Do writers have responsibilities? If so, what are they? Do these differ from the responsibilities of, say, sculptors, painters, or photographers? And is there a different set of rules for those who write poetry versus those who write fiction?
Though I write in various forums, I’ll speak on fiction for this article. As an author, I do indeed have responsibilities. My first—and most important—responsibility is to know how to construct a sentence. This includes knowing proper punctuation, what and when to capitalize, and correct spelling. If the story in question begins with massive amounts of misplaced commas, run-on sentences, and poor spelling, I’m not likely to find an audience for my work.
Equally important is the need to tell a compelling tale. Nobody wants to read entire chapters with the main character searching for his car keys, getting coffee at Starbucks, or filling his tank with premium gasoline because that
Mark your calendars for the NEW RELEASE of Wandering Spirits II by authors Kim Cox, Elizabeth Delisi, Chris Grover, Sheryl Hames Torres, and Maureen McMahon. The official release date is October 1, 2016, and can be obtained in both eBook and paperback.
GET OUT OR DIE by Kim Cox
When Lana Malloy helps a young widow communicate with her late husband, she learns of a frightening new ability — an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand. Knowing this next case will be more difficult than anything she’s ever faced, Lana struggles for control when she encounters an angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the occupants of the house to stay. Does she have other abilities she can rely on to save her?
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I know that you have been visiting some really awesome blogs along this block party tour, with really interesting blog posts. Some were short and sweet, others were lengthy and filled with details. Mine, well, it will fall somewhere in the middle.
I thought I’d feed you a little Author Stew…a little of this, and a little of that, but all in the helpful tips department. So, here goes…I’m going to ask you 5…
I got a bit of encouragement yesterday from one of the board members of a book club I belong to (Oh, heck! It’s Rave Reviews Book Club). Anyway, he (John Fioravanti—name dropping again) reminded me that he is awaiting the publication of my book.
(Dancing, dancing, dancing in my seat!) This was very heartwarming because John is a published author and he was taking time to remind me that I’m not alone. Other writers have also been encouraging and supporting me by tweeting that my book is coming! That is so humbling, so daunting, and so AWESOME!
That said, let me tell you where I stand.
Yesterday, I leapt up from my chair after writing my last sentence, and declared to the world, “I’m done!” There would have been cause for much celebration if those words had been true, but I know that there is still much to do.
However, there are some things in Scrivener that I still don’t know how to do. They are:
Write into the notes (I knew this and I did it a few times, but now I can’t remember it).
Eliminate chapters (Some are duplicates, others are places I put notes when I couldn’t find the note thingy).
Combine parts in chapters (My chapters have chapters inside them because as I wrote, scenes became whole chapters and now I don’t know how to put them together).
Compile for publishing (After I clean up everything above, I will be ready to compile the chapters).
Make an e book (This is how I plan to send my book to my beta-readers unless someone is willing to suggest another way I can get it to them)
I will need to Google all these things to get the book ready for my Beta Readers. However I still L-O-V-E Scrivener!
I have targeted my daughter, a former school teacher and now administrator, to read for me. I can trust her to be (almost) brutally honest. Also, I’m going back to Mocha Girls Read, a book club I belonged to three years ago. Hat-in-hand, I plan to ask if any of them will read. (It would be nice if all ten active members said yes).
Last Fall, during Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Back to School Book and Blog Block Party”, I revealed a couple of chapters of the book, Neon Houses. The responses were good and all were encouraging. There were offers to host me on a tour, to make my trailer, and to design a cover when the book was finished. Well, if you were serious, I’m almost there Guys.
It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to being a published author.
Of Course “All Lives Matter” and that is the point of “Black Lives Matter”. I get so tired of people viewing the “Black Lives Matter” movement with narrowed or accusatory eyes. To say that “Black Lives Matter is not to negate that White, Brown, or Yellow lives matter.
Actor Jessie Williams said it best, “What we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday.”
That’s what “Black Lives Matter” is about. Its purpose is to focus attention on the perpetual inequalities that exist in the United States (and presumably other countries since it has exploded all over the world).
Black Lives are disproportionately taken for inanely stupid things like traffic stops. You may say that they should have cooperated with the police, but I say even when they do, some end up dead.
I’ve seen non-black detainees hit cops, curse at them, spit on them, and still be given the benefit of the doubt because they were drunk. These people live to drive away.
To argue the importance of this movement or to say it shouldn’t exist because “All Lives Matter” is missing the point.
I’m not political, but please STOP with this “All Lives Matter” retort. It makes you seem ignorant and petty—almost as if abused people can’t get attention for their suffering without you wanting to take even that away?
Watch this video by Jane Elliot and then tell me if you don’t agree with “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. The video so aptly captures the plight of Black America.
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