Straight to-the-point blog on incorporating internal dialogue into your story!
An excellent blog on characters, their wounds and how they heal.
Can we answer the question, “What is your book about?” in one sentence. Is our answer clear and concise? Does it paint a vivid picture of something others would want to part with time and money to read? Plot is important, but a major component of a knockout log-line is casting the right characters.
Due to popular demand I am running my Your Story in a Sentenceclass in about two weeks and participants have their log lines shredded and rebuilt and made agent-ready. Log-lines are crucial because if we don’t know what our book is about? How are we going to finish it? Revise it? Pitch it? Sell it?
Once we have an idea of what our story is about and have set the stage for the dramatic events that will unfold, we must remember that fiction is about PROBLEMS. Plain and simple…
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An honest review on The Convict and the Rose!
Note: This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Greetings everyone! The Review Board here to share its thoughts on The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes. Without further delay, the Unleashed One.
The best way to convey my thoughts on The Convict and the Rose is to break it down into three parts.
- The Good
- The Bad and
- The Surprise
The Good (Hoedown aka Pros)
Before I go on, the beauty in the visual presentation made me want to gulp down some liquid goodness, grab a “podnah”, and dance to the country music.
Now let’s get down to it.
The thing that I really enjoyed about this follow up to Flowers and Stone was the opportunity to get to know Luke Stone and the tribulations and revelations he experienced…
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These are great suggestions to have variety in your writing and expressions.
I find one of the most talked about topics in writing is “show don’t tell”. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try not to I still do, and I also find myself repeating words or not describing actions well.
I stumbled on this list of body language for us to keep near us while writing.
he lowered his head
she hung her head
she bowed her head
he covered his eyes with a hand
she pressed her hands to her cheeks
she raised her chin
he lifted his chin
her hands squeezed into fists
his hands tightened into fists
she clenched her fists
she balled her fists
he unclenched his fists
her arms remained at her sides
she gave a half shrug
he lifted his shoulder in a half shrug
she gave a dismissive wave of her hand
she raised a hand in greeting
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This blog contains some very practical advise to anyone doing or even thinking of doing self-publishing!
If you’re serious about self-publishing, you might already know that publishing books isn’t easy. Behind each book there are countless hours of writing, revising, producing and marketing. Most importantly, behind each book, there’s a piece of your bare soul. The world of publishing can be as rewarding and fertile as it can be ruthless and disheartening.
I decided to pursue self-publishing in early 2012. A year after, I was the proud author of a beautiful children’s book called Tristan Wolf. I’ve done everything my Marketing 101 book said I should do. I’ve protected fiercely the quality of my books, and I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve made (and I keep on learning). I’ve published four more books and released three of those in Spanish. It sounds exhausting, but it’s all part of my plan to take over the world one children’s book at a time 😀
As part of…
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Here’s a great big toast to all the women of the world who are also authors, and songwriters!