FIXING A STALLED NOVEL
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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: We have all been there at least once, The story idea will not gel, or the novel begins to unravel. Mary has some excellent ideas to help writers. In Part One, she explains the idea of a design layer including idea, concept, premise and theme. Part Two is an extensive discussion of the finesse of creating a character arc. The focus in Part Three is the skeleton of a plot, making the plot zing, and weaving the plot. Good stuff for writers.
5 REASONS TO CONSIDER USING AN OMNISCIENT NARRATOR by Brenda Berg
EDITOR’S COMMENT: I must confess I love writing in the omniscient point of view. Brenda describes the omniscient narrator and discusses why the point of view may be useful and how it can be used. She explains the readers get to know multiple characters, there is more flexible narration, adds dramatic irony, and moves quickly between scenes. She notes the technique is helpful writing epic stories.
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
WRITING TIPS: 7 STRATEGIES FOR WRITING SUSPENSE by Joanna Penn
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Joanna lays down some helpful tips for the writers considering a suspense novel. Her tips include how to keep the plot moving, using locations and props to build suspense, and avoiding clichéd stereotypes. A key tip is involving the reader in the suspense.
HOW TO USE CONTENT FROM OTHER BLOGS WITHOUT VIOLATING COPYRIGHT by Jason Keath
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Talk about an Excedrin a headache, step on a copyright. This is a must-read article for anyone writing a blog. Jason talks about fair use which allows the writer to use the content of others. There are four guidelines to avoid stepping on a landmine. The use of certain photographs without permission can lead to an ugly day.
EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE EXPONENTIALLY WITH SMART GOODREADS MARKETING by Kate Sullivan
EDITOR’S COMMENT: Kate does a wonderful job for anyone considering moving sideways with their social media and utilize Goodreads. She gives a thorough discussion on Goodreads ads, adding your books to lists, and how to run a great giveaway. Kate’s article and I are going to spend some serious time together.
HARLEQUIN CLOSING FIVE LINES, INCLUDING KIMANI ROMANCE by Kay Taylor Rea
EDITOR’S COMMENT: The marketplace is forever changing. Amazon has been on a tear. Now Harlequin is making changes. Black women authors will be impacted. Westerns are also on the chopping block.
HOW TO BE A ZEBRA ON SOCIAL MEDIA by Molly Jo Realy
EDITOR’S COMMENT: This is a good motivational article for anyone looking at the behemoth called social media and wondering where to start. What I like about this article is Molly gives a roadmap for achieving success.
SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT
“I liked Seth.
The book and the man.”
Kat yelled into her cell phone. “Seth! I spotted Escobar.”
“Jack’s Liquor. Fourth and Taylor. I’m turning around.”
“Call for backup.”
Lit up, sirens screaming, two backup black and white patrol cars raced toward Kat while she did a U-turn on Taylor. Spotting Escobar jumping into the passenger side of a beat up Dodge Charger, Kat slammed on the brakes, stopped a foot short of the trunk of the Charger. Jumping out, she stood behind the open door, leveled her Glock 22 service pistol at the driver.
“Driver, both hands on the steering wheel, now!”
Guns drawn, two other officers joined her, their weapons leveled at the occupants.
In her loudest voice, Kat said, “Passenger, hands on the dash.” Escobar didn’t move.
Kat covered the driver while an officer opened the door, threw Escobar to the ground. “The officer told
you to put your hands on the dash.” A second officer moved up to cover.
“Driver! Open the door with your left hand,” Kat said. “Keep your right hand on the steering wheel.” Crying hysterically, the girl complied. “Driver, now step out of the car, walk backward to the sound of my voice.”
The girl was walking backward when a third police cruiser pulled up.
“Cuff her,” Kat said and raced around to the two officers who were wrestling with Escobar on the ground. She jumped into the fray, pressing her knee into his neck.
“I gotta em cuffed,” an officer said.
Escobar cried out in pain.
“He’s cuffed,” another officer said.
Pulling Escobar up to his feet, Kat pushed him against the car. “Escobar, you’re charged with resisting arrest and suspicion of murder.”
“You’re dead, bitch.”
“You are also charged with threatening a police officer. And if you keep it up, you’ll be charged with pissing me off.”