the matter – at least if your cat is from the Victorian Era (and with those nine lives who knows, right?) – so go ahead, check it out:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cat-dictionary-lessons-pussy-and-her-language

 

Reblog: 6 signs your novel may be pretty damn good

This week’s reblog (the first in quite awhile) comes from Damien Walter, and has some advice on what makes a story attractive to readers – while this advice probably won’t let you write a best seller, it’s definitely something to keep in mind when you plan your story (and maybe more importantly – pitch and blurb it!)

Damien Walter

Why do readers love some novels, but not others? Often we do hand wavy gestures at this kind of question, while intoning the magic word “subjective subjective subjective”. Yes, different people like different things. But there are a few qualities which many, many popular stories have in common.

There are six core qualities for a strong commercial novel, which I use as signs that a novel might be pretty damn good! I can’t guarantee that every writer, editor or publishing professional knows these, but I can say that if your aim is to create popular stories that reach a wide readership, hitting these markers certainly won’t hurt.

If you find these useful, take a look at The Rhetoric of Story, a short course exploring the 7 foundations of powerful immersive storytelling. Turn to Page 2 below to see the first 3 signs.

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