Howdy! It's hard to believe it's already the last day of Indie E-Con! It's been a spectacular week full of all things writing! Missed any of it? You can find all the posts and links over on Kendra's blog! Also, Adela's Curse is up for some awards! If you've read it, I'd love if you would head … Continue reading Indie E-Con: Owning This Writing Thing
I have the exact same outlook on this subject.
by Lauren Sapala
Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.
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Howdy! I posted last week about a Black Friday sale put on by myself and a large group of other indie authors. (Also, thanks to those bloggers who saw my post and shared and/or signed up!) Today kicks off the sale! There's some great books being offered. I'm offering the Rise of Aredor series in … Continue reading Black Friday Sale!
Guys! Check out this awesome cover from Steph Gregory!
As promised, here is the cover for my new novel: Oath of God.
I’ve still got a few tweeks to finish up, but this is basically how the cover will be.
Below is a re-work of the blurb, just as a little added extra!!
What is murder anyway, except a job?
At least Valdis tells himself killing for a living means nothing…
He knows only too well the cost of selling one’s soul to the highest bidder.
Now his skill and sword are no longer his to command.
And his mistress obeys the will of a god.
Ataran has been slighted.
He is Immortal and yet fears the hand of death.
All that stands in his way is a girl and a dragon.
Kama was forced to watch as Immortals burned her world.
They made one mistake.
Across the vast Emptiness lives the last spelled…
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I’ve mention The Scriptorium here once or twice, but we’re now back up and running with a new website and a new round of Flash Fiction centered around the word Phoenix! Check out my entry and the corresponding post about what inspired the story!
Also check out the other cool entries by my fellow Scriptoriumites! 🙂
Fellow #BlogBattler, Cathleen Townsend invited me over for an interview today! Go check it out! 🙂
Today’s guest is the fabulous Claire Banschbach. She was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing.
I’m a fantasy author, too. 🙂 How did you decide on your genre?
Growing up on stories such as LOTR, Narnia, and Redwall certainly influenced my love of fantasy. It’s still my favorite genre to read. My first big story idea was fantasy and I’ve just really run with it. I think it’s so much fun…
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Rachael graciously had me over for a short interview today! 🙂
This is a very late interview with our Week 42 “Gift” #BlogBattle Winner. But I suppose I subscribe to the old adage, “better late than never!” Claire’s story, The Strange Gift, was a wonderfully fantastical story about a girl who learned to love books in the most magical way. If you haven’t read it yet you should pop on over and enjoy it.
So, here with me is author & full-time student Claire Banschbach, ready to be interrogated . . . errr . . . I mean interviewed. Thanks for coming, Claire! We’re pleased as punch you could stop by.
I just have to know,
1) If you had to give up writing in order to pursue your career after graduation would you have to stop and think about it, or would it be a no-brainer? Why or why not?
I’d have to stop and think about it for…
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Yes. Just yes.
Love has been a core element of fiction since…well, since forever, I guess. It drives and unites characters, it pushes plot forward, it distinguishes good from evil, and it’s an integral part of what makes a story real to us.
Romantic love certainly isn’t the only manifestation of this force, but it is a prevalent one. It’s a trend I don’t foresee readers ever getting tired of because it resonates so much with the human heart.
But genuine love is all but gone from today’s fiction menu.
A culture that soaks up visual stimulation like a sponge has replaced selfless, sacrificial, protective love with superficial mind-candy.
Pick up any given book with a romantic element to it (doesn’t even have to be romance genre), and you’re just about guaranteed to find perfect bodies (featured on the cover to make sure the book sells), high-school level personalities (the angsty-yet-so-muscly dude who…
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I won last week’s #BlogBattle (!!!!) and had the chance to be interviewed by the creator of the battles herself! So exciting!!
It’s that time again! And author friend, Claire Banschbach is the News #BlogBattle Winner! We’ve not had the chance to
grill her for information interrogate question interview her, so I’ve asked her by for a tidy little visit. She thought she might be up for it.
What do you think, Claire? Can you take the heat?
I’d love to attempt to answer some questions thrown my way.
Fantastic! I knew you’d be up for the challenge. Let’s start with something simple. 😀
1) Kinesiology is the study of human movement and you’ve got a degree in such an awesome thing! Now you’re looking to get a doctorate in PT. Love it. Knowing this about you and also your love of writing, I wonder: does having a degree in kinesiology aid you in your writing? Do you have a deeper understanding of human movement, limits, and fluidity? What advice do you…
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Due to an extended lunch break, I’ve had some time to catch up on reading other blogs (for once in my life). Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had some pretty solid advice and it made me consider my own writing. Which is always good. Enjoy!
When used correctly, hooks are one of the most powerful ways a writer can keep a reader flipping pages well into the night. However, the majority of writers end up using them incorrectly. It’s important to realize why.
Hooks are the kind of tool that won’t hurt your writing if they aren’t used, but will help it greatly if they are. Do you want to propel your readers from one chapter to the next? Isn’t one of the most obvious signs of a great book the fact that you can’t put it down?
Nothing can propel people through a book like an engaging story – there’s no way around that – but combining an engaging story with a good hook means that even if it’s 4am and they have work tomorrow, readers will keep telling themselves ‘just one more chapter’ until the sun comes up.
The problem is that writers often confuse good…
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