);

Kristen Lamb

Author's posts

Do Some People Lack the Talent to be a Successful Author?

Stephen King equates talent to a vein of gold in a mine. One has to do the hard work of digging for the ore, refining, etc. (the nasty work most people don’t want to do). He says if you spend an hour and a half a day writing for ten years, at the end of ten years, you’ll be a pretty good writer. Just as if you spent an hour and a half a day digging, mining, and refining ore, you’d eventually have decent stockpile of gold.

Motive: The Key to Writing Stories Readers Can’t Put Down

Motivation points out where a character is most likely to trip, but also highlights the direction the character needs to grow. It’s this additional psychological layering that can make even a simple story deceptively complex. Like stepping into a puddle and falling into the center of the Earth.

Characters: Audiences Read Stories, but Great Stories Read the Audience

Characters are critical for stories that resonate. Why? Because characters are the conduit that connects the reader, that vests them in the events. We can’t empathize with technology, spaceships, magic, or nuclear submarines. Humans can’t bond emotionally to a place (without the characters as the connection). For instance, we CARE about Lord of the Rings’ …

Continue reading

Branding & The Brain: How Social Media Changes but People Never Will

branding, brands, author brands, author branding, Kristen Lamb

Branding is very different in the digital age, namely because we are incessantly bombarded with ads and marketing. We’re ‘pitched to’ more than any other time in human history. That’s why our overloaded brains have developed clever shortcuts. Most ads we literally NEVER SEE. How can we change this? How can writers cultivate an audience in a world where people are ‘marketing blind’? The answer is simpler than one might think.

Thirteen Reasons Writers are Mistaken for Serial Killers

I believe somewhere at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, there’s a caveat for the profilers. If they think they’ve profiled a serial killer, they need to stop and double-check to make certain they didn’t just find a writer.

Hint: Check for empty Starbuck’s cups and candy wrappers.