Ten Ways to Tighten Your Writing & Hook the Reader

For anyone following my blog, I think you will find this post helpful.

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When I used to edit for a living, I earned the moniker The Death Star because I can be a tad ruthless with prose. Today I hope to teach you guys to be a bit ruthless as well. Before we get started, I do have a quick favor to ask. Some of you may know that I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so I’ve taken on our dojo’s blog to see if we can try out new and fun content and am using the moniker Dojo Diva.

I posted about how hard it is to begin and the fears that can ever keep us from starting. The way others try to stop us from doing anything remarkable. I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories, so I hope you will stop by and get the discussion going.

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‘A Split-Second in Time’ A short story by Author Adam Gainer

If you like unusual settings and great twists in reading material, check out authoradamgainer short story and blog.

Thoughts from Author Adam Gainer

Hey guys, it’s been a while. I must apologize for the absence, there is no real excuse. No, I haven’t quit writing (I don’t think any man or God could ever stop me from doing that) I have just been busy, both with writing and life both during the holidays and afterward. It happens, and will likely happen in the future. The goal is to make it happen as infrequent as possible, and to keep putting as much good work for you, the reader, to enjoy. Which brings me to what we are really here for; the story.

Here is something I wrote that I would love some feedback on…In fact, I would love the feedback so much, that I will leave it up to you to decide, whether or not, this story will be continued. I feel there may be a place for it – I certainly feel that…

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Butt in the Chair, Type…

I’ve been working in a dedicated manner. The blocks of time I’ve set aside for writing, ie., actual writing, reading books on the craft, reading selected pieces that I can only hope to emulate, as well as, author and editor blogs are working to my advantage.
At the present, I’m reading Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills, and
Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble.

I’ve found a few more sites that are excellent for the aspiring and published writer a like.
 
   Flogging the Quill, found at http://floggingthequill.typepad.com
   The Writer’s Resource Center http://www.poewar.com
   Writer’s Ville  www.writersville.com or http://www.writing.com

An All Time High

As my last post was in 2009, I’d say, I set an all time personal best for procrastinating. I decided a few weeks ago that enough is enough. I needed to get over myself, plant my butt in the chair, and start typing.
It’s back to the basics for me. I’m going to use my time wisely dividing my days into blocks of time.

Mornings are for working on my memoir. Enjoying my first cup of Seattle’s Best Cinabon coffee drowned in french vanilla creamer, mmmmm. It’s 3am, and I’m so wanting that cup, now. I’m not kidding. My drug of choice is caffeine.   I’m sorry to say my guilty little pleasure is smoking cigarettes, Marlboro Special Blend 100’s  to be exact. In my defense, I’ve cut way down and I’m thinking about purchasing an electronic cigarette.

My second block is for reviewing. I have many books on every aspect concerning the craft of writing. Maybe I’ll struggling though several writing exercises getting the old juices flowing. Wait, maybe I might need to do that first.

My last block is reserved for the internet. I work on this blog, read editor blogs, read and write emails, and read anything else I find interesting.

Blowing Hot & Cold

Blowing hot and cold…an expression I hoped never to apply to myself, but that is exactly what I have been doing with my writing. I’m always thinking of writing; though, everything I hear and see, I think about how it can be applied to a story or character/situation in a novel. Sometimes I get a chance to write it down, sometimes not, and when I do write, I exhaust myself. Then nothing, for a good long while. I blame most of this inability to commit…to just plain laziness, or possibly fear.

Fear? What is there to fear, you ask? Failure, success, maybe…neither, or just a lot of hard work. Did I mention I am disabled? You see me smirking, don’t you? That’s just a cop-out, you say? Or, am I talking to myself again…

I did want to use this particular post to give anyone who reads my blog a few web sites that I find interesting and might be helpful to any potential writers. Also, at the bottom of my blog you will find some current writing contests.

Agent Blogs:

blogqueryshark.blogspot.com

jetreidliterary.blogspot.com

nathanbransford.blogspot.com

pubrants.blogspot.com

authormba.com

In my next post, I’ll provide more sites useful to writers.

Happier Times On The Way?

Well, that last entry was rather glum was it not?
I think the past couple of years have taught me happiness is not something that just happens. If I didn’t know this little pearl of wisdom before, I know it now. Happiness has to be consciously worked at until it manifests into your existence. We are told that God will not put anything more upon us than we can handle. Their are those among us like my mother, who has had to deal with much sorrow in her life and has managed to hang on to her unquestioning faith. I love and admire her with everything that is in me. I wish, I could say that I have no questions. I have many and few answers. The one thing I am absolutely positive about is that there is one true God and He is in control of everything. And just maybe, we are not meant to understand some things. I suppose that brings us back to faith.
Are happier times in the mix for me? I’m working on it…

Writing through Adversities…

Is it possible to write when your emotions are in a whirlwind? To write when you cannot concentrate? Can writing through turbulent emotional upheavals be a balm to your frayed nerves?

For some of you, the answer to these questions is a resounding YES! For others, when the pain is new and still raw…the absolute last thing on your mind is sorting through the maze enough to talk in intelligent sentences much less write anything intelligible.

I seem to be in the second of the two options. Even now, over a month after my dad’s massive stroke, I find it difficult to gather my thoughts. I most probably would not be writing this particular entry, but for a friend asking if I’d posted anything on my blog lately.

At times like these, I feel most like a fraud. A very sad fraud. I feel like a painting of a once beautiful meadow filled with the excitement of rampant color; vivid yellows, blues, and greens blended from a perfect palate until they seem to pop off the canvas. Then… before the blending of hues can be fully appreciated, the meadow in a blink of an eye, becomes completely devoid of color. I look inward and see nothing but shades of grey. I see a heavy heart that beats under protest, emotions worn to nothing just as the artist’s charcoal wears under the constant friction of creating art. I am tired, lost and I don’t quite know how to let go…

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