Friday, August 31, 2012
Over at his blog, JOHN BRANTINGHAM, author of the soon to be published “Mann of War” interviews the mystery master, Lawrence Block as well as the president of the Rex Stout fan club. http://johnbrantingham.blogspot.com In addition, he published an article on the importance of poetry that's accessible and not too academic on two blogsites: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profiles/blogs/long-beach-poetry?xg_source=activity http://wanatribe.com/profiles/blogs/long-beach-poetry?xg_source=activity
SALLY CARPENTER, author of “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” is interviewed over at Pat Gligor's blog. http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/
I'm so proud of our Wild Oaks authors who jumped on the chance to promote their titles over at TBR (which stands for To Be Read):
CAROL CRIGGER author of “Three Seconds to Thunder” and “Two Feet Below.”
JASON HUNT author of “A Midsummer Night's Gunfight.”
BONNIE KELLY author of “Blessing, Bullets and Bad Men.”
JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of Pennsylvania mystery “Fallen From Grace.”
This site has a blurb fest coming up for authors of suspense and all genres in September, paranormal and Halloween themed in October (natch). TBR also does interviews. http://tbrtheblog.blogspot.com
LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” is interviewed by Cate Masters. Lesley's giving away a copy of “Poisoned Pairings.” There are empty slots in November and December for interviews. I grabbed December 10th. http://tbrtheblog.blogspot.com Lesley hosts author Pat Gligor in a discussion as to why readers find serial killers so fascinating. http://anotherdraught.blogspot.com
WILLIAM DOONAN discusses his novel “American Caliphate” over at Romancing the Heart. I see there are two interview slots still open at the end of December. http://romancingtheheartinterviews.blogspot.com Doonan was also interviewed at John Brantingham's blog: http://johnbrantingham.blogspot.com He has also posted a poem, “Bye Bye Summer,” over at Novel Spaces. http://novelspaces.blogspot.com/2012/08/bye-bye-summer-poem-about-end-of-summer.html
SUNNY FRAZIER, author of “Fools Rush In,” and “Where Angels Fear,” is in good company with Alafair Burke (James Lee's daughter), Camille Minichino, Doug Lyle and Chris Grabenstein describing the weirdest job they ever had. Scroll down and add your weird occupation to the comments. http://www.crimewriters.blogspot.com/
Sunny's post announcing the new Oak Tree Press Friday Round-Up was a featured blog over at Book Town.http://booktown.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?promoted=1&xg_source=msg_feat_blogpost
RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of Ozark mystery “A Fair To Die For,” also blogs at Romancing the Heart. http://romancingtheheartinterviews.blogspot.com
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Point-of-view seems to be the hardest concept or a new writer to grasp. It's also what causes the most trouble for writers.
When I was a Writer's Digest School instructor and leader of two local writing groups, I saw the problem with POV constantly. Sometimes when reading a published book, I'm jarred out of the fictional world by a startling change of viewpoint and this has happened to me a lot lately, making me decide to address this subject again.
Many mysteries are written in first person. With first person it's almost impossible to get into trouble with POV, however, I have seen it happen. You can’t withhold information the first person knows–you can make it seem unimportant. In first person, the hero or heroine must be present in every scene.
When writing in third person, you most likely will begin your story from the POV of the protagonist–the hero or heroine of your story. You want the reader to know right away who to identify with, who they are going to root for throughout the story.
Often, even though you are writing in third person, you may choose to remain in your hero or heroine's POV throughout the story. As the writer, it's as if you are that person and are telling the story through them. You want the reader to see the story unfold through the POV character's eyes; to experience everything that happens through this person.
In essence, the narrative is the thoughts and experiences of the POV character. Even though the story most likely will be told in past tense, it is an "on-scene, happening now" past tense.
Remember, that because the narrative is the thoughts and experiences of the POV character, it really isn’t necessary to say he or she thought or put the thoughts into italics. When doing this though, the whole scene needs to remain in that main character’s point of view.
Be careful about how you give the first or close third person hero or heroine’s description. Do not use looking in the mirror as a way to do it.
While in the heroine or hero's POV, remember he/she can't know what another person is thinking. In other words, don't jump inside another character's head. He/she can guess what someone is thinking by how they look, but you, the writer, must tell us, the reader, that's what the hero/heroine is doing.
What if you want to tell part of the story from another character's POV? Mary Higgins Clark tells her stories from various viewpoints. However, she never switches the POV in mid-scene. In fact, she usually begins a new chapter when she changes viewpoint.
It is possible to change POV in a scene, but you must let the reader know what's happening. This can be done with a smooth transition sentence that clearly lets the reader know the scene is now being seen through someone else's eyes. This is done far more often in romance novels than mysteries. I must warn you, this is difficult to do well.
An easier and more effective way to let the reader know something different is going to happen is to use a space break when you plan to make the POV switch. Identify the new POV character immediately.
Another problem writers have with Point-of-View is having the POV characters make comments about themselves in the narrative. Remember, the narrative is essentially the POV character's thoughts. Unless the POV character is narcissistic, writing that her legs are curvaceous, or mentioning the glint of golden highlights in her lustrous mane is not the most effective way to include her description. If you said something about how she liked the way her new shampoo brought out the golden highlights in her hair, or she was pleased with the way her legs looked in her new boots that might work. The same goes for a male POV character, find some way to describe him that doesn’t make the reader think he’s obsessed with his looks. Study the way your favorite writer includes bits of the hero or heroine's description.
This is where your writing skills come into play, how to describe your main character in a subtle and natural manner–and still remain in the character's POV.
Remember to use all your character's senses when describing what she or he sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels, both touch and emotions. Imagine what is happening as if it were you, describe what is going on through your character.
Stay in your POV character's head. Don't interrupt what is going on by putting in what I call "author asides." This is giving information in a manner that no longer sounds like your character.
Let your POV character learn things in a normal manner–or if she already knows something you want the reader to know, let her think about or remember about this piece of information.
There are whole books written on Point-of-View and various ways of using it. What I hope I've done here is given you a simple guide to the efficient use of POV in your writing.
Marilyn Meredith serves on the board of PSWA, is also member of MWA and Epic, and is a founder member of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series and the Rocky Bluff P.D.series, and other mysteries. To learn more about her work visit her website: http://fictionforyou.com
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
>> Blue Ice is now available from Amazon in e-format! <<
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The article points out that "having a lot of followers (of your blog, Facebook Page, etc.) with no clear idea of what to do with them will help you very little" and that there are three important strategies in using social networking: l. "Rather than looking for short term gains", think of the long haul to increase website traffic or followers for your Facebook page. 2. Build a community for your blog or Facebook page or other sites through interaction with your fans to develop a loyal following. 3. Share interesting information from other sources and start a dialogue. Basically, your page or blog should not be "all about you" but should be a balance between describing who you are and engaging others in interesting topics and content.
I found this article helpful as I ponder the use of social media and blogging sites in my marketing strategies for my own children's books. What do you think? Beryl
Friday, August 24, 2012
JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of
HELEN OSTERMAN gave an interview all about her character, Emma Winberry at Written Dreams: http://writtendreams.com/editingessentials/
It's good to be busy....See you next Friday!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
CLOSE UP is Kit Sloane's latest chapter in the the MARGOT & MAX MYSTERIES series...the one that gives us a peek at the escapades of that Hollywood power couple...Max, the movie mogul and Margot, tinsel town's most sought-after film editor.
Here's a blurb on the story: Margot and Max know how to cope with the murderous egos, high flying aspirations, and obsessive dreams of moviedom’s biggest and most revered stars.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
-- Debra McReynolds, writing as Marva Dale
author of "Death of a Flapper"
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I believe that all writing is to some extent autobiographical. Whether you're writing mystery, or romance, or science fiction, or western fiction, or mainstream, you're drawing on your own experience in some clear or subtle way. And at some point, I think it's wise for an author to pause in his or her creative career and write a memoir. It doesn't have to be totally factual, but it should tell honest stories to honor the experience of living a life. The story or book may not be published, or even publishable, but it's still worth doing. It's a way of keeping track of life's inventory.