That First Sentence: It Matters!

Some thoughts for NaWrNoMo friends…and others!

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

imagesYou want to write a novel, and you have a great idea, but you’re not sure how to start. Everybody knows that first line, that first sentence, is extremely important. It has to be right.

If you’re stuck because of the pressure of crafting the perfect opening line, you’re not alone. And neither is your angst misplaced.

I was reading the blog of one of my favorite authors, Jerry Jenkins, this morning when I ran across this post. I have read it before, but sometimes I think we all just need a refresher. If you’re like me, you have so much information being thrown at you, you can’t possibly retain it all.

Most great opening lines fall into one of four categories.

  • Surprising

Fiction: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”-                George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

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History and Highlights from the Military Writer’s Conference 2017

Jeanette Vaughan is a multi-award winning member of the Military Writers Society of America – congratulations to her on her latest win!

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Recently, the Military Writer’s Society had their annual Book Conference and Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Texas. What is it about a conference that brings you back motivated, energized and ready to write?  Networking!IMG_2475

The MWSA is chocker-block full of fantastic talent.  A group made up of active and retired military, military buffs, historians, writers, poets, and educators. The group spans several generations.  The youngest author?  A lovely, young, military dependent all of age 12, Grace Remey! There were representatives from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Navy, Army, and Air Force.  What a collection of talent in one room.

The program’s theme was World War I this time, but there were presentations not only relating to history, but panel discussions and “how-to”s.  I was lucky enough to serve on a panel discussing Social Media and its impact on book marketing and networking.  Members included…

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Are Writers’ Conferences Worthwhile?

I’ve found writers conferences to be very helpful, and I echo Ron’s recommendation to do your best to try to find the right group that works for you.

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climberWRITING CONFERENCES ARE NOT THIS HARD!

Going to a writing conference isn’t going to help you much with rock climbing (at least I don’t think it will … you never know), but a great reason to attend one … perhaps the best reason … is simply to meet other writers.

If you’re anything like me, the non-writers in your family look at you like you’re nuts when you simply stare at your computer screen because the right words just won’t come.

However, a fellow writer would understand a period of writer’s block and empathize with your lack of sleep while your characters won’t speak to you. They understand how difficult writing can be.

Besides gathering their empathy, it helps to hear about their successes … and their failures. Believe me, I know. If nothing else, it verifies you’re not alone.

If you don’t attend a regular critique or writers’…

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Authors in the Sun – Short Stories wanted.

An opportunity to share your stories, via #TSRA and Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

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Authors in the Sun – short stories..

A few years ago when working The Main Ingredient with Kelli Brett​ on Spanish radio we began a series of Authors in the Sun short stories and over the next few years produced four volumes. I also produced on English radio and now would like to revive for the blog.

Most of us have just come through the winter months and could use some sunshine and some of you are heading into winter. Either way it is time to bring some sunshine into our lives.. If you have a short story that has a sunny outlook then please contact me via the blog.  Here is an idea of what I am talking about.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/authors-in-the-sun-short-stories-blue-jay-cay-by-colin-peck/

The stories remain yours of course but you also get to promote your other works such as blogs and books etc.

I would ask that the stories be edited…

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