- A writer should write 'something' everyday, even if it's just a page. Sometimes life gets in the way and if you don't make time, it can be difficult to get back on track and stay focused. –Angela Ashton
- Don't allow distractions such as phones or social networks while writing. –KD Fisk
- Don't limit yourself. –KD Fisk
- I like to read aloud when I'm editing, it slows me down and often I can find mistakes I've missed—it's also good to hear how sentences sound when spoken for rhythm. –Ute Carbone
- My main writing tip is Never give up, never surrender (and it is a super cool Galaxy Quest reference) truly though, you have to want it to get it. And that means you will face rejection and just need to keep on, keeping on. –Colleen Laughlin
- Turn off Editor Brain and let Writer Brain rule. Let your first draft be messy. Edit later. –Celia Breslin
- Write a lot, then write some more. I write about three pages for every page that ends up in the story. –Ute Carbone
- Write every day. I wish I could live up to this one. I don't. I do write each day... that I can write. That I want to write. Other days, not so much. Discipline in this arena eludes me - I write when the words knock on my brain insisting on their right to emerge. When they don't, when the words seem deeply buried, I read. When I need inspiration, I read. When I am lost in uncertainty as to how to proceed with a manuscript, I read. Perhaps this should be "write or read or both every day. –Elizabeth Fountain
- Write what you love. This one truly works. Love begets effortless writing. Write what you love, love what you write, and the rest will follow. –Elizabeth Fountain
- Write every day. –Celia Breslin
- When I get stuck on character motivation, I'll write from that character's point of view, to answer some questions. I've also had them 'write me letters' about what they're thinking. –Ute Carbone
- Take breaks if writing is stressing you. –KD Fisk
- My latest trick is to download the manuscript to my kindle and read it there, the different format gives me a new perspective while editing. –Ute Carbone
- Feel free to write anything in the first draft, that's what revisions are for. –KD Fisk
- Don't get distracted!! *cringe* –Angela Ashton
- Always schedule time for writing. –KD Fisk
- Read: reading lots of books, and lots of different styles, authors, and genres, will help you develop an ear for "voice". If you're the kind of person, like me, who isn't able to sit down with a good paperback and are always "on the go", invest in audiobooks. Listen to them in the car, when you're grocery shopping, at the gym, etc. –Brantwijn Serrah
- Take a writing class. Classes benefit every writer at any stage of development. Learn how to structure writing, learn correct grammar and syntax, learn how to write from different prompts and challenges. Even if you are one of those blessed individuals who just has a knack for writing, a writing course will help you hone your talent into something even better. –Brantwijn Serrah
- Two most common things I see are 1. lack of dialogue while the author begins the book with too much backstory and 2. use of passive voice i.e. was, being, have been, were. It is easy to check on most writing programs for percentage of passive voice used in a manuscript. Anything over 1% is too much. –Veronica Helen Hart
- Remember the five senses in your scenes. –Michael W. Davis
- Write what you know. This seems to be the most common advice given to writers, and it's sound. But if you are like me, you also want to write what you don't know, write what you seek to learn, write that which you crave to discover. Let writing be your exploration of all aspects of this expansive human life. –Elizabeth Fountain
- Preparation, the first phase in writing, this is largely right hemispheric and active. Freeing yourself at this in this stage, research whatever relates to your story. Plunge into your depths. Open yourself to the emergence of inspiring ideas and emotions. Surrender uncritically to and become absorbed in the story. Tempting as it may be, set aside critical thinking. No matter how incongruous, minute or absurd, record budding ideas as they arise. The end product will be a crude collection of ideas, dialogue, etc., in no specific order. This will be the bedrock upon which you will erect a story structure. –Alan Joshua, Website
- Dialog tag vs. dialog beat
As an editor, I encountered this problem in many manuscripts: writers often confuse dialog tags with dialog beats. This is a grammar problem, easily fixed.
A dialog tag is an indication of who is talking. It could appear before or after a line of dialog and it could include any verb that produces language: said, whispered, commented, asked, etc. In all cases, a tag is a part of dialog and it uses commas to separate it from the dialog proper. Below are several examples with the correct grammar and punctuation:
Sarah said, “I think you’re right, Kat.”
“I’m hungry,” she whispered.
“I hate you,” he shouted, “more than anyone else in the world!”
Unlike the dialog tags, a dialog beat is a piece of action that sometimes accompanies speech. The verb in a beat could be any verb except the ones producing language (said, shouted, demanded, and so on). Any dialog beat is an independent sentence and must be treated as such with punctuation. The examples below use the same lines of dialog as the above, but instead of the tags I use the beats, which changes punctuation and capitalization.
Sarah laughed. “I think you’re right, Kat.”
“I’m hungry.” She turned to the wall.
“I hate you!” He spit on the ground. “More than anyone else in the world.” –Olga Godim
- I have a bad habit of getting hung up on the "Point B" scenes... by this I mean, the scenes that connect Point A and Point C. The "in between" scenes. The "boring" scenes where I'm filling in the details between scenes of action and suspense. You can't ignore the Point B scenes, though...your reader needs them for pacing, to take a breath and digest what's happened and anticipate what's to come. So when I get to a Point B scene and I feel I can't write it as eloquently or as impactfully as a Point A or Point C scene, I usually find myself blocked. What I've learned is that you just have to power through it. Write the scene, even if (at the moment) it's not your most powerful prose. You'll come back to smooth it out later, but get your foundation in so you can build a really good bridge later. –Brantwijn Serrah
- My tip would be leave the sentence that you are working on at the end of the day unfinished. I find that this helps my mind to stay in flow until the next morning. –Kim Leady
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Warning: This is a rated-R book. Please read the following excerpt at your own discretion.
Friday, July 10, 2015
J. A. GARLAND
January 5 2015
Urban Fantasy Romance
Rating: 4 Cups
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Bob sat back and frowned, then shrugged. The color had drained out of his face and his scalp was less rosy. “I kind of bumped into the facts about him when I was fiddling around online last night. If you look up old photos from his college years when he played varsity lacrosse at Yale, you can see what I’m saying. It’s a totally different guy. Not our Hamm, some other tall blonde kid who only looks like him.”
Thursday, July 9, 2015
By Misa Buckley
Science Fiction Romance
No, not water. Memory surged, and shock cleared the fog in my brain. I opened my eyes and pushed up.
“It’s okay.” Charity put an arm around me. “You’re safe now.”
“Well, not really,” muttered Emery. “There’s bombs. The whole place is going up.”
I looked around. Charity knelt at my side, Emery stood close by. Heidi was a little further away, wringing her hands as she glanced from me to an open door and back. Lucas waited in the doorway. His expression sent a frisson of fear through me.
“Where’s Benedict?” I asked, my voice faint for reasons that had nothing to do with my recent reawakening.
“Here.” He jogged into sight, sooty and rumpled, but still the best thing I’ve ever seen. The worry on his face turned to a tired smile. “Hello, Grace.”
I snorted and got my feet under me. My knees wobbled as I stood up. I locked them and put my hands on my hips. “Hello? I go through utter hell and all you can say is ‘Hello’?”
He laughed and closed the space. His arms crushed the air out of my lungs. Then his mouth was on mine, starving me of more oxygen. Not that I cared. I held on tight as fractured recollections of what had happened made me shiver.
“Um, could you two save that until we’re out of the burning building?” Charity asked.
Benedict pulled away with a rueful chuckle. “Good point.” He looked at me. “Can you walk?”
“I think so.”
“Come on, then.”
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
It's release day once again! We have five amazing new books to share with our readers, and can't wait to show them off.
Damned Before Breakfast
By Jessica Gleason
Rave and Mage may seem unlikely friends, one is responsible (most of the time), and the other is more of a free spirit. They both come in their own shade of stubborn and sassy. But, as many Wisconsin girls know, alcohol can make for unlikely friendships, bedfellows and shiny new fangs. What started out as an end of the semester celebration turns into a permanent vacation to the seedy paranormal underbelly in the Mid-West’s least assuming state, Wisconsin.
Blood Under The Midnight Sun
By Steven Ure
Julie has looked after her twin brothers since their mother died during childbirth. Now, fifteen years later, as World War II breaks out, she finds she can no longer do that as her brothers have volunteered to fight for the British military and head off to Norway to fight the Nazis. When they are declared missing, Julie risks everything and flies over there in the dead of night to find them.
Coup De Grace
Amazing Grace, 6
By Misa Buckley
Science Fiction Romance
Grace McKenna has been rescued from the evil machinations of Professor Edgar Smith, but not only has the scientist escaped – his scheme to force the next evolution of mankind is about to break.
There is one possible solution. One that brings Grace and Benedict full circle. Whether it'll finally bring an end to their fight against Smith is another matter.
By Mickey J. Corrigan
Contemporary/Sci Fi Romance
After Adrianna sleeps with her hunky boss, she has to face him every day at the office of DreamCorp International. She has to ignore the fact that his touch drives her to peaks of ecstasy she’s never experienced before.
Something strange is happening to Adrianna. And it’s making her wonder about her dreams. Are dreams more than a random rehash of day-to-day images, repressed sexual urges, and memory fragments? Could it be that dreams are the entry way to another world? A real world? A hyper real world?
Whether she wants to or not, Adrianna is about to find outall about the dream world. Because an ex is stalking her in her dreams, and he's getting closer, more threatening every night. And she’s in love with the man of her dreams.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
T: (Paraphrases) There is nothing wrong with your vision. Do not attempt to adjust your sanity. We are now in control. We control the interview and snow-cone flavor. We can deluge you with a thousand questions, or expand one single question to feel like a thousand. We can shape your vision...
W: (Interrupts) In other words, we are here to interview you, Julie Eberhart Painter. We had (grins and offers up a snow cone) a hankering for snow cones and mystery! Interested?
J: What proof is that cone?
T: (Settles down at the table across from Wrye and Julie) Now, to get down to a bit of gossip... errr... queries about you and your work. Tell us, Julie, which of your female heroines do you feel is most like you?
J: Ellen in Mortal Coil. http://amzn.to/1dahbIw
W: Now, for those of us who need to know. (Becomes very serious) Do you consider yourself a good liar?
J: I’d be lying if I said yes. My face is a dead, not-quite-dead, giveaway. I get hot flashes just thinking about it.
T: Have you ever been so into plotting and writing that something important was left undone? For example, I once kept putting off laundry and ran out of clean underwear. So, have you ever experienced anything similar? If so, tell... tell... tell....
J: Often, especially before my husband retired. Now he keeps me on my toes. FYI: I keep a stash of extra drawers in my drawers.
W: Very good planning! (Looks at Tattle pointedly) Any hoo, you need to think like a killer to write about killers, so 'fess up. Do you enjoy creating those nasty little souls? And even more importantly... (narrows his eyes and peers at Julie intently) Do you kill spiders or carry them outside?
J: The bug man kills the spiders; he’s a hired killer. I carry the geckos outside, all the while telling them I’m returning them to their families. They are usually dehydrating, so I put a drop of water in two clear plastic cups, scoop them up and redeposit them near their homes. They are, in real life, just as cute as the one on TV.
T: Oooh, thank you for sharing that intimate part of your life with our readers. (Pauses to gather her thoughts) Which of your characters would make their bed and which one would leave it messy?
J: Ellen’s daughter, Patti would leave it messy, probably strewn with sports equipment, but her mother Ellen would tidy up.
J: A bird that greets the dawn, after the night owl of my subconscious wakes me up early. “Stupid bird!”
T: Now, think food, savory or sweet, meaty or veggie, creamy or gritty? If you were a food, what food would you want be?”
J: Savory, meaty, and textured: Beef Burgundy over wide noodles, al dente.
W: Thank you so much for allowing us to invade your kitchen.” He offers a gentlemanly bow.
T: We fully appreciate your time and totally enjoy your books. We impatiently await your next book, especially since hearing Champagne Books has invited you into the Cozy mystery/quirky character club with a deadline for a full manuscript by September. The novel takes place in my home town, a beach town in Florida known for odd crimes, and nutty seniors. Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen have already harvested some of the funniest mysteries from Volusia County where the novels about New Smyrna Beach are set… Looking forward to reading it!
Tattle nods and winks, imitating Santa's up-the-chimney trick. Except the two simply vanish and appear in Ute Carbone's writer's garret.
T: Be not afraid, we come bearing snow cones... and questions. (Hands Ute a cherry snow cone) Oh, everything in cyberspace, as you know, is calorie-free.
U: Thanks so much for having me. Mmm snow cone (she slurps at the cone) and red, my favorite. Did you know that if you eat these you don't need lipstick?
W: So, Ute, be honest, how many clones do you have?
T: You can't ask her that!
W: Yes I can, look at all the books she has written in various genres, all the awards and the fabulous interviews. There are only twenty-four hours in a day, how can she possibly do it all without having clones? Hmmmmm?
T: Ok, you have a point, but let us rephrase. Ute, if you could clone yourself, how many clones would you have and just what tasks would you have them do?
U: Oh, I don't need clones. I already have multiple personalities. But minions...Now there's something I could use. They could do all the housework I avoid by writing. And they'd bring me chocolate and coffee. They'd be very handy...yes, yes, very handy. (She nods in agreement with herself)
W: Interesting, I’d like a few of them round about here as well. Having said that, if you could be a character in any of your books, which one would you choose and why?
U: Hmm, well, since they all live in my head and it's very crowded up there, anyone of them could actually be me at any one time. But, honestly, the answer changes like the weather. Depends on my mood. I'm a little funky today, so Lenora who is prone to adventure would probably get me out of my funk. Plus, she gets to bed hunky Anton and...I might need another snow cone.
T: (Fanning herself thinking of Anton, Tattle gives Ute another cone and grabs one for herself) Now that you've confided in who'd you'd like to be, tell us which antagonist in one of your books you loved to create and if there is any of you in the villainous character?
U: Oh, I think there's a bit of villain in all of us (laughs maniacally and rubs hands together) I like creating all characters, villains and heroes, and all of them have (I think) some good and bad in them. Except for Abercrombie from the Sweet Lenora Series. That guy was just pure evil. He was fun to create, especially since in the next book I get to hang him.
W: Does the tribe of weird and strange apply to you? Or is logic your muse? (Points to Tattle and mouths) Weird. (Thumbs his chest) Logical.
U: Well, since I play with my imaginary friends all day and write down their stories, I'm probably not too logical. Or normal. Then again, voices in your head are normal, right? Right???
T: But of course they are! Personally, I am proud to be a member of the weird persuasion, but I guess, (lets out a long breath) there is a place for logic now and again. After all I am quite fond of Data and Mr. Spock. Which brings me to another question. Do you read the type of stories you write?
U: Absolutely. I read an adage once—Write what you love to read. I think it's true, and so I try to write the kind of stories I'd enjoy reading.
W: What does sci-fi characters have to do with.... Oh, never mind, like I mentioned earlier, weird! Now, for a more sensible query. If you could live on a planet of your own creation, what sort of planet would it be?
U: I do live on a planet of my own creation. It's very nice here, too. The inmates...I mean citizens...are very friendly. They give you snow cones. And wine. And they sing and dance around a lot. When they've had too much wine, they do.
T: (Offers a dreamy look, muttering,) Can I live there, too?
W: Did you say something?
T: (Shakes herself out of her momentary trance) Yup. Was just asking Ute, if there was an alien invasion, and you could only take one thing, would it be your laptop, best sneakers, heels or your stash of candy?
U: Hmm, I'd take my kindle. So many books, so little time. And really, who needs a toothbrush when you've got books?
W: Agreed! Again, let me bring everyone back to a good ole basic interview question. (Leans forward, rises a bushy brow and looks at Ute pointedly) Do you prefer slippers or bare feet?
U: (Stares back). Bare feet. Slippers are for sissies.
T: Thank you so much for allowing us to steal a piece of your busy schedule. You have been a dear.
W: And exceptionally patient. Next time we'll bring donuts. (Eyes glaze over just like a sugary treat)
U: Oooh, donuts. I like donuts. Can I come back soon?