Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre in SFF

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Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre in SFF – July 3, 2021 at 11AM EST Primary or 'commercial' genres like Sci Fi and Fantasy set important worldbuilding guidelines and expectations for writers, but secondary genres -- also called 'content' or internal genre -- are another vital tool for developing vivid and complex stories. Identifying and developing secondary genre(s) can help writers better understand how genre communicates expectations to readers.SFF contains scores of subgenre categories, which often use secondary genre aspects to carve out specific reader niches. These subgenres are defined by expectations and obligatory tropes, secondary genre aspects that can include scenes, relationships or other aspects, that need to be addressed to satisfy and draw in readers from a particular subgenre.Identifying and Developing Secondary Genre will be a discussion around how…
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Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion

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Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion - July 3, 2021 at 11AM EST Plot is the external series of events that happen to your character. Story is what happens inside your character's mind as they react to events and grow to meet the challenges they face in the plot. To create a truly powerful story, you need to understand how these two elements interact with each other and how to balance them. Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion will be a discussion with four excellent authors about how they balance plot and story when building their books. They'll also discuss the nuances of balancing plot and story in individual scenes, with a focus on action scenes. The Moderator Steve Savage writes extensively on how people can leverage their…
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Storycrafting Sessions: Exploring Story Structure FULL SCHEDULE

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The time has come to unveil the full schedule for the Exploring Story Structure event in July! You'll find the details of all of the panels below, but first, an announcement! Announcing our Sponsor: Renaissance Press This Storycrafting Session is now sponsored by Renaissance Press! We are thrilled to be working with this Canadian publisher to bring accessible education to writers all over the globe. Thanks to this partnership, live captioning will be available at this event! Visit Renaissance today! Schedule This one-day conference will take place on July 3, 2021. All times are listed in EST. Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion Moderated by Steven Savage Featuring Cait Gordon, Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, Jenn Gott One of the most difficult aspects of pacing a fiction project is balancing…
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Weeknight Writers Logo Reveal + Merch Store!

Weeknight Writers Logo Reveal + Merch Store!

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The Weeknight Writers group is a social enterprise dedicated to providing accessible educational and community resources for writers. We hosted our first virtual writing conference in 2020. In 2021, we switched to hosting quarterly events on specific topics, starting with a worldbuilding event in February 2021. I've loved every moment of building this community, and today I'm excited to announce the Weeknight Writers' next steps! Starting with our beautiful new logo: Weeknight Writers Logo - Color Funds for this logo were raised through Ko-fi contributions during the last event, so a big thank you to everyone in the community who contributed! I also want to say thank you to Mato Steger for creating this awesome logo. If you need graphic design work done, be sure to check out Mato's site.…
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How to Sell Books on Twitter with #IndieApril

How to Sell Books on Twitter with #IndieApril

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Spring has arrived in most of the northern hemisphere, and with it comes an exciting event for indie authors: #IndieApril. In this guide, I'll explain how to make the most of this month-long Twitter celebration of indie authors. We'll explore: The concept behind #IndieAprilTwo ways to participate in #IndieAprilBest practices for pitching your book during #IndieApril (and on Twitter in general) By the time you're finished reading, you'll be ready to get on Twitter and start pitching your book! What is #IndieApril? #IndieApril is a month-long event where people commit to buying, reading and sharing indie books on Twitter. The first one started with a single thread in 2019 and quickly ballooned to one of the most popular Twitter events I've seen in the publishing community. Indie authors, reviewers, and…
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Recovering from Burnout

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March officially marks one year of the pandemic. Unless you're lucky enough to live in a country that took the danger seriously at the beginning, that means you, like me, have spent most of the past year in isolation. Visits with friends and family, classes outside of the house, restaurant patios, all of these things are dangerous and, in many cases, illegal. I, like many writers, am pretty introverted. Before the pandemic, I went out to socialize a couple of times per month at most. I also already worked from home. My day-to-day life didn't change much when we went into lockdown. For a while, my mental health didn't either. But introversion does not equal immunity from isolation. After a year without seeing most of my friends or family, of…
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How to Create an Author FAQ

How to Create an Author FAQ

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One of the best ways to expand both your network and four following is to participate in author interviews. For a group of people who tend to be heavily introverted, however, this can also be an enormously difficult task. This guide will show you how to create an author FAQ in preparation for your first interviews. An author FAQ is pretty much what it sounds like: a document that answers some of the most commonly asked interview questions. You can pull these from previous interviews you've done, but I've also compiled a list in this article for authors who haven't been interviewed yet. This guide will walk you through the benefits of having an author FAQ, the questions you should include, and how to use your author FAQ. The benefits…
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Panelist Announcements for the Worldbuilding Deep Dive Conference!

Panelist Announcements for the Worldbuilding Deep Dive Conference!

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The Storycrafting Sessions: Worldbuilding Deep Dive hosted by the Weeknight Writers is fast approaching, and it's time to introduce more of our amazing panelists! Panelist announcements Today we're announcing the full lineup for two of our panels: Building Fictional Religions: Mythology and Ritual - Moderator: Dianna Gunn Panelists: Mary Kit Caelsto, Dan Fitzgerald, and Leigh M Lorien Accessibility in Worldbuilding: Understanding How Disabled People Move Through Your World Moderator: Cait Gordon Panelists: Dianna Gunn, Mary Kit Caelsto, Stephen Graham King, and Sarah Chorn Check out the panelists' bios below! Dianna Gunn Moderator of Building Fictional Religions: Mythology and Ritual Panelist on Accessibility in Worldbuilding: Understanding How Disabled People Move Through Your World Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other…
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How to Create a Newsletter Landing Page

How to Create a Newsletter Landing Page

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Over the past two weeks, you’ve solidified your email marketing plan. You know what kinds of content you want to share and how often you’ll send them to subscribers. You even have some idea of how you’re going to market the newsletter. With these things in place, it’s time to create your first newsletter landing page. In this guide, I will show you: What a landing page isHow to make a successful newsletter landing pageTools you can use to create a landing page with zero knowledge of code Let’s dive into it! What is a landing page? A landing page is a web page that is wholly devoted to marketing one product or service. There are no links to other pages, and any mention of other products/services exists only to…
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Worldbuilding Deep Dive Moderators Announced + Final Panel Schedule!

Worldbuilding Deep Dive Moderators Announced + Final Panel Schedule!

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The official schedule for Infinite Horizons Storycrafting Sessions: Worldbuilding Deep Dive is here! Plus, meet the moderators and some of our awesome panelists! Remember, the event is February 20th! Moderators Dianna Gunn Moderator of: Building Fictional Religions: Mythology and Ritual Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other things. She is dedicated to helping other indie authors navigate the complex world of business and marketing. To accomplish this, she published her first workbook, Branding for Fiction Authors, in 2019. In 2021, Gunn launched the Author Marketing Club, a 100% free educational initiative for authors overwhelmed by marketing. She is also the founder of the Weeknight Writers group and main event organizer. You can buy Dianna Gunn's workbooks for authors and…
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