cj Sez: First: Once
upon a time I was ready to close my Facebook Author page on June 30 but now have
been persuaded to keep it operating. The Welcome Mat is out so please keep visiting
and commenting, and questioning. I’ll be looking for you.
“The evening sky was
streaked with purple, the color of torn plums, and a light rain had started to
fall when I came to the end of the blacktop road that cut through twenty miles of
thick, almost impenetrable scrub oak and pine and stopped at the front gate of
― James Lee Burke, The Neon Rain (the first title in his Detective David
cj Sez: Setting
is all important to readers (and agents) and that sentence invites the reader into the story. Every adjective works with its verb in that sentence and
carries the action forward. The reader is on the road with the character, sees
what the character sees, and ends up where the character ends up. A fantastic
opening line to draw in readers, and a wonderful example of show, don’t tell.
That is not to say that poetic words don’t have a place in a
novel. Burke uses them also, and they still show what he wants his reader to
Write your descriptions, tell your readers everything, then
re-write everything in a way that shows them. How to do that, you ask? Read,
read, and read some more. Get familiar with how your favorite author handles
the task. It just takes practice …writing and re-writing and re-writing and re-writing,
and sometimes it seems re-writing ad infinitum.
"There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself." James Lee Burke
I’ve had a few of those (makes for elephant-hide skin).
That opening line is why James Lee Burke is one of my
favorite authors. Who are yours?
Hope you’ve had a chance to read The Dawgstar and/or Death
on the Yampa. Let me (and other readers) know what you think, okay?
Son’s photo of a vixen and her kit, taken on Dauphin Island,
“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel
and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to
see images.” —John Gardner (On Becoming a Novelist)
And now a short message from my sponsor:
The paperback of the international thriller The Dawgstar is available
The paperback of Death on the Yampa, a
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Here's some help on accessing the suspense/ thriller/ mystery series phone app #SCREAM
All you will need to do is download the Scream app from wherever you usually get your apps.
You’ll be looking to download Scream: Chills & Thrills, and once the Scream app is downloaded, then you can open it and search for the title or my author name.
If you have an iPhone, that would be the Apple app store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scream-chills-thrills/id1555324728).
If you've enjoyed reading any book by any author, please leave a
review on Goodreads or Amazon or Facebook, or wherever. It shares your
joy of reading with others and means the world to the author. Please and thank you.
That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on,
and I’ll try to do the same.
P.S. Indie bookstore plug: TO ORDER my books or any book of
your choice on-line and support an indie bookstore, contact The Haunted
Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us
If you’d like me to autograph or personalize it for you, be
sure to tell them.
The Haunted Bookshop has re-opened to limited hours (and they
have an awesome bookstore kitty, Mr. Bingley), so if you’re in the Mobile area,
you can stop and shop, too.
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