MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS

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MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS

In the 20’s and 30’s Louis Armstrong inspired Jazz

  Duke Ellington gave it pizzazz

Ella Fitzgerald came around then

Gene Autry was in the saddle again

We go to the 40’s and in demand

Is Harry James and his band

Tommy Dorsey plays his best

Doris day is his guest

It’s the 50’s and who should appear

New Groups and Singers I had to hear

Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Cash

Kay Starr, Loretta Lynn, Ink Spots, make a splash

In the 60’s and 70’s, Pop Music is in

Beach Boys, Beatles, Carpenters win

Elton John, Carole King, Marvin Gaye

Hot. Hot, Hot, all the way

The 80’s on there’s lots of mix

Country, Pop and Rock gives us the fix

Rihanna, Phil Collins, Taylor Swift, all great

Take the time to listen, don’t wait

TOO MUCH ADVICE?

                                                                       

                                               IS IT GOOD OR BAD ADVICE?

In the latest issue of “Writers Digest” is an article by Jeff Somers, I had to pass on to my readers. I can only cover some of his topics due to the length.

As writers, we carefully edit our manuscript, correcting any mistakes, and pay special attention to correct punctuation, wording, etc. before releasing it for publication.  Many of us, including myself, seek the opinions of friends, family, authors, and volunteers willing to read the novel, as the last check before submission.

In addition to the opinions of my family and friends, I read everything I found by those I considered authorities, but I was confused and conflicted about different interpretations of the same advice. In the back of my head was the same question until I read this wonderful Article.

QUESTION: When is it okay to NOT follow the advice given you by others, Read below what Jeff  Somers wrote about “THE RULES’.

  1. WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW:  Write what you know was not meant to reject your imagination.  You can write about stuff you know nothing about— just write a story you want to read.
  • SHOW DON’T TELL: When showing injects unnecessary verbosity, don’t.  That rule implies that “telling” is Lazy, while showing takes real talent. You need to balance the showing and the telling, 
  • WRITE EVERY DAY:  The discipline of working regularly is good and stops you from being one of those who talks about writing but never does. But, not all can write every day.  Think of it as a goal, not a requirement.
  • KILL YOUR DARLINGS:It is probably the most misunderstood and misapplied piece of writing advice in the history of writing. Don’t delete writing you like and never look back.
  • INVEST IN A THESAURUS: Having a large vocabulary as an author is great—but it’s only half the battle. You need to feel comfortable, and your word choices should fit your characters.
  • NEVER WRITE A PROLOGUE:The implication is that you are an amateur. In reality it is possible to pull off a prologue, but you need purpose.
  • AVOID THE PASSIVE VOICE: Yes, it is grammatically correct, and we are told it is lazy writing. However, there are forms of passive that are acceptable and necessary.

 I hope the above encourages you to subscribe to this wonderful magazine and read the entire article.

Happy writing, Paula

THE FINAL CHAPTER

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Want to Leave your Readers Hungry for your Next Novel?

The final chapter, of your novel is written and you believe it will be satisfying to your readers, with no loose ends and unanswered questions.  But, are your readers hungry for your next novel? If there is any doubt in your mind, below are some useful suggestions before you begin the Final Chapter..

1.Leave room:  for your readers’ imaginations and allow them to picture what happens next, without being told: “They lived happily ever after.”
 
2.Foreshadow: Plant seeds in advance—small clues that will make the end seem natural.
 
3.Build-up Mystery:  A good mystery needs a build-up toward the climax with lots of twists and turns during the telling of the story.
 
4.Pace: To create a mystery, write shorter scenes, sentences and chapters to increase the momentum.  Save the largest scene for your last Chapter.
 
5.Reveal:  Show how your characters changed in the story.
 
6.Romance:  For romances, the above are still important. If a romantic mystery, use the same pace as #4..  All romances need a build-up- but without many complications, either  between the lovers, or the events that get in the way of a happy union.
 
7. Similar Book endings:  Check other books similar to your story, and review how the author ended the final chapter.  Try several options—put them aside—then read again, later, and see which one makes the most sense for your story.

In my opinion, one of the best storytellers of mystery and suspense was the late Alfred Hitchcock. His television series always had an unexpected ending—one I never anticipated, and although it was not always a happy ending; but always satisfying. Each of his stories is a lesson for mystery writers.  His movies, too,  are well worth seeing. ( Shocking, Frightening, and deliciously, wickedly Amazing.)

Happy Ending,Paula

 

 

HOW TO SELF-EDIT

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The final draft of your book is done.  Now you get to  relax?.  No, you can’t.!

The next step is to self-edit—the edit you, as author, should do. After all, it is a Draft , and only you are familiar with the story, and can easily correct  all self-made errors , like noticing  where your story wanders away from  the scene being played out. Or when characters are not clearly defined ,and how about incorrect spellings, punctuation errors, and poor  word choices.

First print all the pages of your book. Then as you read, correct the errors you find on the printed  page, and  then on the computer.

A FEW SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Use words your reader can relate to—Simple words and not  words needing the use of a dictionary.  Remember, the more the reader stops, the less interest he or she has in  continuing.
  2. Show don’t Tell.— Use an action word to show, anger, instead of saying : He is angry. Example: He slammed the door behind him
  3. Do not use the word almost. Example, She almost cried.   The character either cried, or did not.
  4. Don’t sermonize or preach to your reader.
  5. Try reading your novel out loud. You may find areas where improvement is needed
  6. Omit Clichés and use “said” for dialogue instead of “explained, declared, etc.”

After you complete your self-edit, then retain the services of a professional Editor so your book is finally ready for publication,  and, at long last, you can either rest, or begin another story.

 

Don’t ever give up in frustration, Paula

 

 

 

 

 

apology to all my followers

Please go to page listed as BOOKS, where you will find information on my newest novel, STEERED BY DESTINY.

THIS APOLOGY IS A LONG TIME COMING TO YOU, MY FOLLOWERS. To make up for the delay, I am offering a FREE copy of the Book, when published. Read details on that page. Thanks for your loyalty. Paula

MOLDING REAL PEOPLE INTO FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

The style of writing about public figures using, made-up characters, was defined by French novelist, Madeleine DeScudery, in the Seventeen century. She wanted to write about public figures, so she disguised them with made-up names; and altered personalities. She also altered all actual events by writing events that resembled the original happenings. This style became known as “The Roman a’ Clef,” translated from French meaning, “novel with a key”.

If you are considering writing characters inspired by real people, here are a few helpful tips to avoid anyone recognizing similarities, that may result in a lawsuit.

  1. Change your character’s name…no matching initials; no rhyming. Change hair color and style, facial features, description, body physique, wardrobe, family and backstory.
  2. If in real life, your character has daughters, give him or her sons. Married, or single. Do not forget the backstory.
  3.  Combine two real life characters, into one. It will make your character more interesting. If in real life, your character is a private person, change to a winning personality, or give the character an amazing storyline, to give more exposure.
  4. Be careful of duplicating too many traits of your real person.
  5. Do not allow the characters to dictate your story. Your story is always first.
  6. If after reviewing all your characters you find that one of the characters gets in the way of your story, try to change its personality. If that does not seem to work, drop that character.

          Good Luck!  Paula

FATHERS’ DAY

DAD
We cherish all
That you are to us
Father, friend,
advisor, and confidant
There will never be
Anyone like you,
Who offers love,
understanding, courage
And strength
Because of you,
we can accept 
what challenges life has to offer
and believe that
every day
brings a new opportunity

	HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Paula

MEMORIAL DAY 2022

 On May 30 2022, we honor those who gave their lives in protection of the United States of America. Beginning with the Civil War, Americans, young and old, take this day to remember our fallen Heroes in many ways.

            Most proudly display the American flag, our token of a free country, to honor the fallen.

            Some visit Battlefields, where American soldiers fought and died, and Cemeteries’ place small American flags on every grave.

            Many attend Memorial Day parades where veterans march proudly, honoring their comrades.

            Families assemble for a moment of silence, before an outdoor gathering, paying tribute to a family member who did not return home.

            There are pictures on the walls of our homes, we look at each day, and they are there to remind us of their sacrifices.     

            Americans, will never forget those we honor today!

Paula

MOTHERS’ DAY

The beginning of Mother’s Day was the project of ANNA JARVIS, who, in 1905; the day her mother died, wanted to honor her, and held a public memorial in Grafton, West Virginia, her mother’s hometown. Ms. Jarvis continued to campaign for an annual holiday, acknowledging parents, and it was first observed nationwide on May 10, 1908. Mother’s Day is always on the second Sunday of May each year, as an acknowledgment of the contributions made by all parents in America.

                        A little Prose in honor of Mothers:

To MOM:

It is wonderful to know that our family

Is held together by a chain of love

That is so strong it will never be broken

Because you are the Strongest Link

                         HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY TO ALL MOMS

                                                                                     PAULA

ALL FOOLS’ DAY-APRIL 1ST

April Fools’ day, also known at All Fools’ Day is thought to have begun in 1582 when France switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and/or  in 1563, when the Council of Trent began calling it April Fools’ Day. The English in 1700 started the popular tradition by playing practical jokes on one another. It spread throughout Britain during the 18th century and then to Scotland who made it a two-day celebration.

There are many funny quotes about April Fools’ Day. I thought I would share a few and hope you find them funny also.

 “LET US BE THANKFUL FOR THE FOOLS. But for them the rest of us could not succeed:” MARK TWAIN.

A fool flatters himself; a wise man flatters the fool.” EDWARD G. BULWER-LYTTON

“Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” (Chinese Proverb)

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes” WINSTON CHURCHILL.

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” WILL ROGERS

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something” PLATO

Happy April Fools’Day, Paula

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HOW TO CHOOSE A POINT OF VIEW

BEFORE WE START, LET US GO OVER THE POINTS OF VIEW

FIRST PERSON: One of the characters is the narrator of your story.

SECOND PERSON: A character is built around the “YOU” pronoun—” The narrator is speaking directly to you. (This is, not used much)

THIRD PERSON: The author is the narrator and refers to character as he/she. By using this method, the third person can move anywhere in your story, including following one character, and revealing thoughts and feelings of that character, and the reader experiences what the character feels and thinks.

Some stories need more than one point of view. If you decide you want two or more different points of view, each character should have a voice in the story and, a backstory. Try using the Protagonist, and the Antagonist as the two to have a voice in your story.

CAUTION: Using too many characters, having points of view may confuse your reader.

An interesting way to add interest, to your story, and keep your reader in suspense, is to have two characters, telling the same story, but with different opinions and facts. This can prove to be confusing, so be certain to use clear dialogue and action tags so the reader can tell who is speaking. It is easier the first time, to choose one of the main characters, (such as the Protagonist) who will receive more focus in the story, as your, First Person narrator. Sometimes the Antagonist is a more exciting choice. It all depends on the story.

    Try all Points of View- Its’ fun—Paula

A NOTE TO MYSELF

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I wrote myself a note today
To share with you in this way
Some you heard as you grew
Some you may think as new

Keep on learning day and night
Never, never give up the fight
Show others kindness when you can
Help to choose a worthy plan

Keep those you love very close
Share your love in a large dose
Support those who need it most
be a gracious, thoughtful host

Be ready to serve when called upon
Be the person they all count on
Trust the faith in your heart
To direct your choices from the start

Be happy in all you do
The best of life will come to you
When the threat comes to an end
You will always have a friend

HOW TO GET REVIEWS

HOW TO GET REVIEWS

Before you launch your new Novel, the next step, for authors, is to get reviews. I know some of you will ask why is it important you do this first?

 Book reviews play an important part in the marketing and sales of any new Book.  Reviewers have the expertise and knowledge to evaluate the material, decide if it will appeal to readers, and its sales ability, as they read, and they always give an honest analysis.

 Sure, you can use family, or friends, to read and review your book, but due to their closeness to you, the author, their reviews are not generally considered.  Some retailers will not allow a family members or close friends to publish a review.

It is suggested when looking for a reviewer, try Goodreads, Reddit, your social website, other blogs, or if you have a print or e-book format, you can hand out some to your readers, allowing them the time to read and review it.

There are sites that are free such as, Choosy, Bookworm, Readers’ Favorite. Search on-line for reviewers such as book clubs, author newsletters, and book websites.   

 Planning, before publication, will get the word out about your book early, and build up your readership. To further help, consider writing a blog, or use social media to advertise the publication of the book, and ask for Reviewers by giving away a free book, free shipping or a discount for a limited time.

Good Luck to all— Paula