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It's clear. Writing and reading are basic tasks. We learned them since we were kids. Now, we do them every day But at the same time, if you want to improve your skills, you need somewhere to go, a goal, a guide. Inkspired has always thought about that and believes it is fundamental. That's why we have brought you two specialized guides to improve your writing and/or reading experience.

Yes, reading too. Sometimes, many people avoid reading because they think they can not concentrate, or it's boring or that they do not perform well. Many read slow. They fall asleep. They abandon stories. And their shelves dust books for days, months, years.

But the problem is not reading. Neither is the reader. But the HOW it is read. And for that, one of the secrets to enrich that experience lies in our guide. Here you will find ways to increase your performance, read faster, and activate that part of your brain that makes the faster you read, the more you understand.

In the same way, writing has its principles. Especially, fiction writing. It is very important that for a story to make sense, first we must define it, give it an order, a good plot, a good title, good characters, and a good outcome. But for this, you must know certain basic things about what it is to write as a writer and practice until you get tired. This will engage your audience.

You can find the Writer's Guide in the Online Academy section, while the Reader's Guide will be available by our Referral Program, in which all you have to do is invite 3 friends to register as new users on Inkspired using your own reference code (For example: https://getinkspired.com/en/register/?ref=your_referral_code). To obtain your code, go to the following link: https://getinkspired.com/en/dashboard/promotions/.

These guides are designed to support anyone to become a writer and/or reader and grow on Inkspired and in life.


Jackie V. Vargas

Content & Regional Manager

Inkspired Team

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How a Thriller can hook the reader

Suspense killed him...

That is exactly what Thriller is about. Is getting out of your mind to get into someone else's mind. Is to shake the chair. Make you tremble. Give you intrigue, anxiety, creeps and even the desire of never stopping. Thriller is that genre that either gets you hooked, or it's not good. It must wrap you in such a way that it makes you play with your own thoughts to try to solve something, that only the writer knows, and that he wants and doesn’t want to tell you, all at the same time. Thriller is not a WHAT, but a HOW. How the story is told. And that's why people feel hooked to it.


Patricia Highsmith, recognized author of this category, said "it is impossible to explain how to write a good book", so we will not focus on how to write this genre, but on how to generate the suspense, and keep it during the whole novel by focusing on 3 main aspects: The first page, the characters and the so-called ‘cliffhanger'.


In a Thriller’s plot, surprise is the essence. It is what drives the reader to a roller coaster of events. And page 1 is the first rise that causes a tingling in the stomach with a mixture of anxiety, emotion and nerves. The first page is almost everything. That’s why some people take a long time to write it. In a Thriller, the first part of your story may not be the beginning, nor what happened before, but quite the opposite. It may be the end, or the climax, or a resoundingly strong scene. Yes, strong. So strong to dig into the imagination of the reader and give him the need to discover the rest.


Here the author is free to do and undo as long as he does not tell everything from the beginning and leave unresolved ends. This is crucial in this kind of stories. That the nodes become unraveling, but at the same time entangling a little more. You must know what and when to tell something. What Highsmith did in the first 30 lines was to place some action, something that would concentrate the essence of what would be the rest of the book.


Then there are the characters. These are the pieces of the puzzle. They are those who will show details and hide others, without exceeding surprises. The plot must contain an argument that is not linear so the reader doesn’t get bored, so is better to use a range of characters to play with. In this way, the audience will focus their attention on everyone and try to find out who carried out the crime, who was the one who died, who is lying, or who is the good one.


This brings us to the next important point: The famous "cliffhanger”. Basically, this is the term used when a suspense novel keeps you in suspense because that is how the reader feels: On the edge of the cliff, constantly. According to the journalist Adriana Tejada Cuadrado, writer of 'La Gelba', that anxiety that you get from this kind of stories is part of a Thriller’s style. And generally, for this reason, these novels end in the craziest or most unexpected ways.


Types of Thriller y subgenres:

(By Adriana Tejada, Literup.com)

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· Psychological Thriller: It delves into the mind of the characters, in their past, traumas, fears, experiences, etc.

Example: Psychoanalyst, John Katzenbach

· Mystery Thriller: Seeks to solve the mystery of a crazy or maniac character.

Example: Wedding dress by Pierre Lemaitre

· Techno-thriller: Thriller’s suspense is combined with the elements

of science fiction.

Example: Preston & Child

· Spy thriller: A thriller of detectives and spies.

Example: A classic, James Bond.

· Military Thriller: As the name implies, it's about military.

Example: The time of the strange emperors of Ignacio del Valle.

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Contest #MicroDrama

DRAMATIZE YOURSELF


Do you like Drama, but you don’t haven’t published anything yet? Do you want to write, but you are a few words kind of person? Well, this is your chance to ‘kill two birds’ with a single pen. In this month dedicated to the Drama category, we launched a new contest in honor of this genre and micro-stories. We consider that micro-stories are currently an effective, brief and very interesting way to tell a story, especially to writers and readers who have a disperse attention.


The contest consists in writing a Drama micro-story with a maximum of 250 words.


But what is the exact definition of Drama in writing?

It is a literary genre that is based on a conflict. And this conflict could be personal, romantic, criminal, familiar, universal or even real.


The BEST MICRO-STORY - the most original, creative and interesting - will be the WINNER. And of course, it must be correctly written with good spelling and grammar.


At the same time, we will also reward the MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY, according to the 'likes' on Instagram or Facebook.


Start date: June 19, 2018

End date: July 17, 2018


How does the contest work?

1. You need to write a DRAMATIC micro-story of 250 words, máximum, and publish it in your Inkspired account.

2. Once published, you could edit your story everytime you want, until the end date.

3. The micro-story must be published as SHORT STORY in the DRAMA category.

4. You must use the hashtag #MicroDrama in the story’s description and also in the hashtags section.

5. The micro-story must have a title, your own cover, and a short description.

6. The BEST MICRO-STORY contest Will have only ONE winner, but we will have also a second and a third place. These will be announced on July 20th.

7. The winners will be chosen by the Inkspired editorial team, and the editors will focus on the story originality, the creativity, the quality and in following the contest’s bases.

8. It’s required a minimum of 15 participants for the contest to be official.

To participate in the MOST POPULAR micro story contest, you must publish your micro-story on your social network (Instagram or Facebook) and tag us (IG: @getinkspired - FB: Inkspired) with the hashtag #MicroDrama. This contest will also have a single winner, and this will be determined by the greater amount of 'likes' he or she obtains in the publication, these must be received until July 17 at 23h59EST. The winner will be announced on July 20.


Bases

1. People from any part of the world can participate, but the story must be written in English.

2. The micro-story can’t have more than 250 words, but it can have less.

3. You must be the author of your stories, we do not accept any kind of copy and there may be legal actions if this is infringed.

4. The stories do not have to be exclusive, they can be published on other platforms, but they must be yours and uploaded to Inkspired as well.

5. If you are not a current user of Inkspired and want to participate, you just have to register. It's free!

6. The micro story must have the hashtag #MicroDrama -in both the hashtag section and in the story’s description. In addition, it must have a title, a cover, and a brief description.

7. You can participate with all the micro-stories you want, as long as they are published as independent stories and not all in a single publication.

8. If you are only going to participate in the BEST MICRO-STORY contest, you do not need to upload it to the social network, but if you want to participate in the MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY contest, you must have first uploaded it to the platform.

9. Anyone who does spam will be disqualified.

10. The terms of the contest must be fulfilled. No work that comes out of this period will be accepted.

11. The stories can be edited only during the time of the contest. Once closed, no changes will be accepted, or it will be disqualified.

12. The MOST POPULAR story is determined by the amount of "Likes". The "Likes" falsification will represent disqualification without prior notice. In addition, Inkspired reserves the right to disqualify those stories that do not have the right literary quality to be the winners or that go against our community guidelines. (To participate, you must upload your micro-story in your Instagram or Facebook profile using the hashtag #MicroDrama and tag @getinkspired in the case of IG and Inkspired in the case of FB).

13. Once the winners are announced, they should write to info@getinkspired.com to coordinate the delivery of the prizes. If the winner does not respond within 15 days, the prize will be awarded to the second place.

14. You do not need to participate from the first day, you can do it when you want while the contest is open.

15. By participating in this contest, you give the rights to publish your participating micro-stories in the new format that is about to be launched.

16. Participation in this contest means that the user knows and accepts the bases of it.

17. We also have contests in other languages such as -Spanish and Portuguese-, you can see them in the contest section of each language.


PRIZES

BEST MICRO-STORY

First place: 1 cover designed exclusively by the Inkspired graphic team for any novel or story that you want to publish or that you have already published (you choose it) + the opportunity to test our new micro-stories format that is about to be released.

Second and third place: Distinctive logo on the profile and appear in our featured stories of the week.


MOST POPULAR MICRO-STORY

Winner: Free grammatical edition and correction of the participant micro-story + Repost in our social network.


How to publish a story on Inkspired?

1. Go to www.getinkspired.com

2. Register as a user (if you are not already). You can do it manually or via Facebook.

3. Click on CREATE A HISTORY

4. Choose the type of story you want to publish, in the case of the contest it must be: SHORT STORY

5. Write the title of your story and the category (in this case it would be DRAMA). The title can be edited later if you wish.

6. Write your story as a single chapter.

7. Once written click on 'save' and then 'close and go to the story’s profile’.

8. Here you can add the hashtag #MicroDrama, the description, the cover and the language. Remember that the hashtag must go both in the hashtag section and in the description.

9. Then you will have to go down to where your chapter’s title is and click on the button that says 'Draft' and change it to 'Published'.

10. You can see a video tutorial on how to post here: https://getinkspired.com/faq/ -but it is in spanish.

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#WritingTips - What Drama pretends to create

Photo: Definition.de


Drama is what makes a conflict, beautiful. This is what gives it value. Most writers have that dramatic blood flowing through their body, but some prefer to use it, and others don't. This is one of the oldest and most classic genres of all times, and since then it has connected directly with readers, with their deepest fears, or their darkest thoughts. And that should be your main goal as a writer if you decide to create a novel or a dramatic story: To connect with your audience's emotions. 


Drama is life itself. It represents, in some way, the transcendence of black, sad or painful moments, and their way of being inevitable. As a dramatic writer, whether fiction or non-fiction, your closest goals should be the following:


1) To make a problem bigger. A good drama is a good conflict. But that does not mean that the more serious the problem, the better it is. The conflict must come from something captivating, from a real fact that causes a commotion or a fiction problem, that touches the reader.


2) "Touch" the reader and let him imagine the rest. The key is to make the reader relate to the story. Once created this link, it will be difficult for him to lose interest, and less if you must let him put the pieces together to discover what would happen.


3) Do not tell everything. Although you know it, there is no need to say everything. Suspense, intrigue, expectation and uncertainty are part of a good novel in this category. Let your goal be to encourage it, but do not abuse it either.


4) Feel everything. Everything, -how much and how- you write. Nothing better than a dramatic writing that really feels like it.


5) Dramatize. Give more strength and intensity to each fact. For example, it is not the same to say: "He broke my heart", that "he stole my heart and suffocated it until death".


6) Use the themes that go best with your style, but in Drama, lack of love and especially, death, never fail.

7) Give your characters goals or desires.  Your characters should have things that they seek to achieve, but they encounter difficulties on the road.


* In literature, Drama is a fiction composition, in verse or prose, about life, a character or a story that involves conflict and dialogue and is typically designed for theater (Definition: Merriam Webster dictionary). However, there are some written novels that are not taken to a theater, which revolve around a conflict that does not pretend to make the reader laugh. In addition, there is also Drama in the movies, television or radio, which has the same intention.


Examples of drama books: Under the same star, by John Green / Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare / One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez / Farenheit 451, Rad Bradbury 

Drama recommendations published on Inkspired: No sueltes mi mano, Mariano Villar @mariano-villar93 / Una historia, Andrés Amaranto Mercado @grebel / Garotas bonitas, Camy @camy / Dulce Sueño, Emilia Pardo Bazán




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