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May 31, 2017
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Writing

I plan on immersing myself in the ghost writing project for the rest of this and most likely next week. It needs to be propelled forward so a final draft can be approved. A graphic designer is working on the images so the placement of these will have to be worked out as well. With possible sizes of print books and price estimates from the publisher we are nearing a conclusion in the next month. An exciting time for both my client and I as we all know when we hold a physical copy of our book for the first time it is magical and awe inspiring.

However, prior to that schedule, I invested in a workshop last night for my writing. A local author, Jennifer Snow is currently writer in residence at a downtown bookstore, Audrey’s and she was holding a workshop, which intrigued me. The evening’s workshop title was – First Five Pages & Avoiding a Saggy Middle in your Novel.

There were several other writers attending and it was interesting to hear their questions and the advice given by Jennifer. Although you may not write in the same genre as the presenter or the other attendees at workshops or conferences, there are basic fundamentals required to entice, engage and hold a reader no matter the narrative.

We all need to invest in our writing, no matter how much we think we know. You can always learn from another writer or author and as it happens I did have an idea pop into my head during the evening, which will assist in the revision of one of my manuscripts. (For those of you who don’t know I am editing four manuscripts over this and next year!) I detail my progress here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/current-project-2/

Books

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

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My review:
What a wonderful book – stories of life, death and rebirth. Perfectly linking each of the souls/characters lives. Sometimes they linked up, others not. Suzanne weaved a perfect tale of past lives making great use of the ‘echoes’ of past life bringing them forward to the new existence.

If you are intrigued, interested or fascinated by reincarnation you must read this book.

Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel   

Onto this novel – a great opening line and the story propels you forward with enticing glimpses of what might have happened.

Evidence of Life

Writing Tips

Invest in a few valuable resources starting with The Chicago Manual of Style and The Elements of Style.

Grammar: learn the rules and then learn how to break them effectively.

Do you have particular resources you use? Care to share?

What ‘writing rules’ have you broken?

Utilizing Period Costume in your Narrative…

November 3, 2013
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Grungy – definition: 1. ugly, run-down, or dilapidated; 2. dirty or filthy

Fashion through out the ages has seen some really bizarre trends. As young people we imagined ourselves as trend setters and the ‘older’ generation as boring in their fashion sense. However, as we become older and watch the younger generation wear styles that we would never be seen dead on – we are reminded of our own outfits. Some of these make a reappearance and we laugh at the ‘new’ styles, knowing only too well – been there, done that.

GrungyWe all rebel against the ‘establishment’ when we are young. Fashion is just one of the more interesting devices to do so.

What era is your favorite for style? 

See this excellent link:

http://jezebel.com/5688362/dress-code-know-your-era

A knowledge of style and fashion is also important when we are writing about a certain era. Pop socks would not be suitable in a 1940’s office setting or a deer-stalker in a futuristic world. Garments can be a good indicator of the time period without having to write long exposition.

In my re-incarnation romance, The Twesome Loop, I worked between two eras, 2000 and 1875. Clothing became a part of the narrative to show when the period had changed but also when the two merged.

Have you utilized costumes or fashion in your stories?

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