Thought for the Day:
“Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with
successive difficult deliveries.”
~ J.B. Priestley, author ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
The Group Blog has a good post HERE with great reminders about Active vs. Passive sentences. Making the change can help get rid of extra words. Just sayin’.
Alex Limberg did a guest post HERE on Kristen Lamb’s blog all about world building. For those of you who write fantasy and scifi, this is a must read.
I read a self-published book recently for review and the dialogue really stood out — and not in a good way. K. M. Weiland has an excellent post HERE about the very problem this author had.
I'm still having spacing problems around imported pictures. I hope you don't find this too distracting. I can't figure out how to fix this.
Last week, I offered a gently-read hardcover copy of The Thing About Leftovers by C. C. Payne to one of you. The roll of the dice goes to Patricia Tilton this week. Congratulations, Patricia! I will get the book out to you this week. If you don't know her, Patricia is a children's book writer with a focus on children with special needs. You can read more about her and also read some of her wonderful book reviews on her blog HERE. Not the winner this week? Stay tuned. I have another terrific book to give away.
I have been reading a lot of novels in verse in the last couple years. They are certainly becoming more popular and there are more of them. I must admit, sometimes I wonder if some are really written in verse or if they are just short novels with an interesting use of white space. This is not that. Unbound by Ann E. Burg is surprisingly lyrical considering it is told in first person from the viewpoint of a young slave girl with a strong dialect. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.