You need inspiration? Good, because you’re not going to find an excuse.
Hello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest, Giacomo “Jim” Giammatteo, holds the record (as of May 2018) for the most books published in a year.
Care to take a guess how many? I’ll tell you now they wouldn’t all fit in a breadbox. Maybe a bread carton and probably a bread truck.
Perhaps one of those books deals with writer’s cramp?
Continue reading “Giacomo ‘Jim’ Giammatteo – Walking Wild Boars and Best Friends”
You’ve had it a month and all you can offer is “You use the word ‘blue’ a lot”?
This is the third installment of a thread covering critiquing methods
I’ve encountered in my writing career. This post discusses a critiquing method wherein participants receive copies of work ahead of time (usually a month), read it, comment in writing, then meet to share their thoughts and suggestions once per month at which time they also provide the author with their written comments.
Finding a critique group that’s good for you is based on one question:
What is your goal/reason for being in a critique group?
My goal is simple and direct; improve my storytelling and storycrafting/increase my skill levels/learn my craft.
Participants have a month to read and comment on a manuscript. No reading during the group (except for example purposes)
Most of my experience comes from groups like this. The majority of the sessions are devoted to critiquing. Socializing occurs after the critiquing session (although people often bring shareable munchies because the sessions are held in private homes or reserved rooms in libraries, et cetera).
The good is that people have had a month to read, comment, review their comments, come up with solutions to what they consider a problem, …, the negative is that people will get used to your style, genre, et cetera (something I mentioned in Writers Groups – Critiquing Methods – Read ’em and Weep).
Let me share an anecdote to demonstrate this.
Continue reading “Writers Groups – Critiquing Methods – The Month Long Read”
She’ll make you laugh to death. Literally
Hello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews
. Today we get to laugh to death. No kidding. Today’s guest is Tatjana Kruse whose genre is a real specialty; crime comedies. Currently Tatjana’s work is known everywhere but the US and folks, we are missing out. With titles like Grabt Opa aus! (Dig up Grandpa!)
, Der Gaertner war’s nicht (The Gardener Didn’t Do it)
, Jeder Mann ein Treffer (Every Man a Hit)
and Wie klaut man eine Insel? (How to Steal an Island?)
, come on, folks. These books are worth a read.
Everyone please stand up and give Tatjana Kruse a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.
I need lots of coffee. I’m not talking cups, I’m talking pots.
I’m a former rocket scientist, supermodel, attack dog walker, Nobel peace prize winner, exotic dancer turned writer (one is actually true). I was born at an early age and led a sheltered childhood in the small German town of Schwäbisch Hall. A crime fiction fan from a young age, I started right on Agatha Christie – no Enid Blyton or Dr Seuss for me. My addictions include laughter, reading, Gin & Tonic, long walks to the fridge and a love/hate relationship with Hollywood blockbusters. The mere facts: full time writer, specializing in crime comedy, living in the south of Germany, but most often travelling through Europe, doing research and/or readings/signings.
Continue reading “Tatjana Kruse – SuperModel Serial Killers and Nobel Laureate Dog Walkers”
Helpful, Informative and packed with …
Although not a Writers’ Digest book (my edition is published by Erikson), it reads like one. Like all Writers’ Digest books, this is a good primer+ for writers on the road to authorhood. There were some definite takeaways, some things I stopped to consider (I’m happy when a book makes me think. It means it’s teaching and I’m learning). Noble does a good job with examples (it seems all these Writers’ Digest type books pull from the same sources for examples).
It’s a good afternoon read for working writers, a good week long read for those starting the path. Both will find the exercises worthy, helpful and informative.
The book has the sense of being based on a undergrad or advanced placement class Noble taught. There’s a few blocks where he writes about discussions with students in a classroom setting. One nice element was Noble sharing where his suggestions weren’t used and the writing worked better for it.
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No troll is safe with The Mighty Tobes on the job!
Tobor Eichmann aka Steve Evans
took our Author Plunge
back in Feb 2018.
Lucky readers, he’s just released a revised version of The Fine Art of Internet Troll Slaying
Everyone has a right to his or her opinion. Unfortunately “unpopular” opinions are often squashed by online trolls and bullies. It is most often sparked by “aggressive cognitive dissonance”. This book serves as a handy guide for classifying and slaying those nasty trolls with grace and finesse.
Now’s your chance, folks! Get a copy or ten today!
And don’t forgot Tobor’s other books, The World of Adam Dunne.