Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere." —Erma Bombeck

What are you worried about?

Deadlines? Expenses? Reviews? Skill?

Let them go.

Meditate instead. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Clean a room.

Then decide to get somewhere.



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers." —Logan Persall Smith

This is powerful.

This means the author is strong enough to trust the reader to get the subtle implication.

And isn't that the most amazing thing?


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." —Virginia Woolf

Money to pay the bills and a quiet place to work, that's what I read  here. And while a lot of writers (male and female) need to have day jobs to make this happen, I'm constantly impressed with their commitment to do just that.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin." —Karl Krause

Here's my take on this concept: taking a cliche and turning into something fresh.

An example:

Cliche: The killer stared coldly at his victim, ice running through his veins.

Fresh: The killer looked at his victim and saw his father standing over him with a switch.

Fresher: The killer felt the rush running through him. It didn't quite take away the pain, but the momentary flush of his memories set him free.

Build on this. What takes a common prostitute of words and turns them into something virginal? It has a little to do with Deep POV, I think.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Importance of a Title

When I go to the Menu button for my television cable service, the first thing I see as I scroll through the schedule are titles. Usually I'm looking for a movie to watch.

If I see a title that intrigues me I can get more information.

But only...

IF I SEE A TITLE THAT INTRIGUES ME.

With the cable menu program, there's not even a cover that can enhance the intrigue.

Titles are important.

I read recently that some research indicated many readers responded with interest to the word SECRET in a title. I immediately began second guessing the working title of my newest manuscript where arson plays a huge role, FLAME GAME. I couldn't come up with anything that didn't sound like someone having an affair.

Are there words that catch your attention?

I think for me they might be DEATH, MURDER, LIES

or, since I've published three books: RED TIDE, MISSINGS, SACRIFICE.

But seriously, are there words in a title that make you look at the description? Does it depend on genre? Curious minds want to know.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom for Writers and Those Who Love Them

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." —Henry David Thoreau


Thoreau's statement put me in mind of one of the most amazing things I've read recently:




"We must always take sides." This could haunt me. Especially when it's appended with "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim."

When you sit down to write, make sure you've stood up to live. 


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Chillers and Thrillers for October

I just finished reading The List by J.A. Konrath. This book sucked up a lot of time today, but I don't feel bad in the least. Well worth it. No woo-woo, but a lot of science. Very cool. And scary.

And before that I read Eerie by Blake and Jordan Crouch. You think it might be woo-woo, but then it isn't, but then again...

Both of these stories engaged me. After all, it's the month to be frightened.

Are there books that scream October to you?



It's all better with friends.