We all have writer envy to some degree. But ho do you recognize when your jealousy is getting out of hand?
As writers, we draw bits and pieces from real life experiences and people we know to enhance our fiction. The feel of sand between our toes, the sting of a scrape on our knee, or the taste of Grandma’s fresh baked apple pie can be used to bring the reader along on the journey that is our story. Even if you haven’t had the exact experience, you’ve most likely had one that’s generated a specific feeling or emotion that can bring your story alive for the reader.
I am overjoyed to introduce Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS. Friends, this is a book that will keep you turning pages through the night. Crystal has weaved a rich tapestry of compelling characters, supernatural charm and gorgeous world building.
Poetic language is important in all types of writing, and our guest today just happens to be my favorite poet.
As an adoptive mother, I am curious about pregnancy and birth, and often find myself perusing Birth Faith. I find Lani’s writing down-and-dirty honest. She has educated me about experiences I will never have because of infertility, and helped me see how my own motherhood experiences are similar to other moms’. Over the past several years, her writing has made me cry, laugh, and sit slack-jawed.
Check your email, Jan Farnworth – because you are our randomly drawn and lucky winner. Congratulations!
Thanks again to Annette for visiting, and thanks to all of you who participated. If you want to congratulate Jan, head on over to her website at http://jrsbookreviews.wordpress.com/ I hope this means we’ll see a Just Ella review in the near future.
I don’t enjoy reading vulgarity. I am sickened by how over-sexed YA fiction can be, and I think using excessive expletives only shows an inability to communicate in a more intelligent manner. I either sound uppity or like a complete nerd. Either way, I feel these self-imposed standards are a nuisance.
Today’s post comes from Michelle Merrill, YA writer, blogger and friend of mine. Next month she will participate in NaNoWriMo, and she is here to give us the pros and cons of the program.
If you didn’t win today, don’t despair – there will be more giveaways in the future. Plus, this is still your lucky day because Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have done it again… and again. They have announced a DOUBLE book release scheduled for October 21st.
If you have ever hired an editor, or taken a writing class, you’ve likely been told to show more and tell less. But what does that mean, exactly? In today’s Writing Challenge, you’ll get a little practice “showing” off.