IMPROVE YOUR WRITING READY TO EDIT At last! After months of work, I sent my novel-in-progress to my substantive editor. This is the editor who will delve into the overall story, characters, plot, and writing. She’ll point out places where I should dig deeper into my characters and flag scenes with ‘talking heads’ that would …
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March AUTHOR OF THE MONTH
JIMMY BROCCOLI Jimmy Broccoli is a Library Branch manager by day and a published poet by night with a mission to inspire his readers through imaginative poetic storytelling. His work has been featured within several publications – with Jimmy’s first two full collections of poetry, “Damaged” and “Rabbits” available through Amazon. His third collection, “Boy”, …
Humor Writing – is SERIOUS Business
Humor writing in general is not easy and for the most part, it is not spontaneous. It takes practice and it takes knowing your audience. Because it is subjective, humor writing takes sensitivity. You might decide to do a piece about your Aunt Gertrude suffering with dementia.
Train Into the Valley of Madness Episode 1
The Conductor strode easily up and down the aisle of the train moving from car to car assisting where needed and admonishing where necessary. Mostly he simply observed, but his attention had a shadow to it masked with a sly grin.
Does Your Mystery Novel Series Need an Overall Story Arc?
I write my novels using the Three Act Structure, with aspects of The Hero’s Journey. Since the middle act is twice as long as the others, I treat it as a four-act structure. As I finished Winter’s Rage, it struck me that the first three books in the series echoed the first three acts of each novel.