Monthly Archives: August 2013

Show, Don’t Tell—Using Setting to Deepen Your Characters

Great post by Kristen Lamb, author of RIse of the Machines – Human Authors in a Digital World

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Social media is an amazing tool, and it is a wonderful time to be a writer, but, I am going to point out the pink elephant in the room. We still have to write a darn good book. If we don’t write a darn good book, then no amount of promotion can help us. Sorry. That’s like putting lipstick on a wildebeest.

Not only am I here to help you guys ROCK building an author platform, but I’m also here to train you to be stronger writers…and make you eat your veggies and sit up straight. You, in the back. Did you take your vitamins this morning? Posture! Did you floss? They don’t call me the WANA Mama for nothing, you know ;).

Many times I am asked to expound on the difference between showing and telling. Setting is a great tool to do exactly that.

Today we are going…

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Is it Friday Yet? ( Aug 22)

Gaston courtesy of Maxine from France (originally posted on Cuteoverload.com)

Ever have one of those days (particularly on Thursday) where it feels like you are overloaded and just have too much work? The mutant couch has conspired to devour you whole before you get any work done. Never fear there is always hope. One day at a time is my motto and sometimes you need to let the couch win. Take a break, recharge your batteries and start fresh tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Friday!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Is it Friday Yet? post, or just a comment (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Awesome post for writers by Author Kristen Lamb.

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There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING. Today we’re going to talk about some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.

When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.

There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing blunders you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.

#1 The Brutal Truth about Adverbs, Metaphors and Similes

I have never met an adverb, simile, or metaphor I…

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Wordless Wednesday (Aug 21)

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WWW Wednesdays (Aug 21)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Promise (Soul Savers, #1)Currently Reading: Promise (soul Savers#1) by Kristie Cook so far is very good and I am really enjoying it.

Shift (Shade, #2) Recently Finished: Shift (shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready. I was equally impressed with this second installment of the series. Here is a link to my review:

https://cynthiastacey.com/2013/08/15/shift-shade-2-by-jeri-smith-ready/

Next for me?

Deity (Covenant, #3) Deity (covenant #3) by Jennifer Armentrout. I Downloaded this on my Kindle the other day and can’t wait to start. The first two were awesome and I expect the same from this.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Are You a “Real” Writer? Is This Even the Correct Question?

Awesome article from author Kristen Lamb

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When we begin this dream of writing, there are a number of hurdles we must pass if we hope to become successful. Some of those obstacles are on the outside, yet many are internal battles. If we waste precious energy fretting over the things we have no way to change? That’s valuable creative energy that can be focused on what’s within the domain of our responsibility.

Schrodinger’s Cat Writer—Who is a “Real Writer”?

I see blogs about this all the time, and I’ve been through this myself. We fall into existential thinking. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it fall? Or, if a writer writes a bazillion words and no one reads them, is the writer a “real writer?” Personally, I am into practicality, not philosophy.

I don’t believe it is a case of “real writer” or “fake/poseur/hobbyist writer.”

Oh…

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Teaser Tuesday (Aug 20)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Seth glanced over his shoulder at me as Leon opened the door. Darkness had already started to fall, but the shadow that crept over Seth’s face was no product of the night.

I tried to build up the wall around me.

And I failed.

Deity (Covenant, #3) Deity (covenant #3) by Jennifer Armentrout

I couldn’t resist reading this since I finished the last two instalments of the series. I’m hooked. Here is a link to my review of the first two books:

https://cynthiastacey.com/2013/06/19/half-blood-covenant-1-by-jennifer-armentrout/

https://cynthiastacey.com/2013/07/22/pure-jennifer-armentrout/

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!