Be your character series: The cool guy. The cool guy is one of the most evocative characters to have in a book if you can pull it off. This character is built not with his words, but with his actions. He carries the story (protagonist style) with the motion of a freight train carrying the load and bringing up the intensity of your story. The cool character won’t act rash, he won’t throw away his values, and is almost always either the supporting role or the lead role of the story. Superman is the lead role, Clark Kent is the … continue reading…
Our children are the future, our future, the future of the planet we call Earth. Problems abound, Nature sometimes ravages with earthquakes and tsunamis, politics plunder our energies, etc. Our children are growing up here, among this crowded complexity of life. What will they recall as adults? What skills and tools will they take with them through all this life-noise, to their adulthood? Meet C. J. Heck, published in over 20 different publications along the years. “Since its release in August of 2000, I have been promoting my first children’s book, Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff, through school visits, … continue reading…
Jan Verhoeff once told me in another interview that ‘…she writes because she breathes.’ She wears out several computer keyboards a year! I must agree with her reasoning. As author of over 30- plus active websites, many e-books and a few books including one coming out next year with a movie in tow, Jan writes for the same reason her heart beats…because it’s part of her life-force. Let’s take a peek into this writer’s mind and heart and maybe glean a feel for her productive muse.
Some writers understand the process of writing. Writer thoughts, they just need a head up on creating a plot. This plot might need some tweaking, but it’s a fun plot to rewrite and send out to publishers, because everybody knows romance sells in times of economic stress.
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You Saved My Article… Thank You! Gasping for air, I looked around the table at the faces looking back at me and all I could tell was their lips were all moving at the same time. I’d passed around a piece I intended to publish and it was ready to go to print, prior to passing it around the table. Until my dying day, I will remember the fear that swam through my veins as I watched them hatchet my work with X’s, lines, scrolls, and deletions they believed I should make. Their changes may have been … continue reading…
“In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.” ~ Pearl S. Buck (American Author, 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1892 – 1973)
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~ Richard Bach (author of “Johnathan Livingston Seagull”)
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Are you still trying to fit your words into someone else’s book? I remember when I started writing, I kept trying to put my voice into the book styles I’d read and they just didn’t fit. I knew I had to find my own style of writing and perfect what came from inside of me.
“Whenever words fly up at me from a printed page as I read, I intercept them instantly, knowing they are for me. I turn them over carefully in my mind and cling to them hard.” – David Grayson
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Are you lagging behind in the sequence of story writing? Everyone has a different methodology for writing a book, and each one is better than the others, for someone. If you’re still trying to figure out what style is yours, try this simple Story Builder for a quick write and a great read! Primary Plot —- Murder at Wiley Mansion Secondary Plot —- Romance of the Ghost