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Freelance Fright ~ Part I

April 30, 2014
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As a newbie to the freelance world, I so understand this…
Let you experiences in the comments. The more we share the more we learn and grow.

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Before I get started, I’d like to answer an email received, the answer provided is a bit in depth, so bear with me as I take care of this:

Q:What do you do when you feel not so free when you’re freelancing writing?

A: I read

Thank you for your patience…


I freelance write when I have time. It’s not difficult and it brings in extra cash whenever I want. There’s always an array of topics available online. Something is bound to capture your interest. I can understand your hesitation. I hope this blog reaches out and calms those fears of freelancing.

Freelance writing is a versatile and competitive field. There are many subjects and just as many so called experts on the subjects. I compare freelancing to an auction. You spend hours placing bids on various ads. From there it’s the proverbial wait game. You click on your email…

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Are Your Novels Pigeon-Holed Into Genres – Do You Want To Break Free..?

April 28, 2014
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For many authors pigeon holing our work into specific genre’s is difficult and this fact is reflected in the sub-genres that are being created almost daily. We can also use a technique where by we utilize several ‘genre headings’ in our description. Such as the list here: https://www.worldswithoutend.com/resources_sub-genres.asp , which only deals with fantasy and sci-fi, but however gives you some indication of how the selection works. So there is a method open to us to use our genre description as a way to entice more than one ‘type’ of reader.  Romance readers would never go to the horror section first but if the description was something like – romantic suspense – then maybe they would pick up your book.

It is a matter of looking at your story and defining the main theme, even if it is underlining thread throughout the narrative. My novel, Life in Slake Patch is an alternative world order but basically has a young man trying to change the ‘laws’ so he can be with the woman he loves. It can be described as speculative fiction but romantic speculative fiction is better.

I am sharing an excerpt from my Life In Slake Patch speculative fiction novel. (Still awaiting representation.) LifeinSlakePatch 002Evan is leading a posse to find the rebel band, known as the Tribe.

 

As the cluster of riders approached we saw there were nineteen or so horsemen. We would have no trouble fighting them off as our party was made up of thirty men. Then another shout was heard; there were more horsemen coming from the east, another ten or more. We would have to co ordinate our efforts if the attack was to come from two flanks. The four out riders dispatched earlier were almost indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape to the south and I hoped with luck they would reach the Garricade compound in a couple of hours with some hard riding. In the mean time we had no choice but to hold fast.

As the riders moved toward us it was plain that all were young men and just before they reached our barricade a rallying cry rung out.

“Brothers fight for supremacy.”

Gripping my dagger even tighter in readiness, I shouted orders to my men.

“Stand firm behind the wagons, let them come to us.”

The clash of metal against metal and wood against wood filled the valley air. Cries of pain rung out as wounds were inflicted and cries abruptly silenced. A shadow blocked the sunlight above me; I looked over to see a horse’s belly level with my head. Swiftly I turned to look up and face the rider. He was no older than myself swinging a baton toward Peter’s head. I let out a cry and dug my dagger deeply into the rider’s thigh and pulled with all my might. The rider’s scream of pain seared through the air as he fell from his mount. I held him fast with a foot against his chest and my dagger’s tip pushed into his neck.

It was then I noticed the deafening silence around me. Looking up, all faces were turned toward me as if everyone had become frozen. One by one the Tribe riders weapons began to drop to the ground, my men took advantage of the opportunity and grabbed their opponents. As the Tribe members were secured my victim groaned.

“Don’t fail me brothers’ fight.”

But he could see all heads hanging down in defeat turning away from his stare.

In truth I was shocked it had not occurred to me or any one of us before that there might have been a leader to the Tribe. We had thought it was a few disgruntled young men wandering the plains, surviving by stealing. This man must have recruited his followers. I looked down at my captive.

“What’s your name?”

“I am, Aiden, leader of the Tribe and proud of it, you down trodden oaf.”

At the insult I could feel my muscles tense and pressed the dagger deeper into his neck. He cried out again and I released the pressure.

“Secure this man with the others. Medic Jones, please tend to the more seriously injured first.”

How did you categorize your novels?

Do you use a multiple genre (sub-genre?)

Thank you for reading and as always comments are always welcome.

A Shakespearean Celebration and Prompt…

April 25, 2014
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FunDayI could not pass up the opportunity to share the celebrations planned in the UK for Shakepeare’s 450th birthday! http://www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk/?page_id=19

The Bard would have been shocked and hopefully pleased, if he were present today with the adoration and celebration in his honor. For those who are curious about William’s life this link is great. http://www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk/?page_id=88

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Shakespearean Quotes:

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Fun Prompt:

In true Shakespearean hommage let us write a sonnet.

Please share yours!

For my USA followers in MA here is a literary festival to attend. http://www.newburyportliteraryfestival.org/

Get That Pitch Perfect For Your Story…

April 23, 2014
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reblogToday’s re-blog concerns how to write a good pitch for your story. We all struggle with this necessary evil at one time or another and the more advice we can garner the better. Here are some resources I hope you find helpful.

http://wordsmithsix.com/2012/04/16/pitch-perfect/

http://wordsmithsix.com/2014/04/16/pitch-perfect-2/

http://www.cynthiaeden.com/writers/the-perfect-pitch/

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/thebusinessofwriting/a/How-To-Pitch-Your-Novel.htm

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Do you have any tips or resources that you care to share to help your fellow authors/writers?

 

Fantasy Is An Authors Tool – Use Yours..!

April 21, 2014
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articlesFantasical creatures are not only fun but excellent sources for works of fiction. Whether you still hold the childlike wonder of fairies, elves, mermaids or unicorns in your imagination or utilize myths and legends in history, there is a delight in bringing such creatures alive within your narrative.

I will admit to loving the fantasy world and wish the inhabitants of such classics as Alice in Wonderland, Stig of the Dump, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Wind in the Willows and the like, were indeed real.

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Can you imagine what the world would be like if they walked among us? 

We can immerse ourselves in these kind of worlds through books and movies and many have become ‘lifelike’ to many, such as the werewolves and vampires in the current popular genre.

As writers we spend a lot of time in make believe and that is perfectly fine. There may even be a fine line between our two worlds, where our characters and their setting become real to us. Upon finishing a project there is a sadness to the leaving that world behind. (Unless you are writing a series!)

No matter your device to telling your story, fantasy is a large part of it no matter which genre you are writing because we create everything within our narrative from stratch. Although, inspiration can come from a line, a character we love and want to develop or from a memory. Our imagination is our most important tool.

What magical creatures have you written about?

Link: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_literature

An author who knew this magic and sadly passed away. http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyond-business/gabriel-garcía-márquez-conjurer-of-magic-realism-dies-at-87-114041900068_1.html

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