Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What Ad Writers can Teach Novelists

What am I reading now? My Not So Super Sweet Life (Rachel Harris)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Escapism and time travel = win/win

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

This is the 3rd book (and ending) in the series. Here are the first two:

Another Storymakers' Class

I attended a class that looked at advice given to advertising professionals, but the presenter applied it to novel writing. I think it was brilliant!

•People attract people--what about your people attract people (readers)?
•Magic is in the verbs
•Frame line magnetism--the pause in narration or dialogue that lets the reader fill in the blank
•Create scenes using known images from other works (allusions)
•The brain is crowded, familiar images are welcome friends
•Readers ask why do I need to learn from your book
•Unpredictable word order draws contemplation
•Motives boils down to money, making a name or making a difference

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