A Perfect 10 with Melanie Jayne

Author Don Massenzio

Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Melanie Jayne. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by.

Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 and look for an exciting announcement regarding all of the participating authors for 2018.

DSC_7639 Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Wow, let’s jump right into making me sound like a crazy woman. I’m in the process of writing my twelfth book and I’ve finally figured out a few things about my process.

I am a slow starter. Although I’m a Planner and I have a very extensive outline, the first third of the book is a grind. I wonder if this story is the worst ever, if I should stop, maybe I should look at the job postings in my area? And then, I find my rhythm and I…

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10 Major Areas Authors Must Choose For Marketing Their Books

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Authors hear a lot of the same advice about book marketing and publicity.  It’s very obvious what needs to be done.  The question is how does one do these things especially with limited time, money, desire, or knowledge?
The best way to tackle this is to first take an overview of things.  Start by identifying your short vs. long term goals.  Those goals will dictate your priorities and help you schedule your time and allocate your resources properly.

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#MotownWriters: How to Write From a Child’s Perspective—But for Adult Readers via @janefriedman

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

If you’ve ever tried to write children’s literature, you probably found that it’s just as hard as writing for adults, even if the work is typically shorter. Plus there’s the added challenge of understanding and writing about the challenges faced by kids today, which can be different than those you faced twenty, thirty, or forty more years ago. (For those curious about writing for youth, here’s a great post on YA writing.)

But what if you want to write from a child’s perspective for adults? In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, novelist Sophie Chen Keller offers an incisive look at what’s different about it:

Read more : https://www.janefriedman.com/write-from-childs-perspective-for-adults/

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Chapter 18 — The Archivist

Chapter 18

A loud crack and an avalanche of dust filled the air. Lennie shoved Nickie out of the way as stones tumbled from the ceiling. “Run!” They bolted deeper into the tunnel, ducking as stones from the ceiling crashed around them.

Nickie fell with a cry of pain and Lennie covered the younger woman with her body. Lennie shuddered with each loud crash. Shit! I hope the others are all right. “Nickie, you all right?”

“N-no.” There was a catch in her voice. “My left arm hurts. A rock hit it, that’s why I fell.”

“Keep still.” Lennie winced when a large rock bounced by her. “Once things settle down, I’ll take a look at the arm. I have a first aid kit in my pack.”

Nickie coughed. “Okay.”

In her haste to protect Nickie, she dropped the flashlight; they waited in the darkness for the stones to stop falling. The cave-in around them subsided while, in the distance, the sound of falling stones, and debris continued.

Coughing in the dust-laden air, Lennie sat up. “Son of a bitch!” She removed the pack from her back. “Don’t move, I need to get my other flashlight out and find out how bad things are.”

“Ok. Lennie, will they be able to find us?”

“They’ll find us. They have our last known GPS position.” Pawing through her pack, she found her spare flashlight.

The dust glistened in the beam of light. A silvery glint caught Lennie’s eye; a twelve-sided seal about a foot across stood out on the wall across from them. The runes on the seal matched the ones on the metal fragments they had found. Her hand trembled with excitement causing the beam of light to bounce.

The discovery mesmerized her, but remembering Nickie, she tore her gaze from the wall and dug out the first aid kit. “Let’s get your arm splinted and into a sling. After that, I’ll try to contact Shannon and the others.” She helped Nickie sit up and leaned her against the wall.

A few tears trickled down her cheeks. “I’m sorry I got hurt.”

Lennie put an arm around the young woman. “It wasn’t your fault, Nickie. A few of these tunnels are unstable, but this one was marked solid.” She gave her a quick reassuring squeeze and tended the injured arm.


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Writing Quotes — Jane Yolen


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Writing Tip — 12


Each writer has a different way of dealing with the problem of writer’s block. Jumping ahead in the story worked for me. Others move on to another writing project for a while, then returning to the work they are having trouble with. Some go the ‘stream of consciousness’ route, writing down whatever comes to mind, not stopping until they have a page or two filled. Another way to get past the block is play the ‘What If?’ game. What if my main character goes here instead of here? What if the antagonist does this instead of that? If you try this out, don’t throw out anything you come up with. You never know, there might be another story lurking in the What ifs.

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A Perfect 10 with Kathrin Spinnler

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Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Kathrin Spinnler. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by. Please…

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