This little grammar book is entertaining me again. How is it possible?
The writing nuggets draw me in, every time.
Last night, I sat fireside (during an unusually cold, three degree Fahrenheit evening in Arkansas) and read a most helpful reminder, found on page twenty-one:
"If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the reader's attention is by being specific, definite, and concrete. The greatest writers—Homer, Dante, Shakespeare—are effective largely because they deal in particulars and report the details that matter. Their words call up pictures."
When I write, please help me to do this.
Now ... back at it! (Back to my writing, that is...)
Hugs to all,
P.S. The Mod Code book #3, The Lost Lineage, releases in less than one month! (Feb. 14th, 2018!)
I had a reader email in asking me some questions about my writing life, and I thought I would answer them here on my blog.
So here we go:
What drew you to write YA fiction? In particular, science fiction?
I’ve always loved the young adult genre of books. YA conquers big topics in a digestible way for readers of all ages.
In regards to science fiction, specifically, my answer is two-fold:
First, I have a tendency to think deeply and regularly about God and the big questions in life. When I'm in that space, the world is vast.
Secondly, I had a vivid dream that actually turned into chapter 22 in The Mod Code (book #1 in the series). That dream set the stage for the “science-fictiony” side of the book.
What kind of language do you use and how do you handle sensitive subjects?
Do you mean inappropriate kinds of language? If so, then the answer is, I’m a pretty conservative parent—especially when it comes to what books my children read. I usually think about what words I would want my son or daughter reading when they turn thirteen, and I make sure my books would be on my own “mom allowed” list.
How did you market your books when you first started out?
A bit of social media. A few failed attempts at contests/book competitions. Book club talks. Mainly, I knew I just needed to keep writing books so my available offerings would expand, and then, my readership could expand with it
I see your ratings are very good. How do you manage that outside of being an excellent writer? How did you get your books noticed?
In general, I don’t think anyone will get good ratings with a bad book.
My most important advice in this entire blog post would be this: KEEP WRITING. And, in addition, you must keep IMPROVING your writing. It’s imperative to learn what makes a good book a good book. I learned this through a ton of reading about how to do that, and then implementing that advice into my own writing. Because ultimately, word isn’t going to spread about a book if people don’t feel it’s worthwhile enough to share with other people.
Hope this helps, Marilyn!
Have a great day everybody. : )