Check out this writing challenge for this week from this post on Esther Chilton's blog along with some of the pieces submitted from last week.
Check out this interview with C.S. Boyack from my author blog site. I’ve read his book, The Hat, and, along with his other works, it is worth checking out.
It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with author and blogger C.S. Boyack. I enjoy C.S. Boyack’s books and I think you will too. If you love a well-told story with twists and turns, you should check them out.
To coincide with this interview, C.S. is hosting a one-day giveaway of his book, The Hat. I have read this book and found it most entertaining. You can find out more about it at the end of this interview.
You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at email@example.com
Now, please enjoy this interview with C.S…
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Check out this post from A Writer’s Path blog with 3 types of conflict to improve your story.
by Ryan Lanz
I love the show Survivor. I know, I know. It’s a guilty pleasure.
I’m a bit of a junkie for the show. I’ve probably seen 90% of the episodes since it started 57 years ago (ish). May Jeff Probst never retire. I was wondering to myself why I love the show so much. Sure, the scenery is beautiful, and the challenges are fun to watch. But plenty of shows have that sort of thing. Then it hit me: the conflict. Survivor is rife with conflict. People are selected from different walks of life and put together as strangers in a high stress environment. Shenanigans ensue.
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Check out this short story from author John Howell from this post on his Fiction Favorites blog.
It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we were in the fortune-telling shop when Micki Lee told Larry Dunfee that she had a discussion with his deceased wife, Gloria. Larry was not convinced until she mentioned the Sandusky case. This was a super-secret case that Larry was working on. With the mention, Larry bought into a séance with Micki and Gloria. I think we should get back to the shop and see how this goes.
“You have a seat there, Larry.”
“Do I need to do anything?”
“No just sit comfortably. I will ask you to close your eyes and concentrate on my voice.”
“You going to hypnotize me?”
“Not at all, Larry. If I was going to hypnotize you I would have already done it. Just relax and let me ask you if you’re willing to talk to Gloria?”
“Y-yes I’m willing?”
“Do you have any concerns?”
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Check out this guest post from author Judy Penz Sheluk as featured on Sue Vincent’s blog.
If you’ll pardon the pun, tarot was never in the cards when I began writing Skeletons in the Attic. I knew I’d have a protagonist, Calamity (Callie) Barnstable, who would be thrust into the position of finding out what happened when her mother disappeared thirty years earlier. I knew she’d be a fish out of water, a big city Toronto woman heading to Marketville, a town she described as the sort of place a family with two kids, a cat and a collie moved to. I even knew there was a scheming psychic, Misty Rivers, ready to take on Callie’s assignment if Callie turned it down. But my original thinking was more along the line of a crystal ball and tea leaves. Tarot? Not on the radar.
And then one day I walked into a quirky little gift shop attached to a large natural foods store. Among the crystals…
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Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with some hindsight for a younger author.
1. It’s not a race.
2. When people hire you, they won’t care that you didn’t get published before you were 21 or whatever.
3. Stop trying to write like Laurie Halse Anderson. She’s amazing, but calm down.
4. That John Green guy you just discovered will literally change your life.
5. Your friends aren’t just being polite. They really do like the way you write.
6. When someone compliments your work, thank them. But keep in touch with them after the fact.
7. That boy doesn’t deserve to be the MC’s crush in your book and you know it.
8. You don’t have to be good at everything. It’s OK to be average at most things, and exceptional at one.
9. Do your homework. There will be plenty of time for writing when you’re done.
10. That blog you’re thinking about starting? You won’t regret it.
11. DON’T. STOP…
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Check out this post from the How to eBook blog on the topic of untapped markets for authors.
“You should be going to every Girl Scout Jamboree in the country!” urged a troop leader to author-illustrator Sarah Dillard. Sarah, whose Mouse Scouts chapter book series is beloved by Daisies, Brownies, and Girl Scouts the nation over, had been invited to the Girl Expo in Vermont on our state fairgrounds, and her publisher, Random House, arranged for a booth where we could set up and sell the books. What struck me was how many Daisy and Brownie leaders hadn’t known about the books and were intensely interested in them.