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Saturday, June 25, 2016

WHAT A WRITER DOES


1) WRITES WHAT NO ONE ELSE CAN

It is not just night.  No.  

There are two full moons tonight.  

Their reflections stare balefully from the open eyes of your mother-in-law sitting in your front porch swing ... 

the mother-in-law you buried three days ago.


2) SERVES THE READER NOT THE WRITER

The reader doesn't turn the pages because of the need to applaud you.  The reader turns them to find out what happens next.


3) ASKS THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

 “What am I trying to say? 

What words will express it? 

What image or idiom will make it clearer? 

Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?


4) WRITING IS LIKE USING MAGIC

You write the words, and they altered the perceived universe. 

By merely writing you could create damage and pain, 

cause tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse.

 Good writing strives to explain, to make things a little bit clearer, to make sense of our world.

 A writer always tries to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.


5) TELLS A FULL STORY

 There’s a name for something with a single point of view: 

It’s called a press release.

 Incorporate multiple perspectives even if you are writing in 1st Person POV.  

Your heroine must struggle in a world that cares about its own agenda not hers.


6.) SINGS A WORLD INTO BEING

Talented writing makes things happen in the reader’s mind:

 vividly, forcefully 

 that good writing, which stops with clarity and logic, doesn’t.


7.) IS SUBTLE

 We have to allow the sunken meanings to remain sunken, suggested, not stated.

The most horrifying monsters are the ones never quite seen.

A cop shoots a drug addict in self-defense.  Simple scene read a dozen times.  

The addict whimpers as he lays dying.  "I'm going.  I'm going.  I'm ... afraid."

The cop holsters his gun, cradles the youngster, and whispers in his ear:

"Sshh,  It is just a bad dream, a bad dream.  Go back to sleep." 

The addict dies.  The cop gets up, sighs, and leaves a bit of his soul by the still-warm corpse.
***
Hope this helps

Friday, June 24, 2016

TO HAVE EVERYTHING AND NOTHING

I am Day.

I am Night.

I am the World.

I am the Turquoise Woman.

And a traveler like all of you.

You walk miles. 


I spin through the vastness of space, listening to the ghost songs of the solar winds.

I awakened already spinning through space, hugged to the sun's warmth by his invisible arms of gravity.

But the sun is a distant lover and following his own path through the stars, drawn by bonds of his own.

He is caught like a glistening bead of dew in the web of the solar system.

Together, he and my sisters journey in a cluster which is itself part of a moving community of stars you call the Milky Way.

Travelers all, we can neither turn to the left nor to the right of our own volition.

We are children of gravity and explosion, cast into the darkness by forces we little understand or know.

I used to envy you your freedom of movement, of choice. 


But the longer I watched your scurrying over my surface, the more a dark truth spoke to me:

You, too, are children of the gravity of your species and the explosion of the times around you which you little understand or know.

You bristle with denial?

If you cannot understand your own heart, how can you understand another's?

Which choices are yours totally?

As gravity and momentum send me on my path, so do your DNA, location, and experience spread the pattern of the paths before you.

You are no more free than I am or the goldfish wandering the narrow confines of its bowl.

From within its bowl, the world seems so large to the goldfish. Yet, it is trapped within invisible walls.

As are you.

Freedom is an illusion to the goldfish, to me, and to you.

Do we choose or do the choices choose us?



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

STEER CLEAR OF THESE WRITING MISTAKES



Don't you wish there was a map to follow to find success with your writing?

Each of us must chart our own course to our novel's successful end, but there are some shoals we should avoid:


1.) TOO MANY CHARACTERS

When more than just a few characters are introduced in the first few pages of a book, 

it’s difficult to keep their names and roles straight.

Have a literal boatload of characters?  

Filter them in slowly in the first few chapters, 

linking them in the mind of the readers with vivid sketches of their personalities.


2.) STERILE CHARACTERS

 If your characters are flat, if there’s nothing to set them and their struggles apart, we won’t want to cheer for them, and might not care enough to keep reading.


3.)  EXPERIMENTAL STYLE

When a writer experiments with style or structure, the result can be refreshing or irritating. 

Your ability to pull off something out-of-the-ordinary depends on your skill as a writer, 

and your ability to connect with readers despite your unusual style.

Anyone who has read my blog for long knows that I loved Roger Zelazny's books.  

But towards the end of his career, he experimented with strange formats to his books.

In DOORWAYS IN THE SANDS, he ended the chapters with cliffhangers, 

but then started the next chapter some time later, working back to the resolution of the crisis.  

VERY, VERY irritating!  

I only stayed because I liked him.  I don't think many other of his fans did. 


4.) UNCLEAR CHARACTER MOTIVATIONS

Have you ever read a book where a character does something, and you say, 

“Why on earth did she do that?? A mother would never do that!”

 Ensure your characters’ actions are in line with their motivations, 

and if they don’t appear to be on the surface, your reader must understand why not.

 Don't lift your readers out of your novel with characters you force to be stupid to get them to make mistakes to propel your story forward.


5.) HAZY STRUCTURE

  If all the good stuff happens at the beginning, or if nothing exciting happens until the end, your reader will be frustrated with the rest of the book.


6.) WRITE FOR THE MARKET ONLY

If you start by chasing the market, you study the bestseller lists and try to identify a trend, jumping on it.

Even if the trend is still hot by the time your novel comes out, the story will be lackluster, for it didn't come out of your dreams.


7.)  NULLIFY THE DANGER OR REACH THE GOAL TOO EARLY

The point is to raise the stakes so that the readers are not only cheering your protagonist on, 

but afraid that they may fail to save whatever it is that they are trying to keep.

 Regardless of your genre, 

every novel must have a protagonist trying to accomplish or reach some kind of goal. 

The plot itself is then the character’s journey to try to reach said goal.

 In some novels, that goal may evolve along the way, 

but the important thing is that whatever the goal is, it is out of reach throughout the large majority of the novel. 

By making your characters fail, often repeatedly, to reach that goal, 

you keep your readers hooked because they’ll want to find out how your character will manage to succeed.

What do you think are some deadly mistakes to avoid in our writing?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CAN'T SEEM TO GET THERE FROM HERE

Vesper
http://chickwithaquill.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-map-of-way-forward.html
has written a timely and important post on her blog.

Sometimes we get lost in the meandering paragraphs of our novels.

Which way to go?

Vesper has struggled with how to find her way through the fog of the wisps of plot in her head she sees for her story.

Multiple POV's seem called for, 

but they almost always confuse or throw off the identification the reader has with one character.

She felt she needed a firm outline , but how to go about writing a good one?

Vesper happily stumbled upon Larry Brooks’s Story Fix.

Blake Synder's SAVE THE CAT, though talking about movie scripts, is another great aid.

 https://www.amazon.com/Save-Cat-Blake-Snyder-ebook/dp/B00340ESIS/




I wrote a post on a Three Stage Blueprint for a good story outline:
http://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/2014/03/your-car-whats-under-hood.html

 {Image of the werewolf, Higgins, courtesy of the genius of Leonora Roy}

If you are of a mind, take a peek at it.  It might help a bit.

Of course, that doesn't mean that I am not having to swim against the currents with my latest Steampunk, 
THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS AT LARGE.

How to make a Texas Ranger taking on the Sidhe in 1836 Avalon 

and fighting dragons atop the flying Xanadu seem riveting and real has proven to be a real challenge.

I hope your Strawberry Moon went well and your WIP progresses smoothly.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

STRAWBERRY MOON & THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

The Moons of the various months have been given many names in differing cultures.  

All with some supernatural significance. 

The Strawberry Moon comes from Native Americans, and the short season of the strawberry harvest. 

 We’re about to see an astrological phenomenon that hasn’t happened since 1967

the joining of the Strawberry Moon and the summer solstice.

Shades of the Age of Aquarius!  

We won't see this again until 2062!

This moon will be visible while the dying light of the day is still illuminating the world.

 The full moon will be hanging low the entire time. Around 8:00pm ET, it rose fully.

 It was dubbed “Strawberry Moon” by the Algonquins Native Americans 

because they knew that when this moon rose,

 it would finally be time to gather ripened fruit. Like strawberries!

 In Europe, the moon is also called the Rose Moon, Mead Moon, and Honey Moon.

 Did you know?

 On June 21 (the day after a Strawberry Moon), we’ll probably be swept up in a large storm.

 It may work out for the best, though, because according to folklore, 

crabbing and shrimping are best during this time, too. 

Shellfish and strawberries anyone?

Oh, and though it is called the Strawberry Moon

it glows golden like the sun.  Cool, huh?