Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 29- 90-Day Novel model


I am going to start my first draft. I am so excited and I really feel that this model has helped me develop not only my characters, but to reveal the conflict(s) between them. Normally I am hunting for possible roadblocks to throw in front of them, but not now. I may have too many!

So, logging off for now.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dominique Eastwick: Charmed By Cate Masters

Dominique Eastwick: Charmed By Cate Masters: Charmed The Vitruvian Man, book 2 By Cate Masters Dark fantasy/paranormal romance Coming Aug. 30, 2013 Decadent Publishing ...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rest In Peace Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, prolific author of westerns and crime dramas, passed today. He wrote "Out of Sight", "Be Cool", and "Get Shorty". He also wrote the book on which the FX series "Justified" is based. 

I am posting his 10 rules of writing since they served him well.

  1.  Never open a book with weather.
  2.  Avoid prologues.
  3.  Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
  4.  Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said” … he admonished gravely.
  5.  Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 
  6.  Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
  7.  Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8.  Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9.  Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
  10.  Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

10 Perfect Facts about The Princess Bride

Okay, so this is a link to a web article where Rob Reiner talks about one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride. Interesting facts so check it out!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Musa Publishing: The Price of a Book

Musa Publishing: The Price of a Book: by Andrea Blundell and Andrea Colasanto I know, I know. We’ve all read the stories about e-book pricing versus print book pricing. We kno...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 18

Finally, I'm getting back to my plotting project using the 90-Day Novel. First my excuse, I mean reason, was that my family was going on vacation to Disney World and so I would have little time to write. After getting back, well, I was simply lazy.

So, back to my 90-Day Novel only behind...

I still love Alan Watt's direction to hold the story loosely, to let it breathe and evolve on its own without forcing it into a box that you've created before it's ready. It explains why I'm never happy with my characters: I've never as fully explored them before.

Keeping at it. But keeping calm!