Friday, August 29, 2014

Writing in Selling Genres or Writing Issue Fiction?

Writing in Selling Genres or Writing Issue Fiction? What's An Author to Do? ~ Jennifer Slattery

I wanted to hurl. Or cry. Except there were way too many people EVERYWHERE. So I did the only thing I knew to do—run! I spent the rest of the evening in my hotel room, tears streaking my puffy face with mascara.
It was my first national conference, and quite frankly, I arrived to my initial appointment more than a little cocky, believing I had crafted the next literary masterpiece.
Obviously this was pre-critique partners.
Appointment after appointment, my confidence waned ... Drop over to Novel Rocket to read the rest -->  Writing in Selling Genres or Writing Issue Fiction? What's An Author to Do

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Secret Life by Lee Carver

What escape exists for a German aristocrat with American and Jewish blood?

The German Army of World War II rips KARL VON STEUBEN from his family and privileged life, forcing him to conceal his American sympathies and Jewish heritage. Stripped of every tie to his home country, he determines to escape. As he crawls to the Siegfried Line, only he knows the hiding place of gold ingots melted from the jewelry of prisoners. Wounded after assuming the identity of a fallen American soldier, Karl briefly deceives even himself.

Discharged and shipped to America, he discovers God’s unmerited favor in a beautiful Atlanta nurse. But he must return to Germany or relinquish his family fortune and rear children under the name of another man. Will Grace forgive his duplicity and accept him as a loyal American?

Lee Carver has lived in six foreign countries and studied nine languages including German and French. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Spain. A five-week World War II history tour covering the areas where her father-in-law fought created the stimulus for this book. Lee taught biology and chemistry, served as a volunteer church musician, and in retirement was a missionary in the Brazilian Amazon. She is a member of ACFW and president of its ACFW-DFW Ready Writers Chapter, and is active in Stephen Ministry and Kid's Hope.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grammar Tip from Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide Grammar Tip: The sentence “As the time grew short, the people became fidgety” could mean either “When the time grew short, the people became fidgety” or “Because the time grew short, the people became fidgety.” Using "when" or "because" instead of "as" prevents ambiguity or possible misreading.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Writer Tips

Keep asking what if… What if my character went here? What if my character did this? Jot down things that make you wonder and ponder. 

Brainstorm with friends. Some of the most amazing stories can come just sitting and talking with another writer or friend. 

Listen and watch. When you watch the news, ask “what if?”

Everything you see and experience is fodder for novels.

Take notes. You never know when inspiration will hit. When an idea comes, write it down. I have a file on my computer where I keep my writing ideas. I’m always sending myself e-mails on my phone with ideas for blogs or stories.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Take Your Characters Out to Play

, let your characters go out to play. Take them to a scene you hadn't planned. Take your ultra-male character shopping in a dress boutique. Take your frilly female character to a sporting goods store. Take them out for fun and see what happens. Put your characters in a totally different place than you had intended. Your charachters might surpise you!