Tag Archives: information

How to Connect With Your Readers

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

The writer-reader connection is delicate.

Possibly one of the biggest challenges new writers face is figuring out how to create a bond between themselves and people they may never meet face-to-face.

How do you connect with someone in such a way that they feel you’re speaking only to them?

How do you make a stranger feel like someone, finally, GETS IT?

View original post 765 more words

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Review! Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin — This Kid Reviews Books

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my American friends! Also I get to announce that Amber won the Santa Bruce Prize Pack!! I will be emailing you to ask you where you would like your prize sent to. Now on to today’s review! Where the Watermelons Grow By Cindy Baldwin 256 pages – ages 9+ Published by…

via Review! Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin — This Kid Reviews Books

Leave a comment

November 22, 2018 · 8:53 pm

Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! This is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and as you’re reading this, I’m either preparing or lying in bed thinking about everything I have to do. Or maybe I’m finally sleeping, exhausted with all that’s going on.

But I don’t mind at all. My family will all be together for the holiday, and I’m feeling blessed.

I won’t be around much this week (see the above mentioned busyness), but I wanted to provide one last quote and series of links before I take the week off. I’m drawing on one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens, and his wise words:

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty;
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

I love that quote. And not just for this time of year, but for everyday.

Whether you are in the US and celebrating or…

View original post 267 more words

3 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Stupid Writing Rules: Why to Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Writing Advice – by Anne R. Allen…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Ruth Harris and I have both written about how there are no rigid rules for writing good fiction, only guidelines.

Even guidelines don’t apply to everybody. Every genre has its own conventions. What is de rigeur for a romance can be deadly in a thriller. And what readers expect in a cozy mystery would be embarrassing in a gritty crime novel.

Then there’s literary fiction: successful literary fiction often breaks all rules and guidelines with reckless abandon. I’ve been reading a collection of George Saunders’ short stories that would probably crash any editing program because there are so many grammatical “errors.” But Mr. Saunders won the Man Booker Prize in 2017.

The problem is, we need to get a handle on the basics of writing before we go off and imitate George Saunders. Our grammar and storytelling skills need to be solid before we experiment. It’s the old saw of…

View original post 26 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

A Dangling Modifier Is Simple To Fix If You Know How – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

You are probably asking, what is a dangling modifier?

Of all the grammatical terms, this one is my favourite. It is just plain funny.

Dangling conjures up the vision of someone hanging from a tall building by a long rope tied around one ankle and swinging uneasily from side to side.

But in a grammatical sense, it implies that certain words or phrases in a sentence are in the wrong place.

A modifier is a word or a participial phrase that is intended to modify a noun or a verb. In other words, to add a description to something or someone or an action.

However, it is very common for the modifying word or phrase to be in the wrong place, which causes confusion for a reader.

There are two main types of errors that occur that cause uncertainty about what a word or phrase is supposed to modify.

Continue reading HERE

View original post 3 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Slang, Colloquialisms, and Clichés #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Words are awesome. I love obscure, weird words. J.K. Rowling used the word ‘snogging’ in her Harry Potter series, to describe couples who were engaged in prolonged kissing, or as we sometimes say where I come from,  ‘canoodling.’

Another good word is ‘kerfuffle,’  a Briticism for a  noisy disturbance or commotion. That word has become more common in American conversation over the last few years.

Words are how authors convey the imaginary world to the reader. Artistry comes into play in the way the author assembles their chosen words into sentences and paragraphs. In reading those words, the reader finds themselves in a new reality, a mental picture painted by the author.

English is a mash-up language. It is old Latin glued to an evolving language with completely different roots, Frisian, with a bunch of words and usages invented by William Shakespeare added in.

Thanks to the human drive to…

View original post 729 more words

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Payoff

K.M. Allan

If you’ve read a book where the ending or big dramatic twist is the culmination of all the clues, moments, or hints in the book, then you’ve encountered The Payoff.

The MC finally getting what they want. The villain losing (or winning). The end of a war.
The start of a love story. The payoff could be any of these things and more.

It’s the little plots tied up throughout, the one huge victory in the final pages. It’s satisfaction for both the reader and writer and closure for all that’s gone before it. If that sounds like something you want to feature in your books (and why wouldn’t you?), here are five tips for what to include in your payoff.

The Payoff… Needs To Build

If you want to avoid a twist reveal coming out of nowhere (the worst) or leave readers feeling like the answer they waited 300 pages for was…

View original post 705 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized