Emerging Writers: Guest Post #17 – Betrayal of Trust – corporate conspiracy & a character’s story

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Guest Posts

Betrayal of Trust by B. B. Wright – Fiction/Adventure/Thriller So what is it about? Edward Slocum is the executive vice president of a pharmaceutic firm in Canada. During a walk at their plant he’s very surprised to see men with machine guns. KemKor is up to something, something illegal. As his suspicions mount about his own employers, Edward finds himself on a roller-coaster ride of events that may change both his life and the community he lives and works in. So B. B....

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Emotion – what keeps us involved!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in On Writing

. Making an emotional connection with readers is critically important. If you don’t, they can easily stop reading. We are all familiar with emotions. They are what makes us have a great day or a bad one. But how does a writer use them to connect with readers? One of the most basic emotions is desire. If your characters are motivated, if they have desire, if only for a glass of water, then readers will feel connected. And the more they want something, the more...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Pace – what keeps us reading!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in On Writing

. My last post was on theme, and it is critical, but even if you have a great theme you have to keep people reading. To do that your writing needs to have pace. So what is pace? Pace is movement. Pace is driving forward. Pace is action. If you spend too much time on exposition, back story and detail then you are going to lose pace. Getting the balance right is the tricky part with pace. Consider your genre and your style as you use the following techniques for adding pace...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Theme – the most important part of writing!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in On Writing

Theme is, in my opinion, the most important part of writing. Theme is your argument, your central idea, your subject matter, your tune. For me it doesn’t matter how well you write, if your theme is boring, if your story is about an afternoon in an apartment, as your hero argues with himself about whether to make dinner for his wife, I’m just not that interested. Ok, I’ll read two pages, if your prose totally sparkles, but I’ll soon lose interest....

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Get Your Writing Noticed: How to grab your reader’s attention!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in On Writing

. A key aspect of writing for the 21st century, applicable to non fiction and fiction, is grabbing the reader’s attention. The number of distractions people have these days was covered in my last post. Here are some techniques for grabbing the reader up front: 1. Establish credibility. If you’re being published by a major publishing house this will help, but even if you’re not you can put your key credential up front. If you spent 20 years as a gardener...

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