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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?

Which Writing Rules Do You Flaunt..?

October 27, 2013
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Jurisprudence – definition: 1. the science of philosophy of law; 2. a body or system of laws.

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We all know the first law of writing – show don’t tell – but how about the rest? Take a look and see which ones you didn’t know or are guilty of flaunting.

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/writing-rules-10-experts-take-on-the-writers-rulebook

Advice from the experts:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/10-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-two

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Which rule(s) do you find the hardest?

Do You Abide by the Rules..?

May 29, 2013
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Abide – definition: 1) to remain; continue; stay 2) to put up with; tolerate 3) to accept without opposition or question.

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We all know there are ‘rules’ to writing, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or other modes of the written word. I had an interesting conversation last night at my novel workshop regarding how we are taught writing in school. One participant in our group is a teacher and she is in the midst of editing her first manuscript. During the discussions she told us that the writing style taught to students is very different to that of creative writing. She is re-learning how to write!

Unfortunately, there is no distinction made between the different styles of writing in schools. So an essay, an article and a story will all be written in the same way. As we know this isn’t correct and thereby lies the problem. A young writer may happily write story after story thinking they have the correct structure but it isn’t until their work is reviewed, that they learn the error.

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Is this a fault of the system? Or is it a matter of ‘one fits all’? Is it a matter of available classroom time to teach all the styles ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I follow Kristin King – http://kristinkingauthor.wordpress.com/ and she has several writing rules posts that I am sharing here:

http://kristinkingauthor.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/writing-rules-we-could-do-without/

http://kristinkingauthor.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/george-orwells-rules-for-writing/

http://kristinkingauthor.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/rules-of-writing-elmore-leonard/

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