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

 

 

REMEMBERING THE FIRST HALLOWEEN

 

 

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In 1978, a low-budget horror film opened in Kansas City, named “ HALLOWEEN.”

No One, least John Carpenter, thought the movie was  the kind of movie that would draw crowds. It was advertised as a county-fair haunted house movie, about a babysitter killer.

However to the surprise of many, it changed the horror genre for years to come.

The budget was a mere $300,000 split between the producer—John Carpenter, the creator—and Debra Hill who co-wrote the script. In choosing the cast, they used mostly unknown actors, except for Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Most critics dismissed the picture and called it just another maniac on the loose suspense.

Only a few critics saw Halloween for what it was. One of the critics was, Roger Ebert, who issued praise saying:

“Halloween is a visceral experience.  We aren’t seeing it—we are experiencing it.        It’s frightening.”

Today, a new Halloween film is making its way to the theatres, again with Jamie Lee Curtis.

Will you go to see it, or will you stay home giving out candy to the neighborhood children?

As for me,  I haven’t decided yet, but I am certain it will be an experience to remember and  frightening.

For a more complete story, about the original,  go to www.vulture.com by Jason Bailey

Happy Halloween,

Paula

 

AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

 

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AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

On July 1st 1776, Congressman Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a Resolution, later adopted in the late afternoon of July 4, 1776, as follows:

RESOLVED: That these United colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be totally dissolved.”

This important Resolution was made a designated National holiday for all Americans to  remember a significant moment in time, when the  United States declared itself a FREE Nation.

We, as Americans enjoy the freedom and independence fought for by our ancestors, and should take this opportunity to be thankful for the men and women who built this country, fought for the freedom of this country, and still serve to keep us a free and independent Nation.

Happy July 4th, Paula

 

 

CONFUSED ABOUT KEYWORDS?

 

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I was also, until I found a Booklet with the best advice, and easy to understand information on the subject of keywords.

What are Keywords?

They are the words and phrases that searchers enter when looking for something on the web. The search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo scan websites, for these words

Example:  You have a website catering to baking and selling pies؅—a customer types in pies, and receive a list of websites selling pies.  However, you specialize in Apple Pies. You need a more specific phrase other than “pies” such as “Best Apple Pies”, which may offer a list of potential customers interested only in apple pies. Choosing the right keywords can bring you success by bringing the search engines to all websites specializing in best apple pies, rather than pies.

Before you make this important decision, think like a customer and type in all keywords relevant to apple pies. Google suggests about 15-20 keywords. If you are a prime member of Amazon, you can download, FREE, books on Keyword planning.  For Google click below:

(https://adwords.google.com/home/tools/keyword-planner/ ) .

Did you know that statistics show that when people search on line, the landing page gets clicked on 70% of the time.  So, the landing page needs Keywords. However, search engines crawl over each page of your website. Hence—all pages should contain the keywords your audience is searching for, thereby improving maximum visibility of the website.

Do you write Articles or a Blog?  Use a keyword relevant to what the article is about, or the topic of your Blog.  They should be placed in two places, as suggested by the Reference Guide. First, place your keyword in the title—next, once in the article body, especially in either the first or last paragraph.

Well, we are not baking apple pies—we are Writers, and authors, who need to find the best Keywords for our latest story. Test it now by typing in keywords relevant to your genre, be it History, Thriller, Romance, Young Adult, or Horror, and see what keywords fit. You should come up with lots of good choices, which you can use over and over.

For more information, including :Common Keyword Mistakes”, How to Know if you have the Right Keywords, Search Volumes, and more,  pick up the book below:

‘THE UNTIMATE SEO KEYWORD REFERENCE GUIDE”
by Gary Bernier and Stephen Semple.

Happy Searching,
Paula

 

              HONORING ALL MOTHERS

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All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”  Abraham Lincoln

 

It was not that long ago that the first celebration of Mother’s Day occurred, when Anna Jarvis, in 1908, held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in West Virginia.

 It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, and is celebrated yearly on the second Sunday in May.  Soon after, Hallmark Cards and other companies started selling Mother’s Day cards. The Holiday grew, and grew until now, weeks before, all stores are filled with flowers, candies, perfumes and jewelry to give mother..

However, there is more to Mother’s Day than Gifts. It is a time to show your thanks for all the times she was there for you, and still is— with deeds done without asking —with kindness, compassion,  and strength given you to cope with life’s ups and downs, and for guiding you through tears and smiles, all with an unconditional love.

Try speaking from your heart, thanking her for the all she has done in guiding you to become the person you are

            Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers… Paula

STEPS TO CREATING YOUR CHARACTER

When I wrote my blog in May, 2017, “HOW TO BUILD A FICTIONAL CHARACTER,” I promised more on the subject of bringing characters to life. Today, we will cover the character driven story.`

First: Decide whether to create your character from inside out (first person) or outside in (third person). If writing in the first person, you have access to your character’s appearance, thoughts and events.  If writing in the third person, the reader is detached from the character and relies on others for information.

When introducing all characters, especially your main character, your Second action is to apply the five W’s:  WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY and WHERE.  Remember, every character has a purpose; is driven by circumstances, and wants something.  If the five W’s do not apply to all characters, consider not naming or omitting them entirely. (Characters do think, feel and act, like real people.)

WHO is your character—male or female,  age, occupation?

WHAT is the purpose, need, or circumstance?who-what-where-when-why[1]

WHEN does your story begin—year, period of time?

WHY is character taking the course of action?

WHERE does your story take place?

Other traits to consider when introducing characters:  Is your character capable of surprise, or disappointment? Are your main characters convincing or always not clear about what he or she wants?

When working I n the first person, because you have access to a character’s thoughts and actions, you can create a rich, imaginative, person—observing their every move and reaction.  Hint: In describing appearance, why not give your character one distinguishing feature—one your reader can relate to.

EXAMPLE: “When first we meet, I tend to give the impression of weakness and vulnerability, but once you know me, you will find I am a strong- and resilient individual, determined to have my own way.”

When writing in the third person, you introduce your character by reporting a first impression given by another. However, you can use the same dramatic descriptions of appearance and actions.

EXAMPLE:   “When first meeting Alison, one would consider her weak and vulnerable, but later find she is of strong character, resilient, and determined to have her own way.”

I have used both first person and third person, and while I find third person easier, I love having control of the inner thoughts of my protagonist, something a person on the outside cannot see or feel.

Like this post, or have suggestions?—Send me your thoughts, and what you want to read next.

Blog –May, 2017:  HOW TO BUILD A FICTIONAL CHARACTER

Happy writing, Paula
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