So what are you looking for when a reader picks up your book? Here's a comprehensive list (only slightly tongue-in-cheek) of ten different reactions that you really want to hear from your readers ... everything from "the earth moved" to inspiration for the reader to go out and try their own hand at writing!
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4. "5 Lies You've Been Told About Marketing to Millennials" on iMedia Connection (Greg Kihlstrom)
Those of us born between (roughly) the 1980s and the 2000s are considered millennials, and lately, a lot of marketing talk has been about how to cater to that specific age group. We're the up and coming generation, the young professionals, and what appealed to the baby boomers of a previous generation won't always work with us. Still, too many companies have bought in to five lies about marketing to millennials that have to be corrected. See if you've somehow internalized one of these falsehoods, too.
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3. "Research Suggests That Neuroticism Could Lead to Greater Creativity" on Virgin.com (Natalie Clarkson)
If your temperament runs to intensity, obsessive thoughts, anxiety, even to the point of being called neurotic (like, okay, yours truly) ... don't worry about it, work with it. It's possible that your temperament also lends itself to being more creative than others. Check out this brief but insightful article to find out more.
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2. "What Defines Writing Success?" on BookDaily.com (Melissa Eskue Ousley)
There are many ways to define success: a certain amount of money, a certain degree of prestige or power, happiness, and more. How do you, personally, define success for yourself in your writing? What's the benchmark --- that literal, concrete result --- toward which you're working, the one that you'll reach and know without a doubt that you've achieved writing success?
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1. "11 Writers Share Their Writing Inspiration" on Now Novel (Martha Alderson)
Personally, I enjoy taking a five-minute break from the daily grind to reread what inspires other writers. You never know what you, too, might find motivational. This post includes creative input from Elizabeth Spann Craig, C.S. Lakin, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and eight others. I hope you'll find even one tidbit to take away.
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What inspires you to write? What goal do you work toward in your writing that will define success for you? Do you have a neurotic temperament, and do you find that you're more creative as a result?