Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beginnings made simple

Writing Great Story Beginnings: The beginning is the most important part of your story in terms of getting published. Here are tips on writing story beginnings that will hook readers (and editors) and make them want to read more. Please go here to get the scoop: 

Here is most of the enchilada from: Creative Writing Now: 
Hooking your reader
How can you capture the reader's attention right away? Here are some strategies to consider:
               Make the reader wonder about something. For example, let's say you mention that your character is terrified of going to school that day, but you don't say why (yet). The missing information raises a question in the reader's mind and provokes curiosity. The reader will want to read on to find an answer to the question.
               Start with a problem or conflict. This could be a small problem; for example, your character is about to miss her bus home. Even a small problem gives your main character something to do and creates some activity and momentum right away.
               Start at an exciting point in the story. Don't be afraid to start your story right in the middle of the action. But provide enough clues to orient your readers and make sure they can follow what's happening.
Apart from hooking the reader, your story beginning has some other tasks to accomplish. You don't have to accomplish these tasks in the very first sentence, but you should take care of them early on:
               Introduce your story's setting. Does your story take place in 5th Century China? In contemporary working-class Detroit? In a boarding school for young werewolves? If you don't let your readers know soon, they are likely to feel disoriented and confused.
               Introduce your main character. In most stories, readers care about the plot because they care about the main character. The sooner you introduce your main character, the sooner the reader can develop an emotional relationship with him or her.
               Let your reader know what kind of story it is. Is it a comedy? Horror? Realistic contemporary fiction? A fantasy with elves and fairies? The reader develops expectations about your story based on the beginning and is likely to feel disappointed -- even betrayed -- if you switch gears partway through.
Here are some common problems to watch out for as you’re revising your story beginning:
               Starting with background information. For example, sometimes inexperienced writers start out with little biographies of their main characters. These story beginnings feel a little bit like Wikipedia articles about people who don't exist. They are not very interesting to read. Don't feel like you have to provide all of the information upfront. You can start your story with a scene or action and gradually weave in background details when/if they become necessary for the reader's understanding.
               Starting too early in the story. If your story seems to take a long time to get interesting, consider starting right at the interesting point. You might have to lop off a few pages. Don't feel bad about throwing away part of your draft -- those pages you throw away are not wasted work. They are part of a necessary process of exploration that showed you where your story has to go.
               Starting a different story. The creative process often leads writers down unexpected paths. You start out with a certain story in mind then are surprised at where it leads. As a result, the story's beginning (even if it seemed perfect when you wrote it) may not be an ideal fit with the rest of the story. When that happens, ask yourself -- which version of the story do you like better? The version you started out writing? Or the version you ended up with? Based on your answer to this question, you know which part of the story you have to rewrite.
Great story beginnings
Below are a few examples of great story beginnings written by our Twitter followers. Look out how each of them sets up a scene and a problem in just a few words. Do they make you want to keep reading?
               (by @maryannestahl): It looked dead, but I began to back away just in case.
               (by @africanflourish): They huddle around the last bundle, listening to the cries of the baby girl wrapped inside.
               (by @UWishUWereMe666): She smiles at me. "I have no intention to punish you or break you." My hands spasm. "I plan to remake you entirely.
               (by @MarliciaF ): Alex measured the passage of time by the water dripping from the ceiling; it wouldn’t be long now.
               (by @ASingleBell): Nadika was glad to be officially alive again, but she wished she didn’t have to be alive in the king’s antechamber.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

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I hope someone lets me know what they think about this affordable book trailer offer.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

On book readings

One of the joys of writing is listening to other writers read. Last night I attended a book reading event in Sacramento by Squaw Valley Community Writers. Introductions by Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak reminded me of when I did radio and TV announcements. Beth has a show that airs at 9 am and 7 Pm. Writers that presented: Natalie Baszile, Meg Waite Clayton, Frances Dinkelspiel, Marian Palaia, and Josh Weil; all excellent. I look forward to someday attend a workshop in Squaw Valley and will start listening to Beth Ruyak when I can because I enjoy Capital Public Radio. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Don't take it to hard

On SheWrites author Garine Issas posted  ". . . THAT TIME A FAMOUS WRITER ANSWERED MY EMAIL!: GETTING ENDORSEMENTS FOR YOUR DEBUT NOVEL" An article on the rejections and successes when requesting a "blurbs." 
It is a worthwhile read; it gives helpful suggestions on how to go about getting blurbs and what not to do when it doesn't; yup, it's a balancing act. 
Glad I read it, there are people who I gave copies of the first 100 pages of my book, months ago, to get some feedback, "Oh yes, I would love to read it" they said, and then... then... then... nothing. Except for my nephew Carlo, who gave me significant and constructive comments.
Now I know I am not the only one ignored, most of all know not to take it so hard when authors I know will not give me a blurb and also how it feels when I am asked for blurbs and don't give one; ouch.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Don't you sometimes wish you could... this to all you have to do?

Right now I am doing final edits on VIRGINS as well as completing a nonfiction piece for submission. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

On competitions, from over the pond

How many of you like to enter competitions and or afraid to loose. Here is a short and good source:
"Writing competitions can be a brilliant way of getting your writing noticed, but even if you don’t win or place highly, you can STILL make writing competitions work for you.
Writing contests can create deadlines to write to; provide themes or other inspiration; or help keep you focused! Writing short stories and short film scripts can help you hone your craft; plus writing feature screenplays and TV pilots can help you understand the marketplace, which is paramount in screenwriting in particular. However, there are SO MANY writing contests out there, where should you start? It’s hard not to get bamboozled!! Which ones are “worth it”???
So, as Devon Writers’ free gift to you, we have handpicked 25 writing contests* that we feel are particularly good. We broke them down into 3 sections:
1) Writing contests and schemes we at Devon Writers have personally been involved in as judges.
2) Local writing contests that take place in Devon and The South West of England (we *are* Devon Writers, after all!).
3) Other writing competitions and schemes of note.
So you can feel confident about entering the contests in this PDF!"

Friday, December 18, 2015

Free eBook on publishing success stories.

Just want to share a notice from Authors Publish Magazine. I just downloaded it:  Free eBook: The Paid & Published Writer – 13 Stories of Publishing Success 
Have only scanned but I think it's very promising: 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

To write or . . .

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelo
Happy Holidays to all.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


About Virgins: Before recorded time, a girl escaping her clansmen runs into an Archangel's earthly Paradise, the highest angel sent to oversee evolution. The Archangel is commanded: “Take your Eve” but is damned to be a Sylph for eternity. Their names become AYEKAH (the almighty's lament: "What have you done.") and HAYA (Eve).  After Haya dies, Ayekah is in and out of her crypt for centuries and when other angels procreate with humans the Almighty tries to destroy the world.
In 1841 Ayekah hears voices that lead him to girls that look like Haya. From them, Ayekah has seven generations of twin daughters, one fertile the other the guide. Ayekah's angel-humans are divas trapped in a web of conflict that is at times terrifying. Ayekah protects them with The Retais, a world power, until all starts to unravel.
GERONA, Ayekah's sixth descendant, wants to defeat Ayekah, "You are damned, what you have done is evil."  SIG LIERA, protector of The Retais, plots Ayekah's destruction. Ray, one of the last twins, immersed in a research project in the jungles of Central America, refuses to heed the horror around her. While her sister Ary, besieged by nightmares, seeks help from Alex, Ray's lover, and falls in love. Just as Ray's specimen - ROLO - is about to attain sentience, Ray and ROLO disappear into the waters of a hurricane. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Duke it out or make nice?

Do you duke it out or run to make nice because fight scenes can be punchy, to say the least? 
Here is an article on Grammar Girl with good advice: How to Write a Fight Scene