Monday, September 22, 2014

Make 'em count!

Make every word count.

Don’t overwrite. Don’t use words to impress or just because you like how they sound.

Some older novels used page after page to describe scenes. They call it purple prose. Personally, I don’t want to buy a novel containing 200 pages of useless information.

Don’t give your readers a reason to skim.

Brandilyn Collins writes suspense. I don’t skim anything in her books. Even when she is describing scenes or how someone looks, there are always clues about the characters or about what may happen.

This is the first paragraphs of her book, Violet Dawn.
“Paige Williams harbored a restless kinship with the living dead. Sleep, that nurturing, blessed state of subconsciousness, eluded her again this night. Almost 2:00 a.m., and rather than slumbering bliss, old memories nibbled at her like ragged-toothed wraiths.
With a defeated sigh she rose from the bed.
Wrapped in a large towel, she moved through the darkened house, bare feet faintly scuffling across worn wood floors. Out of her room and down a short hall, passing the second bedroom—barren and needing to be filled—and the one bathroom, into the small kitchen.”

Brandilyn’s scene gives hints about Paige, describes the surroundings to give you bearings but is not overbearing.

No word is wasted, they all have a purpose. Learn to write without wasted words.

DiAnn Mills writes, “A good writer knows that cutting the flab adds muscle and reduces the fat in his manuscript.”

Write for quality, not quantity.

Tips for Characters

Know your characters and your readers.

When you are establishing your story, don’t use similar names, sounds, or starting letters for your characters.

Example: Tom and Ted. Mary and Marion.

Don’t confuse your readers. Make it easy for them.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Free Training via Jo Ann Fore!

Are you ready to make a difference?

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  • Has God placed something on your heart to share with others {whether it’s from a large platform or simply with your neighbor next door} but you shrink back in fear?

  • Have voices of criticism, doubt, or disapproval ever stopped you,dismissing your dreams as unimportant or unattainable?

  • Perhaps you’re in a place you never imagined you’d be, this place of influence with others who want to hear what you have to say—andyou don’t know what you want to say or how to say it?

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As encouragers {of any sort} we've had those days, those times a wicked doubt starts centering inward and we find ourselves wondering if we’re really cut out to be of influence to anyone.  Does what we do {really} matter; how can we make a difference?
Never, ever, underestimate the difference a willing heart can make in the lives of others.
Here’s the thing: Before we were ever born, God designed us with a unique purpose to discover and fulfill on this earth. He’s always intended to use every part of our lives–no matter how broken–in his Kingdom-building plan. This potential for influencing others, its a part of our true selves, embedded deep in our make-up, our spiritual DNA.

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