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Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

This post was written by CBramkamp

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Send the girlsDo you explain too much?

We read to experience another world and another life. We read to fall into a world. Excessive explanation takes us out of that experience and talks at us rather than guides us through a fantastic journey. If we wanted a lecture, we wouldn’t have sat in the back of the dark lecture hall either nodding off, or reading a novel, that if well written, was the polar opposite of the boring telling lecture taking place at the front of the class.

As Elmore Leonard commented: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

In the opening of my second Future Girls book, Future Gold, I agonized over how to get the heroine, Jordan, from her time (2145) back in time (1861). I wanted to explain why she was in the Duck and Screw. I wanted to give the reader Jordan’s backRead More

Tips from a real editor after reviewing a real manuscript.

September 10, 2014

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If I wasn’t convinced before that Beta Readers are the new black, then the notes from the editor of Eternal Press for Future Girls clinched the deal.

This is what my editor said after reviewing the manuscript for Future Girls:

“Congratulations on a wonderful novel!  In general the writing was excellent and I felt fortunate to work with a writer who knows her craft. I quite enjoyed editing it and I hope that you find my suggestions useful.

“There are suggestions which I make that you can ignore.

“There are things in which my hands are tied, and these are items are from the EP Style Guide.

“”Said” and “asked” are the best (dialogue) tags because they are invisible. He declared, she announced, etc. all draw attention to themselves. I’ve pointed out a few of them, and when not necessaryRead More

Episode 138: “In Soviet Podcast, We Listen To You!”

July 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Writing is difficult on a trip, most of us travel with family, or even in a tour group. And that’s fine, but what happens when the trip does exactly what you hope, and you become wonderfully inspired?

You can’t just stop everything and take time off to record your thoughts, there are stately palaces to tour, museums to visit and beer to drink.

So what can you do?

Be messy: Any writing is a win in this situation. When you do find a place and time to write, just make notes.

Make notes - a notebook or scratching away on purloined pieces of hotel stationery is not very intrusive and can be done anywhere.

that’s nice but where can I even find time?

Do laundry. I needed to babysit our laundry – couldn’t really abandoned it. So I spent a good hour and a halfRead More

Episode 134 – “Guns and Fries?”

May 31, 2014

This post was written by Damien

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

This week we don’t have a guest and decided to talk about anything and everything. There’s talk of vans, guns, fries and oh some writing to do with map creation, why he said, she said is painful…… plus more. Who needs show notes when you’ll have to listen? Catharine’s off to Russia for three weeks so wish her all the best!

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Best revenge scenario. What would you love to do to an enemy to get even? What elaborate plot would you concoct? Would you wait and serve up revenge cold? Or got at it with white hot enthusiasm. Many great novels have been built on this idea – what’s yours?

Tortured Sentences:

If you as a writer have no rules, which you apparently do not, I could not possibly live with myself in terms ofRead More

Episode 121- “Enlightening Newbies With Polly Campbell”

February 25, 2014

This post was written by Damien

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Polly Campbell

The popular teacher on the Daily OM shows how real-life moments afford opportunities for spiritual growth

Imperfect Spirituality
Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

The author has written for Spirituality & Health, Arthritis Today, Gaiam Life, The Oregonian, Family Circle, is a highly read blogger for Psychology Today, and a teacher with The Daily Om

Pulling a raisin out of a two-year-old’s nose probably wasn’t on Buddha’s path to enlightenment, but it was one of the obstacles for author Polly Campbell. For many people, stuck raisins and other real-life moments provide a day’s only opportunity for spiritual growth. Imperfect Spirituality shows readers how to integrate those everyday moments withRead More

Episode 98 – “Handcuffed And Dreamy With Robbi Bryant”

September 7, 2013

This post was written by Damien

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 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special Guest: Robbi Sommers Bryant

President Redwood Writers, Branch of California Writers Club

Web Editor Of Redwood Writers Web Site

www.robbibryant.com,    www.thecriminalmind.us

Buy Dream on Amazon

Buy Beautiful Evil on Amazon

We are discussing traditional versus Self or boutique publishing because Robbie has experienced both with the same novel.

Tell us about The Criminal Mind

The Beautiful Evil is now published by Ruby Paradise Publications, did you publish it yourself first?

Tell us about your novella Dream, what is urban fantasy?

Word of the week:

 Great:  Is it bone-brilliant, droolworthy, ripsniptious, splendidious, or stark-staring marvelous?

From BetterRead More

Episode 87 – “The Perfect Proposal With Brenda Knight”

June 23, 2013

This post was written by Damien

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Episode 87

Special Guest: Brenda Knight, Associate Publisher

www.vivaeditions.com and Cleis Press

Viva Editions are books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, “Viva!”, is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious—these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people’s lives. Viva Editions was founded at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit.  As publishers, we need to be aware of the different economic environment we are publishing in—andRead More

Episode 86 – “Juvenile Hall, Dungeons And Dragons With Hank Mattimore!”

June 15, 2013

This post was written by Damien

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Hank Mattimore

The author is a parent, foster parent and a surrogate grandpa for twenty-four abused and neglected kids. A long-time newspaper columnist and author of four books, his career includes working with children, older adults and persons living with AIDS. He writes from a spiritual perspective about life,love and the human condition.

Books include: Grandpa to a Children’s Village
Figuring It Out as I Go Along: Thoughts on Kids and the God Within
The Priest Who Couldn’t Cheat
Life’s a Growin’ Thing
Hank is also a former priest who wrote about that experience in The Priest who Couldn’t cheat.

I’ve been considering Natalie Goldberg’s idea that writing is a form of meditation or even a way to access the spiritual side of our lives,Read More

Episode 83- “Live Edits From The Classroom!”

May 19, 2013

This post was written by Damien

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Episode 83 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Draft revision, the live version

  Apologies on the audio quality. Had technical difficulties.

Draft from Catharine’s novel – Five Elements of Time (working title)

A rock shattered the stained glass window scattering shards of red glass at Charity’s feet.

She glanced up at the hole, almost perfectly round. Through it the sky hovered gray, heavy, and unchanged despite the increasing volume of the chanting outside.

Preacher John stopped Charity from reading any more from the One True Word.

A big imposing man, twice the size of slender Charity, he never the less, glanced out at the men in the congregation for approval. Charity didn’t see a single nod, or twitch from any one, but there must have been some approval.

“We will exit, thisRead More

Self-publishing a book

May 18, 2013

This post was written by Hank Quense

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Self-publishing a book is a complicated endeavor.  It is an especially daunting effort the first time it is undertaken.  The new author will face a series of issues, tasks and decisions that must be addressed.

One way to get a handle on all this activity is to use a project management approach.  That is the way I approach a new book that I’m prepping for publishing.  I’ve developed this process over a number of years in in publishing a number of print and ebooks.  It works.

 To begin the process, the author needs a manuscript that is complete and ready to publish. What ready to publish means is that, prior to this point, other writers have critiqued the book and you’ve made the changes they suggested.

To start

The first order of business at this time is to establish a budget. Yes,Read More