CURVES

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:





                  

LIFE’S CURVES

    •                         by Paula Perron

We all have curves in our life

that causes us constant strife

We all have waves that we ride       

  that change daily with the tide      

None are excluded from this ache     

We all know the steps to take

Help those that cannot carry on     

Do what you can when called upon

This is the time for all to pray   

That this Curve does not stay

 

  





WHAT IS BELOW

by Paula Perron

Is it something you find under

the sink where a pipe is leaking

so bad it sounds like thunnder

and just needs a little tweaking

Is it beneath the sea where creatures thrive

So deep you will never know

Except when you catch one alive

and bring it up to show

Is it lower than a long skirt hem

Some women love to wear

Or the short skirts worn by them

who really do not care

The answer to what is below

It is easy for me to see

It’s not lesser, beneath, lower or under

Because they are all the same to me


			

WITH THESE HANDS

by Paula Perron

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
	
	
	
	

FAVORITE DISH

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.

CABIN FEVER

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.

LET EVERY WORD COUNT

Every great writer has mastered the art of rhythm and flow in creating every sentence of their novel by using the right words.

YOU CAN TOO WITH A FEW TIPS
  1. 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.
  2. .Eliminate all fancy complicated words, and use simple words, such as.  Acquire—use “ Get:” Initiate— use “begin”, Relinquish— use “let go, or give up
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 There are more interesting tips coming. If you are registered on my web site, you will be notified every time a new one is posted. If not registered: what are you waiting for. Sign up Now!.

REMEMBER: A few simple tips can make all the difference in your reader’s understanding of the mood and meaning you are conveying.

Have a great day, Paula

       

SELF-PUBLISHING OR NOT

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?

     Paula

FORESHADOWING

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 crime.

 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.

             Examples of Foreshadowing:

 “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 misfortune.

 “It was a dark and stormy night”— for-tells an unfortunate event that will occur later.

             Other 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.

        Try Foreshadowing…….Paula

HOW TO CREATE A GREAT TAGLINE

Someday the years of struggle
will strike you as the most beautiful
SIGMUND FREUD

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.

  What 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.

If you 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 your book.           

Because of the importance of your Tagline, you may want to enlist the help of someone.

However, whatever you do, keep trying new combinations until the right one is found.

Here’s to a successful TAGLINE, Paula

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