“I am a writer who loves nature, art, people and literature. I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books and on my blog. My blog supports authors, features great books and poetry and provides tips for writers and readers as well. I am working on my first novel, planned for release SUMMER 2014. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to hearing from you.” — Bette
A few thoughts on writing and a NEW VERY SHORT STORY from me to you! READ IT HERE… ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on Cultural Cocktails:
(Please join me in welcoming Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author – Bette A. Stevens!)
As a save-everything-I’ve-ever-written-writer I put together a short story for you. During a brief three year jaunt along my journey as a writer (1995-1997), I kept a special journal to document what we still refer to as our California Vacation. I’m taking a small section from my journal to rewrite for this post. Our 2014 winter in Central Maine has been brutal. We still have over a foot of frozen snow in the back field. It’s been a long and bitter New England winter. A trip back in time to bask in the California sun sounds pretty soothing to this Mainer right now. So here we go.
It was hard to believe we were leaving as we headed southwest in our 1988…
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Thanks for the great writing tips! ~ Bette A. Stevens
Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:
They’re not to me.
Even if you don’t share my pet peeve, why settle for something so boring? You write a sparkling line of dialogue, and slap ‘he said’ on the end? Why not continue the sparkle instead?
But first, a few rules of dialog you may or may not be familiar with:
1. The ONLY time you need a tag is if the reader wouldn’t know who was speaking otherwise. I’m always surprised by how many NYT authors have tons of unnecessary tags. If there is only a man and a woman in the scene, and someone says, “Excuse me, I have to go to the ladies room.” do you really need a tag? Many times the dialogue itself cues the reader.
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Great Writing Tips! from Cate Russell-Cole
Originally posted on "CommuniCATE" Resources for Writers:
When does studying the craft of writing stop you or inhibit your work? That is a question which some of us need to ask. Writing has become more than a plotter or pantser issue, it can come down to science vs your instincts as a bard.
I like to know I am doing things the right way. However, in branching back out into fiction, I am finding the more I read about what to include, the more nervous I am becoming with my writing. I look at images on Pinterest, like the one on the right, feeling bemused, hemmed in, inadequate and I am stunned into inaction by a fear of failure. What if the “right” way is not my way? Jane Austen wrote without all this!
Since I originally studied writing, main characters have become protagonists and there are also antagonists, contagonists…
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