A Tribute to Writing

 Happy New Year Everyone!

It is time to get started on another year as we continue our journey in the world of writing. And to signal the end of 2014, I’d like to make a tribute to writing by recognizing the members of the Writing Writers Group (WWG).

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Reach for the stars..

 

Reaching a Goal

There were several members of the WWG that saw their dream of becoming a published author turn into a reality during 2014.

 

In tribute, Tipping hat by President Coolidge hats off to each of you

Paul Dellinger for his book Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories Mr. Lazarus book cover

Rosa Lee Jude for her completion of her five book series, Legends of Graham Mansion Graham Mansion Series

Renate Braddy for her Scars debut Renate Scars book cover

K.R. Thompson for not one, but TWO series: The Keeper Saga and The Untold Stories of Neverland with Book One-Hook Hook book cover

Pam B. Newberry with two books: The Letter: A Page of My Life and The Fire Within Fire book cover

The WWG is developing into a prolific bunch of writers!

It is exciting to share what we’ve learned, to support each other’s writing goals, and to know someone will always be there when one of us is feeling lost, despondent, or as a failure. Being an active member of the WWG is an important component to being able to make the writing journey seem less like a dream and feel more like life–it is real!

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Reach for the stars…

Goal Setting 

Setting goals is another important part of living the writing life. And, like all good New Year’s revelers, we are being encouraged by all of the writing gurus in the writing world to determine and set goals.

So, what are your goals for 2015? Have you set any yet? If not, why not?

There are many different ways you can set a goal. But, sometimes, as we’ve heard, the KISS method maybe the best method.

  • Take time to sit down and reflect on what 2014 meant to you as a writer.
  • Use a pad and pencil to record your thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
  • Consider how you want 2015 to be used to help you improve your chances at reaching your goals. But mostly, ask yourself what do you REALLY want for 2015?
  • After you list your dreams, begin to make plans for how you plan to reach them. It is possible! Think about how good you will feel this time next year when you look back on your journey—it will spur you forward!

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Here are some good reading suggestions you may find thought-provoking as well as inspirational:

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May you

  • Find this blog helpful to you
  • Support each other in your writing endeavors whether through posting comments or sharing this post
  • Make plans for 2015 to be stellar, because you are!
  • Consider writing the next great novel, novella, novelette, short story, or an entry in your journal, but mostly, just WRITE!

Always with Smiles and Cheers,
Pam

This post, A Tribute to Writing, was first posted on The WWG Blog by Pam on January 2, 2015.

Pam’s Bio: An aspiring novelist and honey bee keeper. Learn more about Pam’s writing by following her website and signing up for her newsletter: The Newberry Tales.

Pictures in post: All book images courtesy of the respective authors. Dream Big and Read photos by Stuart Miles and 2015 photo by Satit Sirhin all from Free Digital Photos dot net, and the President Coolidge picture courtesy of Wiki Commons

Five Books and a Funeral

by Rosa Lee Jude, Co-author of the Legends of Graham Mansion series

The five books of the Legends of Graham Mansion Series

The five books of the Legends of Graham Mansion Series

Squire finally stopped talking.

That may seem like a strange opening line for a blog post. It’s only strange if you don’t know who Squire is.

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Book Five – Revelation

The final book, REVELATION, in the Legends of Graham Mansion series has just been released. This five-volume journey began when co-author and historian Mary Lin Brewer contacted me in March 2012. “I have this idea for a series,” she said. “I’ve got tons of research, legends, and stories. But, I’m not really a fiction writer. I understand that you are.” As they say, the rest is history, quite literally now. Two and half years and five books later, the series is complete. I finally shut up Squire.

For those of you who have not read the series, “Squire” is Squire David Graham. This mysterious, but brilliant, man was a powerful entrepreneur of the 1800s in Southwest Virginia. He amassed a substantial number of businesses and land holdings in a relatively short amount of time and was known for his ruthless business dealings and not-so-pleasant personality. The beacon of his success still stands today in the form of a historic mansion in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Many say that he has never left his stately home. I say he has spent the last two and a half years living rent free inside my head.

While our central character and heroine was a lovely young lady and time traveler named Grae White, Squire seemed to be the one who truly haunted me. Through the many long months of writing the series, he visited me in my dreams. Sometimes so forcefully that I would have to get up in the middle of the night and pay homage to him on my keyboard. The grave scene in AMBITION was the result of three such nights in a row.

As I tied up the loose ends of the series in the finale, I reread the previous volumes. Even an author has to remind herself, at times, about what she has written. I couldn’t leave any key elements unresolved. The more I read the previous books (REDEMPTION, AMBITION, DECEPTION, and SALVATION), the louder Squire’s voice seemed to get. He was determined that I finish his story. But, one late July evening, as the final words were typed, he grew silent. I felt like I had been to a funeral, my emotions were spent. I had laughed and cried a lot through the final story. I had said goodbye. I had finished Squire’s story. He has been silent ever since.

Writing a series is a serious undertaking. It’s not just the beginning and end that are important, it’s all those words in between that link together to convey the world you have created for your readers. It’s a commitment. The characters become family. The readers become friends. You don’t want to let anyone down. Many readers have asked how I managed to write so many words (about 450,000) in two and a half years. The answer is simply dedication. Just about every night and every weekend, words were typed. While I was at work during the day, the story passed to Mary Lin who would fill in the historical matter, legends, and some of her own twists. Weeks turned into months and like the little engine who could, we built a series—one page, one chapter, one book, at a time.

And now, it’s over. All has been revealed. REVELATION is in the hands of those who will cherish it the most, the readers. Now in its entirety, we hope that it is embraced by legions of future readers for many years to come.

The journey is over. Or maybe, it’s only just begun.
Rosa

Introduction of Rosa Lee Jude

Rosa Lee Jude began creating her own imaginary worlds at an early age. While her career path has included stints in journalism, marketing, tourism, and local government, she is most at home at a keyboard spinning yarns of fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her patient husband and very spoiled rescue dog.

To learn more about the series, visit http://www.LegendsofGrahamMansion.com

If you would like to follow Rosa Lee’s writing adventures, like her Author Page on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/rosaleejudeauthor

You can also like her Author Page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosaleejude


Thanks Rosa for another very informative post! We hope you will leave a comment or two and will follow Rosa as she begins a new journey in writing. Word is she is working on a new book. You should post questions to her and get her to share what she’s planning for her writing adventure!

 

For Labor Day Weekend: One Piece of Advice from Elmore Leonard

Happy Labor Day Weekend to Everyone!!!

Here’s hoping each of you have a blessed Labor Day weekend and can even get a little writing going at the same time.

To help you prepare for our meeting on Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., I thought I’d share a writing prompt you might would like to try.

Write as much as you can on the following prompt from the October issue of “The Writer” journal (perfect for setting the mood for the fall):

A character enters a cemetery, but not to visit a grave or to attend a funeral. Why is the character there? Who or what does the character encounter? Create an unconventional graveyard scene with a surprising outcome. Describe the cemetery sights and develop atmosphere through sound and weather.

So, have fun with this. Write each day between now and Saturday, Sept 6. Let’s see how much you are able to do.

And, for a little writing inspiration, here is a quote from Elmore Leonard (mystery and thriller novelist) that I love:

“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.”

Take care and Write On!
Pam

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Why I Want to Write

by Jean Desmarais

Why I want to write is a question I’ve asked myself on more than one occasion and people have asked that of me, too. In this guest post from WWG member, Jean Desmarais, you will read her reasoning and how she has approached her writing journey…

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I have always heard a lot of stories from both sides of my family that I would like to write down, but I was not quite sure how to go about the process. I am somebody that had a difficult time when I was in high school trying to write a three hundred word theme paper for English. While I was debating about what to do, I read an article in the local newspaper about a writing class that was to be held at our local library. Word of mouth also entered the picture, in that several friends told me I should attend. So, I signed up and went to my first meeting. I was a little lost.

Now, I am an active member of the Writing Writer’s Group. I am getting instructions on how to be a writer. It is and will be a slow process. But I show up. I don’t think you are too old to learn. I’m old, but I’m not Grandma Moses, either. I have observed how others write, and I think I could also write given instruction. I write long hand, as I cannot sit down to a computer and just start typing, the flow is not there. Once I have everything down in writing, I can type it in and sometimes add-on. I think that I try to write about what I like to read. I’m sure writing comes easy to some persons as I have observed, but I have to be in the writing mood.

After being in the group over three years, I am pleased with myself when I put enough information together that I have two pages to type. After I write everything down I read it aloud. And, just like I was told, my story sounds different when I hear my words. Reading my work aloud helps me know if it sounds right and makes sense.

Or maybe I could write something like this poem:

I am going down to the sea

And I do not know what I will see

But I do know that someone will be there

And I cannot wait to set and smell the sea air

Maybe, but maybe I should not try this and just stick to writing short stories.

I borrowed a book, “You’ve Got A Book in You” by Elizabeth Sims, about writing from fellow writer, Belinda Stroupe. A song kept humming in my head and I wondered if it was a hint to write about it. The song, “Don’t Fence Me In,” was all I could think about was mustangs running on the range with their manes blowing in the breeze. I could take my vision of the song in a different direction; I could go with a prison theme. Then, I wondered, while being incarcerated, would I be likely to think of being free and running like the horses.

I find that I am writing or thinking of writing more, now that I try to write. If you have any thoughts about this, please leave a comment.

Jean Desmarais

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Thanks, Jean, for another interesting post regarding your journey to become a writer. It is such a joy to see how Jean is becoming comfortable with sharing her words. If you would like to contact Jean, please e-mail her at the following: jeandesmar [at] yahoo [dot] com.

And, if you would like to share your personal journey of becoming a writer, please leave a comment. Let Jean know you liked her post by clicking on the “Like” button! Share this post with your friends and help us spread the word that the Writing Writers Group (WWG) is learning, writing, and thriving!

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Always with Happy Ink Pens and Pencils,
Pam

Demons of Laziness

Hello!

Just a quick post to let you know that more guest blogger posts are in the works.

I’ve been writing and revising my next book, “The Fire Within.”

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Coming Summer 2014

The heat of the summer has taken its toll on my poor vegetable garden and me. These cool mornings lull my body into thinking it can’t move. My mind listens. I don’t want to change out of my PJs. I want to lounge around, read, and write.

Never fear! I will rise up and conquer those demons of laziness.

In the coming weeks, guest bloggers Jean Desmarais and Geanna Sowers will share their stories with you. And, with a little prodding, so will other members of the Writing Writers Group!

Until then, read and enjoy, leave a comment, sign-up for a subscription, but most importantly, come back and visit us again!

Pam

 

The Face behind the Fiction

by Paul Dellinger

When I was growing up and moving on from the comic books at my hometown newsstand, I began looking at fiction magazines. Dozens of them, from mystery to western to science fiction to “men’s” and “women’s” specialty stories, lined the shelves. But by the end of the 1950s, due mainly to magazine distribution problems and increasingly to the rise of home television snatching up reading time, all-fiction magazines began dying off. Newsstands themselves were disappearing.

Today, there are still five old-timers still hanging around: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. They can sometimes be found in the bookstore of a major chain, but other than that, mostly by subscription. So magazines are going through tough times, what’s left of them.

F&SF, as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is known, has been going for well over ten decades now. Except for Ellery Queen and Analog (once known as Astounding), it is the longest-running fiction magazine still going.

Gordon Van Gelder became the editor of F&SF, at the start of 1997. Three years later, he purchased the magazine and became its publisher as well. In mid-May, he was guest of honor at a gathering in Bristol, Va., called DeepSouthCon, a convention of people who enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and related kinds of stories. It has been held annually for some fifty years in states located in the southern part of the country, but this was its first year in Virginia.

“Hi. I’m Gordon,” he introduced himself as he visited with attendees, accompanied by his wife and young daughter. You would never know his flight to nearby Tri-Cities Airport had been diverted to Knoxville. He and his family had to drive about two hours just to get to Bristol late that night, or rather that early morning, before the three-day convention started.

F&SF has been published since 1949. It now comes out every other month rather than monthly, but it is about twice the size of its sister magazines. Here’s a side tip for writers—Van Gelder said he gets more fantasy than science fiction submissions, and he would like to receive more SF submissions. He has an amazing knowledge of the history of the genre, especially considering that he has only lived through the last forty-seven years of it.

Aspiring writers, naturally, feel unhappy when an editor turns down one of their stories. It may have nothing to do with the quality of the work. The rejection might be due to something as simple as the magazine having published a story with a similar theme in a recent issue. Or, the writer might not have read carefully enough the magazine’s guidelines for the kind of fiction needed—guidelines for submissions can be found on the websites of all five short fiction magazines.

However, have you ever thought about an editor’s unhappiness because he or she had to reject a story? Van Gelder hates sending a rejection so much that he will occasionally hang onto a submission longer than he should, simply because he dislikes the idea of upsetting the author and maybe discouraging further submissions. Several writers who have received stories back from him agree that he writes the nicest rejections in the business.

Van Gelder admitted, during the convention’s opening ceremonies to a room full of Southern fans, that he, a New Jersey guy, had never mastered one Southern tradition. He cannot pronounce “Y’all” convincingly.

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Thanks Paul for yet another informative post. How exciting that you were able to attend DeepSouthCon, to see and hear Van Gelder, and enjoy three full days of other SF fun activities.

If you would like to communicate with Paul, you may contact him at pmd7[at] hotmail [dot] com.

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P.S. On a personal note, please drop by Big Walker Lookout & Country Store on Sunday, May 25 from Noon until 2:00 p.m. when Pam Newberry will be there for a book signing of The Letter. Also, she’ll be taking pre-orders for her debut novel, The Fire Within slated for release this summer.

Happy Memorial Weekend!

 

Time to write…

What does the phrase “time to write” mean to you?

Sometimes—to me—it means I look for other things to do.

It means I purposely schedule things to do so I won’t have “time to write.”  It means I go on Facebook, search the Internet, read other books, read other pieces of paper, clean the house, wash the clothes, cook, visit with friends (not as often as I’d like), work in the garden or not work in the garden, and find a way to NOT have “time to write.”

Sometimes, it means I give up all the things I want to do, including writing so that I have “time to write.” Isn’t that a crazy thing for a writer to say. I give up writing in order to have “time to write”? Well, maybe. But, right now, I’m a little crazy.

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Coming Spring-Summer 2014

I’m struggling with finishing my novel, The Fire Within. Not that I don’t know how I want the story to end. I actually am scared of finishing it.

If I finish it, I must revise it and get it ready for publication. If I revise it and get it ready for publication, I must get it published. If I get it published, I must buy copies to sell or make it available on Amazon.

If I buy copies to sell or make it available on Amazon, I must advertise and publicize its availability. If I advertise and publicize its availability, then it is out there for the world to read.

Ugh! That is a scary thought on so many levels.

Marine, the protagonist in The Fire Within keeps talking to me and she says, “I want the world to learn about me. I want the world to know I exist. Put your backside down in that chair and type girl!”

Anageliza, a not so friendly colleague of Marine’s says, “You go find something else to do. We don’t need you.”

Dr. Chet, Marine’s confident and close friend says, “Now, it is important for you to consider all of your options before you take one step away from your computer.”

Drake, Marine’s new-found love interest says, “As you type the ending to your story, I’ll massage your feet, provide you with luscious chocolates, and when you type ‘the end,’ I’ll prepare a warm, soaking bath for you to indulge your wildest dreams.”

I must find “time to write.”

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Check back next week when our guest blogger will be Jean Desmarais. Jean will be writing a follow-up post to her first post, The Winskells of Westmoreland.

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Another Letter to Myself: Epistolary Style

Hello! This guest post is by our own, Belinda Stroupe. Welcome back, Belinda! She has put together another awesome post. Please thank her by leaving comments and clicking the “Like” on the icons below…

ANOTHER LETTER TO MYSELF: Epistolary Style

 

Journal Entry–April 15, 2015

 

Wow! Talk about life coming full-circle.

Today, I joined my fellow writers of the “WWG Anthology I” for our first book signing

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appearance at the annual Authors on Monroe Street event held by the Wythe County Public Library. While waiting my turn to sign a copy of our book we were donating to the library, I noticed a lady standing by the entryway clutching a large brown envelope staring intently in my direction.

Normally, I wouldn’t have thought anything about this, but looking at her across the room was like looking into a mirror. I found myself wondering if she would have my voice because her appearance was so identical to mine, she even had her hair styled the exact same way I wore mine. I’ve never seen twins that pulled off similarities as this stranger and I did.

When I completed signing the book and handed if off to Ms. Jean, I, again, shot a glance over to the entryway, but she had moved over to the circulation desk and was talking with one of the girls on duty. I strained to hear her voice, hoping I wouldn’t hear my voice coming back at me, but with the noisy excitement of the book signing underway, I never could hear.

Several people that purchased our book wanted to know if my contribution was the story “Treasure” that was written about in Pam’s blog last year. I’m grateful that as a group we had already planned a response for that question, since my memory loss has caused me to forget what I wrote. Even with the help of the group the “Treasure” wasn’t found, but it wasn’t a total loss, because the members and I rebuilt our relationships and with their encouragement and assistance I was able to write another story in time for our first book.

I was glad when our time for signing books was over. Who would have dreamed you could get cramps in your hand so bad. After packing up, I decided to eat some of the refreshments in the library’s conference room. While fixing my plate, I heard the door open. Assuming it was one of my fellow writers, I continued on without looking up; but when I turned around my plate fell to the floor.

Standing in front of me was my doppelganger from earlier. Face-to-face, she looked more like me than ever. She was still clutching the large brown envelope, too. She seemed to be trying to puzzle through something. After a long pause, I spoke,

“Hi, I’m Belinda. May I help you?”

“You don’t remember me do you?”

“Should I? I will admit looking at you is like looking in a mirror.”

“Okay Belinda, you may want to have a seat. I think this may take awhile…my name is Alexandria, and I’m your twin sister.”

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Two hours later, and still reeling from my meeting with Alexandria, I left the library clutching the large brown envelope and drove home. I drove with one hand on the wheel and one hand touching the envelope lying in the front seat, not wanting to lose contact with its contents, again. I placed it on the kitchen table, and then I sat for hours staring at it before I could work up the nerve to open it. Now, I can say, beyond any doubt, “There is a reason for everything!”

It seemed that the memory loss caused by my surgery went back further than the doctors thought. I’ve just finished reading my original contribution to the WWG anthology. It revealed a semi-historical account I had written of my father’s life. I had entrusted the manuscript with Alexandria, the twin sister I never knew, but I had found while researching the story about my father, along with more of his secrets.

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I hope you enjoyed my post as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. When I read stories, I love the intimacy of the Epistolary form (i.e., the use of letters, journal entries, newspaper clippings, emails, and such as a means of storytelling) of writing. Learning to write a blog post is a new experience and I thought I would use the Epistolary form. For more information, you may find these links of interest:

Enjoy writing!
Belinda

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Belinda Stroupe is the Adult Services Coordinator at the Wythe County Public Library in Wytheville, Virginia. She is founder of the Writing Writers Group (WWG) that meets twice a month at the library on the first and third Saturdays starting at 11:00 a.m.

If you would like to communicate with Belinda, you may contact her at blaksl [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Belinda, thank you so very much for another informative post! (To read a prior post by Belinda, please follow the link to A Letter to Myself). The epistolary form of novel writing is indeed a fun way to help you break into writing. What other forms of writing have you tried? Do any of you create poems when you write? If so, share some of your work with us!

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Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories

 

Happy April – Spring Time! This week’s guest blogger, Paul Dellinger, shares some exciting news! Read on for more…

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Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories

by Paul Dellinger

I started out drawing stick figures, trying to do my own comic books when I was in grade school. Finally, I graduated to pen-and-ink and crayon-colored drawings of my versions of some of the comics I enjoyed.

The same newsstand-soda shop I frequented that carried the rows of comics also had a spinner-rack of paperbacks, and eventually I moved to those. I’m still buying those, but they aren’t 25 cents anymore.

During all that time, from grade school through high school, and beyond, I always had a yen to tell stories of my own. Not comic book stories – I was never a good enough artist for that – but written-down stories like those I craved to read.

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“Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories,” published February 24, 2014

It wasn’t until I was in the service while taking a news-writing course when the instructor at the Army training school, a Specialist-5 Corum, told some of us about something called The Writer’s Handbook. This handbook, which carried the addresses for magazines that might actually publish and pay for such work, helped me to realize that I might be able to make a dream come true.

I soon found a bookshop (remember bookshops?) that had a copy of The Writer’s Handbook. I bought it, picked out a magazine, and sent in a 3,000-word short story. I received a note back from Cele Goldsmith, editor at Fantastic Magazine (published from 1952 to 1980) and a contract to buy my story for a penny a word. It made my day, despite being on K.P. duty, and it helped me buy my first portable typewriter (remember typewriters?) from the base’s Post Exchange store.

Two years later, I met Ms. Goldsmith when I treated myself, as a getting-out-of-the-Army gift, to attend the World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C. To my astonishment, she remembered my story. Then, she turned to the next person standing in the hotel’s lobby and introduced me to one of my long-time literary idols, Isaac Asimov.

Book cover of "Don't Look Up!"Another ten years passed before I would sell another story. Since then, at different times, I have managed to sell a short story occasionally. During the UFO flap that Wytheville experienced shortly before 1990, radio newscaster Danny Gordon and I co-authored the book, Don’t Look Up!, about the anatomy of the phenomena. The book is now all but out of print.

Now, finally, I have another book, Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories that recently was published. It is composed of many of those short stories I’ve managed to place in various venues over the years. This collection is made up of the science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal genres. It is available locally, for the first time on Monday, April 14, on the second day of the Authors on Monroe Street event at the Wythe County Public Library. For a schedule of the complete four-day program of guest authors, visit Pam’s blog I’m late, I’m late for a very important event or visit the library website at URL: http://wythegrayson.lib.va.us/

The library also is the host for the meetings of the Writing Writers Group (WWG), which is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The WWG is open to anyone interested in writing and in any of its forms. The WWG has been invaluable to me in my ambition to continue placing stories here and there.

Thanks again to Pam Newberry for sharing her writing and publication experiences during our writing group meetings, and for offering its participants a chance to blog here on the J. K. Brooks Publishing website.

The following are links for further reading:

  • The first review of Mr. Lazarus an Other Stories at URL: http://yellow30scifi.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/mr-lazarus-and-other-stories/
  • The Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB) is a community effort to catalog works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This link is a list of many of the stories included in my recent book with a listing of their original publication sources. Within the list on this site are a few additional stories that are not in the collection at URL: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?12323
  • Barnes and Noble link to several books that I’ve written or co-authored at URL: http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?store=book&ATH=Paul%20Dellinger
  • And finally, a link to where you may acquire a copy of Mr. Lazarus and Other Stories on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lazarus-Other-Stories-Paul-Dellinger/dp/1495423506/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397159812&sr=1-1

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Thanks Paul for a delightful new post, but more importantly, CONGRATULATIONS on the publication of your new book!

If you would like to communicate with Paul, you may contact him at pmd7 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Keep those pencils moving and keyboards humming!
Pam

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Living On The Edge

This week’s guest blogger for Pam’s writing blog is my good friend and colleague, Rosa Lee Jude. If I try to write an introduction on everything there is to say about Rosa, you’ll never have a chance to read her post. So, without further ado, I give you …

Introduction of Rosa Lee Jude

Living On The Edge

By Rosa Lee Jude

True writers have a consuming desire to tell a story. They want to give voice to the rumbling characters who converse with them in their heads. They want someone else to love the worlds they have so carefully created. They want readers who will hunger for their next story.

I didn’t fully realize this until after I wrote my first novel, REDEMPTION. It was the first of a five-part series entitled the Legends of Graham Mansion that Mary Lin Brewer and I Cover of Redemption, first book in Legends of Graham Mansion Series.co-authored. Mary Lin is the historian and researcher for our project. I am the spinner of the yarn, the wordsmith. Up until this point, most of my stories could be classified as singular, one story. I never seriously considered writing a series. Now, I’m not sure that I would consider writing anything else but a series. It’s an addiction—fed by the readers, the fans.

It’s all about leaving a trail of delicious morsels of information and a cliff-hanger at the end. Like building a house, you have to start with a firm foundation. Believable, likable characters are essential in a premise that intrigues readers. You must construct many layers on this foundation in the form of setting, minor characters, conflicts and resolutions, and in my case, many twists and turns to keep the readers guessing…AND, most importantly, wanting more!

I am a firm believer in cliff-hangers. While, these edge-of-your-seat morsels normally come at the end of a book, it isn’t a bad idea to have them appear within a story. For example, one of the main characters in my series is a talking feline by the name of The General. This character has a huge presence throughout the series. He is a walking, talking, tail-swishing cliff-hanger in each book. His true identity will be revealed in the last book of the series.

But, there is an interesting thing about cliff-hangers. People love to hate them. After each book is released, some fans grumble that they have been left hanging. Yet, when asked what they like the best about the story, many say it is the suspense.

Woman climbing a rock on the side of a cliff.

Will she make it?

Writers beware! Don’t push your story off a cliff with a cliff-hanger! You must be careful not to write yourself so close to the edge of the cliff that your story falls off on its own. Like a great movie scene, you want your readers to go right to the edge so that you can pull them back in for more.

And, that is truly the purpose of a series. You want these loyal readers to follow your adventure from beginning to end. You want them to love the world you have created as much as you do. You want them to buy the next book…and the next…all the way up to the final installment. Then, you want them to take a trip with you again with your next series. At least, that’s what I hope. When the Legends of Graham Mansion series draws to a close this fall, I hope that thousands of readers will join me as I explore a brave new terrain on another twisted adventure. I will lay the foundation for each book that will give them just enough to feel at home in my new world, but not confident enough that readers will feel like they know the rest of the story.

If you haven’t taken this time travel journey with me, please consider giving it a try—it’s a little history, a little mystery, and a little twist in time. I challenge those writers reading this to consider the use of cliff-hangers in their next adventure. Then “The End” really will not be so…final.

Girl reading a book.The following are links for further reading:

  • What I consider THE BEST book on writing EVER…. Stephen King’s On Writing found at URL: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B000FC0SIM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395787424&sr=8-1&keywords=on+writing
  • One of my favorite authors…she spins a yarn that makes you want to meet her characters…and by the end of her story, you feel like you have…Cathy Lamb. Her website is found at URL: http://cathylamb.net/
  • Reading Joe Konrath’s blog on Indie Publishing is what convinced me to have full confidence in the indie publishing route. Read about his thoughts at URL: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

Thanks for reading,
Rosa

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Rosa Lee Jude began creating her own imaginary worlds at an early age. While her career path includes stints in journalism, marketing, tourism and local government, she is most at home at a keyboard spinning yarns of fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her patient husband and very spoiled rescue dog.

Thank you so much Rosa for sharing with us how you do it! We look forward to reading your next installment, SALVATION, which is book four of the Legends of Graham Mansion series due out this spring!

If you would like to connect with Rosa, you may write her through rljude [at] embarqmail [dot] com or you may follow her through her blog, Twist of a Tale (http://twistofatale.blogspot.com/).

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Always in writing,
Pam

 

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