This site has helped my writing immensely. Many of the bloggers I follow belong to this group.
1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte(Done!)
2) Villette by Charlotte Bronte 3) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (Done!)
4) Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler 5) Movie: Jane Eyre (1997)(Done!) 6) Movie: Rebecca (1940)(Done!)
1) Why did they ask Evans?Agatha Christie(Done!)
2) Fever in the Bone Val McDermid 3) A Stitch in Crime Betty Hechtman (Done!)
4) Southern Storm Terri Blackstock
5) The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 6) Pretty is As Pretty Dies Elizabeth Spann Craig (Done!)
7) One Last Breath Stephen Booth (Done!)
8) The Grave Tattoo Val McDermid 9) The Killings At Badger's Drift Caroline Graham(Done!)
10) This Body of Death Elizabeth George
11) Careless in Red Elizabeth George
12) Black Dogs Ian McEwan
1) Fever in the Bone Val McDermid 2) Howard's End EM Forster (Done!) 1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte(Done!) 4) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Done!)
Sunday, 25 November 2007
We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Eight in the morning, Russ awoke. He could hear noises coming from all over the house but he tried to ignore them hoping to catch a few more winks. When his wife enters the room, he realizes she had not been lying next to him. What was she doing, he asks himself but realizes he said it aloud. She ignores him. Like she frequently did. Deciding whether to repeat himself, he turns over with a gruff.
His wife grabs a book off her shelf and noisily flips through the pages.
"What are you reading?" he asks her, hoping this time to peek her interest in a conversation. Nothing. He asks her again. Knowing she hears him, she still says nothing.
With a grunt he wrestles his two hundred and thirty pound frame from the bed and rushes down the steep curving stairs. It's his refuge, the main floor, his oasis. Most hours of the day he spends in the one room that took up most of the main floor.
Stopping at the bathroom, he takes a pee when finished he half naked, enters the kitchen for another of life's priorities, Coffee. With the cup of life in his hand, he heads towards the chair that would be his bodily companion for the times of the day he spent in the house, the chair that sat right in front of his love, the love of his life, the computer.
Basically, what I learned was this...a synopsis is an interesting summary of the story where you actually give away the ending...
According to the book "Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel" by Ephron (which I think is a must-have for all mystery writers) you need this:
1. to write in present tense 2. summarize your main characters 3. tell the setting and context 4. tell and not show 5. summarize plot, hitting the major plot twists 6. communicate your protagonist's motivation and key challenges 7. don't try to explain every character and plot point
How long should your synopsis be? About 4 double spaced pages...depending on the size of your book. One website said, one page synopsis for every 25 manuscript pages.
The 2008 Debut Dagger competition, for previously unpublished crime writers, is now open. The first online entry was received at 3:16pm on Thursday 15 November. Competitors have until midnight on 15 February to get their entries in.
What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month...and November is that month...
The goal? 50,000 words in one month...
Some people say 'thats crap...if i write 50,000 words without editing, it will just be gibberish'
OK! I hate to say it but I write 1000 words a day for 90 days straight and i do no editing in the meantime...and yes, what comes out is sometimes gibberish but the point is...i finished my book...gibberish can be edited...
after a person has completed 50,000 word they feel great, they feel like they have accomplished something...
some 'writers' work on a novel they have in their head...they write 2000 words and start editing it...they never move on until they feel it is perfect...unfortunately, they usually never feel it is perfect...the book never gets written because they can't move on past the opening...
NANOWRIMO helps people get past that opening and just do it!
Bored...so what can i do? I know...write a book...
Actually, that is not true, I am done my book. Well, actually I am done my second novel.
Why do I write? Because I have to...
Anyone who writes understands...they have a story that sits inside waiting to come out...it calls to them, they have to listen...
Some people put it off...they put it off and off and off...I did... But finally I just sat down and wrote.
1000 words a day for 90 days straight...it was finished. There are no words (surprisingly or maybe there are and I am not a good writer) to express how you feel when you write the last two words 'the end'.