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Great info for a foundation for dialogue
So last time we talked about the basics in regards to dialogue and once we grasp the fundamentals—like proper punctuation—we then can focus more on elements of style. How we deliver the dialogue.
We can tell a lot about people by the way they speak. What people say or don’t say speaks volumes. As the writer, it is our job to understand our characters and to know who they are and how they think. We have to master the art of empathy. If we don’t, our dialogue will all sound like US talking. Writing, in many ways is a lot like method acting. We have to crawl inside the head and the psyche of our cast.
Not as easy as it might seem.
Dialogue done well is the stuff of legends though. Think of favorite movies. Why do we love them SO much? Very often…dialogue.
My name is Inigo Montoya…
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My Poem was Featured on The Drabble Today
By KD Rose
Jane at sixteen
Plays disco lampshade minds,
Climbs oak trees up to heaven,
Gives every man a dream,
Says, “I’ve become the hottest psychic
This side of the Pacific,”
Singing every toolbox
Like an electric art machine,
Takes toddies from the stars,
Never says the play’s the thing,
Finds mortal kisses weary,
Will never wear a ring.
Jane at sixteen
Lives in drowsy promenade,
Like a drunk, holy queen,
She swears the dream’s alive.
Honored for my book to be on Kurt Brindley’s Blog. He will be posting my guest post soon as well which I will repost here. It’s a doozy! He’s awesome by the way.
HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal
It is now my pleasure to present to you…
I’m always humbled and very appreciative of the kind notes and inscriptions you all write for me in the books you send my way. I wish I would have (because I certainly should have) mentioned it before. However, along with the book K.D. Rose sent me, I received not only a very nice hand-written note (handwriting is such a rare occurrence anymore that in and of itself deserves acknowledging), but also one very cool diddy of an inscription that goes a little like this:
You can say you got a masterpiece for free —
Then toss it in the garbage.
How Zen is that?!
– KD Rose
Oh yeah – very Zen.
From the back cover:
It is half past dark and we are in a graveyard orbit. Travelers have lost their way. Mankind is hard of hearing. We have abandoned insight and revelation for commerce and merry-go-rounds of distraction. But wonder is still in the palm of our hand. Wisdom is everywhere when we pay attention. We hold the key to orchards in camouflage and we are charged with the task of taking vision and making it into reality–beyond anything that exists and beyond what others say can be done. Learning this is an absolute requirement to survival.WHAT YOU DO NEXT, IS UP TO YOU.
Aesthetically speaking, HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL is a very eye-appealing book and there is a lot of mystery and intrigue going on with its cover; which is good because I suspect there is a lot of the same going on with its content, as well. Flipping through its pages I see poetry and stories and what looks to be asides of this and that. I can’t say for sure yet which book will be the selection for this volume but I can say for sure that this book has definitely captured my interest…
Stay tuned for K.D. Rose’s Guest Post — it’s gonna be a good one…
You can find the original here: http://kurtbrindley.com/2015/07/30/heavy-bags-of-soul-by-k-d-rose-an-iabsr-volume-iv-book-reveal/
I love caustic writers. It’s how I think except they are more witty. And piercing. And better writers.
Reblogging this because every link is a gem full of massively important writer info.
Like most authors I am continuously looking for ways to do things better, not only improving my writing, my plots, characters, details and realism/escapism of my words. But also in ways to promote my work, to get my books in front of potential readers, dare I say, even to create ‘fans’ of my writing, people who just ‘cannot wait’ to read my next book.
None of these things are easy and, as I often ask myself, why do I bother at all to make my work public? Why do I publish my stories, and why, oh why do I expend so much time promoting my books and my blogs?
There must be a much easier way to achieve my goals without spending hours upon hours in front of a computer ploughing my way through the hosts of social media sites, in the hope that one person may, just may…
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The Book Cover Mystery
Don’t judge a book by its cover. You heard it, right? While I try not to, I do ninety percent of the time. And it’s a subject thing, isn’t it? What one person finds attractive could be hideous to someone else. We all have preferences and opinions. How can one cover please everyone? It can’t. But that’s not the mystery.
I stumbled upon a book. Just your average mystery book, I thought. Until I discovered the entire publication was a mystery within itself. The more I explored this book, the more befuddled I became. It shook me. You could have knocked me over with a well aimed jellybean. It led me to question not only covers, but if book blurbs even matter? And, do ratings count for nothing? So, let me tell you about this little book. By the time we’re done, you might be flinching at jellybeans too.
It was an average day, an iced tea in one hand and my iPad in the other. I sometimes check the top charts, particularly iTunes since that’s my media preference. One of my books (Deadly Dancing. You should download it. It’s free!) has been hovering in the Free Mystery/Thriller top chart for about six months now. I’ve watched as other books spike and fall. And yet, I linger at the bottom. Something I’m very thankful for. Now, you might be thinking, “This is a top chart for free books. It doesn’t mean anything.” Oh, but it does and there is a reason I’m heading down this winding path. I’m not just here to toot my own horn.
The free charts are cluttered with new and old authors, even famous are starting to list free titles. Some authors pour big money to get into the ranks only to be gunned down by the next release fueled by thicker pockets. This particular mystery book has been hovering with me. Sometimes it shoots past me and sometimes it falls a bit behind. But we are still together, orbiting around one another. So, what is this author doing different to stay on the list? (Because I sure the heck don’t know what I’ve been doing.) So, I clicked on the book and found myself with more questions than answers.
And here it is: Bound by Brittany Knight. Please review what I will call “Exhibit A.
This is a snap shot of the iTunes listing. It’s an eye catching book cover, right? Simple and effective. And the more I look at it, the more I think the author made it herself. Why? The title font is too simple. Looks like Arial or something similar. And, the author’s name is tiny and blends in with the picture. Not something your average designer would do. But it works! I have no doubt this book has been downloaded purely by the cover. It makes me want to know more. Who is this person with their hands bound? Will they survive?
Then, I notice the rating. Three stars. Not bad but we authors sometimes can be star hogs. We crave five stars and will tolerate four. But three is solid and good. I graciously accept three stars. And this author has 631 ratings. For comparison, I’ve been hovering with her and have 103. She’s beating the tar out of me. The date tells me this book has been around for nearly five years. Wow, this must be a great book, right? Not only is it in the top charts, has a gripping cover and a decent rating, but it’s been hanging around and people are still reading it. Mystery solved, right?
Wait! Oh, dear. Wait.
This is where I introduce Exhibit B. Now is the time to guard yourself from jellybeans or other flying objects, dust included.
It’s only 1 page!
Now, a one page book can still be great. But, it still made me stop and wonder. And did you read the book description? “A man who goes to an old manor that used to be in the family, while on a business trip who discovers secrets about the manor and its owner.” Okay, I’m not an editing or marketing genius, but I cringed when I read this blurb. Now, I’m not trying to slam this book. I’m trying to understand its success and Exhibit B wasn’t helping. So, off to the reviews I trot.
And here comes . . . you guessed it. Exhibit C. Oh, my.
Judging by the reviews, those who downloaded were as confused as I was. But what tossed me for a whirling loopity-loop is the bottom review.
Is this right? Did Brittany Knight review her own book and then only give herself one star? Then she defends the book, saying it was a draft and she was seeing how “the whole publishing thing worked.” I scratched my head. Judging by the review date, that was over four years ago. Wouldn’t the author take down the book if it was only a draft? Surely she’d want the world to judge her by her finished work, not a draft. Is it a hoax? Maybe there’s a marketing group or class tracking how many saps will download the work, ignoring the blurb and reviews, and to only focus on the cover.
So, for the sake of this article and the mystery, I do it. I download the one page book. I would offer an Exhibit D, but I don’t want to tread on copyright laws (even though this book didn’t bother with a copyright statement). What I notice right away is that it states “Bound [Preview],” and that it’s only four pages on my reading device. Okay, so it might just be a draft after all and she’s giving me warning, though I still question why she hasn’t taken it down yet. And then I begin reading. Without being overly critical, it’s definitely written by a novice still working out the kinks. There are some nuggets like, “The rain slowly began to stop so suddenly, which I found strange.” Or, “Meluna Ludwell was my great-great-Grandmother’s mother who passed away in the 1700s, who left this manor to my great-great grandmother, who didn’t want it.” There is no ending. We are left stranded.
But, hey, I’m still growing and learning. We are all novices in the beginning. Maybe Brittany has finished the book. Maybe there’s a better version out there and people are downloading the wrong version, causing the book to hover in the top charts. It’s possible, right?
Without being a total cyber-stalker, I explore the internet, trying my hardest to solve this mystery. Alas, I can’t find a website or fan page. No additional books were published under that name. I now face a sobering reality: I’m competing with an abandoned book. My theory: A young Brittany most likely uploaded a draft, eager to dip her feet into the publishing world and then fled from stinging reviews. I hope she wasn’t veered off course by them. They are a jagged pill to swallow. Whether or not she knows it, she has done something remarkable. While most of us are clawing to get to the charts, her forgotten book still lives and breathes and is hanging on by its cover. She struck gold with that simple design and walked away before the payout.
A little piece of me withered.
There never was a mystery, was there? We all know you can’t judge a book by its cover and we also know that great covers drive book sales. The proof is here in an abandoned book.
Nicolette Pierce is the author of the popular Nadia Wolf and Mars Cannon series, as well as upcoming books.
Via Author Culture Posted by Lisa Lickel You can find the original here: http://authorculture.blogspot.com/2015/07/nicolette-pierce-explores-best-selling.html
KD Rose is a multi-talented woman. She is so incredibly creative and it’s been a real pleasure to work with her again in July with two mini blog tours. This is the first of the two books we have the pleasure of promoting this month.
07 July – Literary Lagniappe
09 July – Romance Junkies
09 July – Pamaceeve
10 July – Room with Books
10 July – Erzabet’s Enchantments
12 July – CA Milson
13 July – Night Owl Reviews
15 July – Coffee Time Romance
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A Taste For Mystery – Excerpt
He had six-pack abs, and I wanted to feel the carbonation.
This one dressed like the stereotype of a construction worker, down to the handkerchief he used to wipe sweat off his forehead. I don’t know if he or the hot day brought it out, but sweat poured off of…
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KD: New Five Star Review for The Brevity of Twit! I want to say, as an author, that I am breathing a sigh of relief to know that my humor actually does come across and can be enjoyed. You really never know until you hear back. The review comes from Lauren and Livingabooklife.com.
(I knew I liked her blog when the title was ‘All about books, with a dash of snark’)
I have to admit, I’ve never really understood poetry. I’m not sure what it is about it…the overwhelming subjectivity, the rigidity of form, or the air of pretentiousness that frustrates me the most. To me, it feels like the modern art version in a literary format: it could mean literally anything or nothing, and my dog could probably do it.
But when KD Rose tweeted at me and asked me to review her short book, The Brevity of Twit, Poetry in 140 Characters, I readily agreed. She was writing her poems in tweets, a delightful, modern twist on the traditional poetical structure. For some reason, this was something that really piqued my interest. How do you write a poem in 140 characters? Do you include hashtags? Do you dare truncate, or (gasp!) use numbers or single characters instead of whole words? And does the nature of the Twitter feed
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