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Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

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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

Episode 150 – “Who Need’s A Holiday”

October 31, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Ellen Sussman

Visit my website: ellensussman.com  

October 24, 2014

Author, teacher and recently just finished her book tour which is what I’m interested in learning more about.

Classes

JUMP START YOUR NOVEL – One Day Seminar

 

This seminar is for students who are ready to begin writing a novel or who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the student who has a fledgling idea for a novel and doesn’t know how to develop it.

 In this workshop, we will tackle essential novel-writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel?

Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are andRead More

37 California Capital Book Festival

October 23, 2014

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37 California Capital Book Festival.

Just to get back to writing!  A book festival, a book event, anything where a bunch of starry-eyed readers exclaim over authors can be a great moral boost!

Is there a festival in your area?  Can you volunteer?  I’ve learned that being part of a festival or conference is more beneficial than just attending.  Something to consider and plan for in the coming year.

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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 146 – “Writing For Love With Melissa Smith Baker”

September 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Melissa Smith Baker, MA

Relationship Educator and Author

www.lovingforkeeps.com

Melissa and Catharine met through our speaker’s Bureau and she has written Save your Relationship from Yourself.

You blog and offer classes and produce a newsletter. Tell us about your journey in creating your book.

What are the most common questions you get asked?

Tell us about your favorite relationship myth.

How did your business grow? What was the thought behind the book, web site and classes?

How are the classes at the SMI coming along? How did you get that partnership?

Word of the week:

From Arlene Miller and author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blogRead More

10 Things Every Serious Writer Has…

September 3, 2014

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10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World.

Writing in a Dead World  posted a most excellent list for writers.  I’m a fan of owning too many pens and too many notebooks none of which I can seem to locate when I have a really great idea.

And if you are a serious writer, here is a tip if you are prone to  scribbling in the car, in traffic, on a note pad, because there isn’t a RULE against actual WRITING in the car, just texting.  Anyway, if you are trying to scrawl down that great idea for your NaNoWriMo novel, use a big, legal sized note pad.  That way you can write all over it, and something will be captured. Plus it may prevent you from writing on your slacks.

10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World

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Episode 143 – “Shoot Your Novel!”

August 12, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Susan Lakin

www.cslakin.com

C. S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels – six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.

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Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 18, 2014

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5. Publication Day

The twelve months since I signed with Legend Press seemed to pass by quickly and very soon, April arrived.

I didn’t have a launch party with my first novel. Scratch that. I didn’t have an ‘official’ launch party. What I did have was a dinner party hosted by my dear neighbours and friends with a cake and a reading which was very special. However, this time, I thought I’d go all the way. This is a precarious business, right? You never know where you will be this time next year. So …

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My publisher helped me to arrange a launch party in my local book shop. It was a fun evening for all, filled with wine, book talk, mingling and fun.

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What do you do after you finish celebrating? You have to get the word out there…

Jane Isaac is author of An UnfamiliarRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

July 16, 2014

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3. Deciphering Book Contracts

I think it’s wonderful that there are so many routes to publishing these days, but if we are unable to snag an agent and benefit from their wealth of experience, how do we know if we are getting a fair offer?

Truth be told, I was so delighted to receive the contract for my first book from Rainstorm Press that I read it through quickly and signed on the dotted line. However with my new publisher, Legend Press, I was more circumspect. How did I know whether the offer was competitive and the contract fair? Answer: The Society of Authors.

Membership of the Society of Authors in the UK costs around £95 per year and offers a host of benefits including free access to a media lawyer for independent advice about any contracts. They were extremely helpful andRead More

What Not to Write: Overdone poetry themes

July 10, 2014

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Kelly Davio from the Tahoma Literary Review Dragon - Oslo-had some great insights about what she sees coming across the transom  during open submission periods or during contests.

I have to admit that because our poetry Collection – And the Beats Go On, asked for Beat poems specifically, I did not come across these categories.  But if you are a new writer, and so many of us are, these are great categories to write about, then put away and not send out.

Here’s what Davio says is overrepresented in her “in” box:

  • My child said something amazing. Kids do say the darndest things, but it’s often more charming to the parent or to other family members than it is to the stranger who doesn’t already know and love your little one.
  • Someone I love got very sick. This one is tricky; there’s possiblyRead More