In this section I share some of my personal thoughts and feelings drawn from a variety of life experiences that inspired me to write about them. These experiences often indirectly shape my writing style and subject matter but don’t necessarily apply to the act of writing.
This is a good time to write about Curves we all have felt in life, especially now with COVID-19. I am at home like many of us Americans, trying to keep a positive outlook for the future of all of us and our country. I joined the “Discover Prompt, loving it, and today’s being CURVES, and it follows below:
With these hands I learned to clap
when I thought something was funny
With these hands I held my first Easter egg
and cuddled my first Bunny
With these hands I learned to eat by myself
and after wash them with soap
With these hands I learned to jump
without tripping on the rope
With these hands I learned to read and write
my very own name
With these hands I learned to climb
poles and bars on a metal frame
With these hands I learned to be a leader
staying at the top of my class
With these hands I learned one final thing
not to let a good thing pass
Everyone has a favorite food—one Mom made on special occasions, when you were little, or one you learned how to make when Mom took the time out of her busy life to teach you. For many, it is a steak grilled to perfection.—or, hamburgers with or without cheese, and special sauce— or Mexican, Chinese, Indian— or a trip to your favorite Italian restaurant for dinner. I am a fan of Lasagna- All it takes is sauce, ricotta, eggs, meat, spices, cheese, and of course lasagna macaroni.
. So here is my ODE to Pasta By Paula Perron
Pasta pasta every day I can eat it any way
Tomatoes make the perfect sauce Spices add a lot of course
Fry the sausage, and other meat Cook for hours…impressive feat
I have to taste the very best Lasanga Lasanga beats the rest
I can extend this poem if you wish But I can’t wait to eat this dish.
Like everyone else, I am confined to my home for the last three weeks, and I am finding things to do that will keep me interested. One item I am anxious to partner with the new Discover Prompts, by Ben Huberman, going on until April 23rd. They are on day 4. and every day there will be a different prompt.Today the Prompt is “STREET” I had the best time writing this poem—it took my mind off the lockdown for a bit. Here it is:
On The Street By Paula Perron
I wish I lived on the street Where all our neighbors walk To greet them each and every day Then I could stop and talk.
I wish I lived on the street Where children always play I’d catch a ball with both my hands A strike that got away
I wish I lived on the street Where all is well and good And And life has meaning all the time But not ever in my neighborhood.
Every great writer has mastered the art of rhythm and flow in creating every sentence of their novel by using the right words.
Listen to the language of the general public wherever you go and learn those words to add realism to your novel’s dialogue. Save them to use over and over.
.Eliminate all fancy complicated words, and use simple words, such as. Acquire—use “ Get:” Initiate— use “begin”, Relinquish— use “let go, or give up”
Use a Thesaurus (one of my favorite tools). Also, use a dictionary to be certain the word you chose means what you think it should.
We know we should stay away from adverbs such as using rapidly instead of “fast”; plays beautifully instead of “well done”; or words ending in “ LY”… so try to replace them with another word. Try action verbs when possible.
SHOW…DON’T TELL, an important tip to use the five senses to get your point across.
You can find more on this subject, using the Dictionary; Grammarly; Thesaurus, Google, and the Web. However, this should give you a good place to begin.
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REMEMBER: A few simple tips can make all the difference in your reader’s understanding of the mood and meaning you are conveying.
The editing, re-writing, and more editing, and re-writing is finally completed. Now, are you searching for an agent/publisher, or considering self-publishing? Many up-and-coming authors have found success by self-publishing through one of several companies. However, before you decide, I suggest you research first as there are good and bad features with both.
The Good Features: Self-publishing service is usually fast. Distribution covers the United States, as well as many other countries. Royalties offered may be higher than Traditional publishing. On Demand printing is offered by some, thereby increasing sales. Some offer a free ISBN number, (required) and some may offer your book for sale on its’ Website. One offers free printing but requires it be the distributor.
The Not So Good Features: You, as author, are responsible for the entire expense of printing. Cover design, editing, formatting, converting to an e-format and changes to your manuscript will cost extra. You may also be responsible for copyright, an ISBN number, marketing and distribution. You may be required to grant exclusive publishing rights for years.
Considering Traditional Publishing?
Begin with researching to find an agent and/or publisher. Writer’s Market, and Writers Digest, generally publishes agents looking for new authors. Send a Query letter, indicating the category, a synopsis of your novel, the market audience your book is meant for, and a description of yourself. If accepted, publisher pays all costs for editing, printing, and distribution. It may take months before you see it in print. Agent receives commission out of your proceeds. Your royalties may not be as high. No need to copyright your book prior to publication. Publisher handles that on behalf of the author.
For more information” Check the booklets available online, giving you the pros and cons of Self-Publishing vs. Traditional publishing.
NOTE: Won’t you share your experience and help other writers make a tough decision?
What is foreshadowing, and would you
want to use it?
Foreshadowing is the popular way many
authors give the reader an advance hint of what is to happen later in the
story. There are numerous ways to use foreshadowing. One way is to have a
lesser character foreshadow an event —or, use it during a conversation between
characters. Many writers find it a great addition to the plot, adding suspense,
and expectations of what is to come. Mystery authors use it by implying that
one character is acting suspiciously, when, in reality, another committed the
Some authors like to give an early warning at
the beginning of the novel. Others use
it as major events unfold throughout the novel. There are examples of
foreshadowing in the “HARRY POTTER” novels like students hearing something in
the walls, preceding a monster they discover later. To foreshadow an event, you could mention it
by name with a warning that something is going to happen.
“LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD”- told not to stop on
her way to grandma’s house.
“STAR WARS, DARTH VADAR’S”- shadow is behind
Anakin, foreshadowing who Anakin will grow up to be.
“PETER RABBIT”- told by Mrs. Rabbit
not to go into Mr. MacGregor’s garden.
He does and gets in trouble.
EVERYDAY PHRASES: “Curiosity killed the cat.” —for-tells
“It was a dark and stormy night”—
for-tells an unfortunate event that will occur later.
ways to Foreshadow:
Language can create a visual picture of what to expect.
A contradiction between what is expected and what actually happens.
One I particularly like is a Flashback, telling something that
happened in the past— as a clue about what might happen later in the story. You
could plant little clues throughout the story hinting the story’s outcome. For
authors who outline, you could add foreshadowing or a flashback to your
outline. For those who do not, and that
includes myself foreshadow or flashback can be inserted as you write.
Why use a Tagline for your latest Novel? Because it gives your reader more information about you and about your book. It is different from the short synopsis you place on the back cover. The tagline is a great way to hook the interest of readers who have little time, and the online surfers, who usually allow ten seconds to read it, become interested and buy it. Authors use Taglines for their books—Advertisers use Taglines for marketing products, and Movies have had Taglines since the early 1900’s.
These marketing slogans have proven their worth by lasting
years and years, without change. Here are
a few advertising Taglines still in use:
“KFC’s “Finger Lickin’ Good”, Wheaties, “Breakfast of Champions, and the
one for the Army: “Be all you can be”.
The first movie released with a tagline was
a Poster designed by Jules Cheret, a Frenchman, promoting a short film in
1890. In 1895, they depicted an actual Train
Scene from the film “Arrival of a train”.
In 1910, the studios produced their own, with special border art,
titles, Studio logos, and “slogans” or Taglines. Did you know the Number One Tagline from all
Movies is 1979’s “ALIEN”—“In space, no one can hear you scream.”
To continue,—you need a Tagline for your novel. Let us assume your novel
is a love story. Here are a few thoughts that will make a tagline effective.
is the conflict or basis of the story (love or career)—what is the meaning of
your story (can she do both?)—Emphasize an important quality of your character
(Determined, stubborn)—Highlight something distinctive about the novel (does
love win?)—Inspire the reader’s curiosity, by not telling all, but just enough
to interest them—the genre of the novel? (Romance, Young Adult).
Start each word with the same letter: Example, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.
Rhyming: Love came to her in a dream…but was it all a scheme? The tagline tells you it is a love story, with a mysterious character, and it may not turn out well.
Try a short, dynamic tagline like: “Love hurts.” Sometimes the shorter the tagline, the more interest
in your book, and the urge to buy it.
quote something in the novel, maybe what your character says, use it as a Tagline.
Your fans will recognize it and the result will be an increased enthusiasm for
Because of the
importance of your Tagline, you may want to enlist the help of someone.
whatever you do, keep trying new combinations until the right one is found.
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’.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
hope the above encourages you to subscribe to this wonderful magazine and read
the entire article.