An Author’s Connections

Good explanation from Claire Fullerton of how an author can use social media.

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It’s important for an author to consider that once their novel is out in the world, the repercussive work becomes all about connections. It happens organically from the state of affairs at play in today’s publishing world, which is to say that authors are expected to be actively involved, not only in promoting their books, but in getting in the online traffic and more or less promoting themselves. Readers want a face with a name; they like to discover similarities between themselves and the person behind the words, and they can find this via the social media community, where edges are often blurred.

Pinterest, for example, is a great author platform on the one hand, but on the other, an author can establish boards that declare their love of dogs, their affinity with a certain region, the city or town in which they grew up, and a myriad other creative…

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Writing Dialogue in Fiction #writingtips #amwriting #writerslife

Great tips here on writing dialogue, from Luccia Gray.

Rereading Jane Eyre

I love writing dialogue and I include plenty of dialogue in my novels, but I also find it’s one of the hardest parts to get just right.

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Writing the dialogue itself isn’t so demanding, it’s padding it with all the necessary contextual information within a novel that causes the problems.

Here are some notes I’ve made for myself to remind me of what I need to think about and do to make my dialogues relevant, vivid, authentic and natural.

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Dialogue is a great way to show (not tell) the reader about character and plot.

Think about the purpose of the exchange, and remember that every scene in the novel should:

1) Show character Or  2) Reveal plot

 1- Show character

This can be done subtly or specifically, depending on the importance of the character or the aspect you want to disclose.

What does the character say? And how…

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Thursday Doors

Good video on this post if your interested in self-publishing.

Jean Reinhardt

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Thursday Doors comes from the Davenport Hotel in Dublin City this week, a former 17th century prayer hall, where I attended a conference co-hosted by Amazon KDP and Writing.ie. I was going to watch the day-long self-publishing event online, as all of the tickets sold out within 48 hours of being released, but I got an email from Amazon KDP asking me if I was going. They said they were hoping to meet me there. I explained about not having a ticket but they said they would put myself and Mr. R. on their guest list. I’ve never been on anyone’s guest list (apart from weddings) so how could I refuse?

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The inside is as elegant as the outside

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The program began at 9 am and ended at 5 pm with a break for lunch. The morning’s panel of guest speakers were interviewed by Rick O’Shea, broadcaster on national radio and…

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Jack London

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California Faces: Selections from The Bancroft Library Portrait Collection, Jack London 1876-1916.

One of my favourite books as a child was Jack London’s White Fang and, as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the 1991 movie based on the book. Although a young Ethan Hawke played a lead role very well, for me it was the hybrid wolf/dog Jed that was the star of the show. However, the man behind the book led a life as adventurous and sometimes as dangerous as the characters he created.

Jack London died a century ago, on 22nd November 1916.

‘Born in 1876, the year of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand, the prolific writer would die in the year John T. Thompson invented the submachine gun. London’s life embodied the frenzied modernization of America between the Civil War and World War I. With his thirst for adventure, his rags-to-riches success story, and his progressive political ideas, London’s stories mirrored the passing of the American frontier and the nation’s transformation into an urban-industrial global power. 

With a keen eye and an innate sense, London recognized that the country’s growing readership was ready for a different kind of writing. The style needed to be direct and robust and vivid. And he had the ace setting of the “Last Frontier” in Alaska and the Klondike—a strong draw for American readers, who were prone to creative nostalgia. Notably, London’s stories endorsed reciprocation, cooperation, adaptability and grit.’ 

You can read the rest of Kenneth Brandt’s fascinating account of Jack London’s short but adventurous life here: The Smithsonian

 

Top Ten Things Not to Do if You Are Editing Your Book — Fiction Favorites

The inspiration for this list is, well frankly, my latest labor over the editing process. I hope you enjoy the list and, yes I have done some of these things. Ten Things Not to Do if You Are Editing Your Book. 10 If you are editing, do not think glasses of wine make the work […]

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24 Signs of The Creative Itch #writers #writerslife

There’s nothing as frustrating as an ‘itch’ you can’t scratch.

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Signs of a Creative Itch

Once you get The Creative Itch you will struggle to carry on with daily activities as your mind will not stop chanting “I want to do something creative!” or “I must write something!”

The urge to do something creative can be pretty powerful. It is very similar to a sugar craving as it is hard to ignore and in some cases you can experience withdrawal symptoms.

The Creative Itch is worse when you have zero chance of being able to write or do something creative. In these situations the symptoms will intensify and in some cases can lead to a total meltdown / hissy fit!

Here are some of the signs of The Creative Itch.

You may experience a few or all of these depending upon your creative urge:

  1. Restlessness.
  2. Difficulty concentrating.
  3. Irritability.
  4. Muttering.
  5. Glazed over eyes.
  6. Lack of desire to interact with other humans.
  7. Urge to draw doodles.

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A Short Analysis of W. B. Yeats’s ‘Death’

Good post on W.B. Yeat’s poem ‘Death’ written ten years before he passed away. Ironic that the bard’s bones may still lie in France and not in his beloved Sligo. Yeats requested that should he die, his body should be interred in the churchyard at Roquebrune in France and a year later, when all the fuss had died down, he would like to be ‘dug up and planted in Sligo’. French documents reveal compelling evidence the bones gathered in Roquebrune, the Riviera town where Yeats died in 1939, were assembled haphazardly from the graveyard and shipped off to Ireland.

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An analysis of a short Yeats poem

‘Death’ is not perhaps numbered among the most famous poems by W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), but it is probably the shortest of all his finest poems. In just a dozen lines, Yeats examines human attitudes to death, contrasting them with an animal’s ignorance of its own mortality. ‘Death’ was written in 1929 and included in Yeats’s 1933 volume The Winding Stair and Other Poems. Here is ‘Death’, followed by a few words by way of analysis.

Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

Many thanks to Wendy Van Camp for these great links.

No Wasted Ink

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