Today is the birthday of: Jim Trelease, Gary Whitehead
Tip: Always have the next story in mind. When you finish one, you want to be able to start the next one. Have a file with story ideas so you can keep going.
Thought: “Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. “ – Don Marquis
Teaser: Ursula LeGuin sent out her first story when she was 11; she got her first acceptance at 33. Authors are often asked “How long have you been writing?” What would your answer be? Make it interesting and intriguing. You’re trying to entice readers, even when just talking about yourself.
Tip: What atmosphere do you want your novel to have? Use setting as well as prose to put for the tone of your story. Darker words for darker works. Lighter ones for funnier works. Shorter sentences for intense scenes, longer ones for more restful ones.
Thought: “Write a good book.” – Steven Taylor Goldsberry
Teaser: What would the soundtrack of your life sound like? What about your story? What music would go with your story?
Her heart searched for a melody. Will the love song she finally hears be loud enough to drown out the screaming memories of her past?
Back-up singer Casey lived the old anthem, “work hard, play harder.” When she meets handsome sub-drummer, Sam Wildner on a gig, their attraction is immediate. The two musicians forge ahead in a dizzy rhythm of passion and music, both impressed by each other’s harmonious abilities. When Sam learns of Casey’s family trauma involving her sister’s abusive ex-boyfriend, he commits to being there for her and her young niece who is caught in the middle.
The melody of their love song rings loudly in Casey’s ears as she and Sam navigate the precarious fast lane of jealousy, murder and rock ‘n roll.
Today is the birthday of: Kate Greenaway, James Morrow, Michael Kelly
Tip: Is your villain morally corrupt and not just a brat? Those with bad morals are more interesting and have more to lose or gain. Brats are like flies—irritating, but not deadly. Be sure to give your bad guy some good features as well. Don’t make them flat and boring.
Thought: There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham
Teaser: You just bought an old desk. While cleaning it, you find a faded photograph of a soldier from WWI. There is a name written on the back. Searching further, you find a letter to go with the picture. It was never sent. Why? Do you search for the family? What does the letter say?
Today is the birthday of: Margaret Weis, Harding Lemay
Tip: Don’t start your story with an info dump. If there’s background information the reader needs, give it out in small bites, not one big feast.
Thought: “I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.” – Cormac McCarthy
Teaser: Identify your characters by showing not only what they own, but how they treat their possessions. Given an expensive, but ugly, gift, how would they treat it? What would they do with it? Write a short scene from two different character perspectives.