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Sunday, July 12, 2020

"White space is the canvas where we draw our words."

cj Sez: The title to this blog is a quote from an article by author, speaker, and former teacher Ellen Buikema. Did you ever watch a movie or read a novel with so many visuals or words tumbling out at a rapid-fire pace that they left you feeling breathless?

   If you’re an author who is self-publishing or a small publishing company, Buikema has some advice on how “to keep sensory overload at bay.” Her post for the Writers in the Storm blog offers up some great suggestions on the use of “white space” and the reasons the tips work both in the text and on the cover.

   Buikema says: “Like a pause in a song, white space can help create drama, emotion, a bit of quiet before a storm of words.”


Public Service Announcements: 

 In case you missed it, the popular international writers’ conference Killer Nashville has been cancelled for 2020. 
   Founder Clay Stafford regretfully announced the cancellation, and couched the cancellation this way: “We’re going to postpone Killer Nashville 2020 and roll everyone’s registrations forward to KN 2021 (August 19-22, 2021).”  The three 2020 guests of honor—New York Times best-selling author Lisa Black, New York Times and USAToday best-selling author J. T. Ellison, and Walter Mosley, a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America—will be returning for the 2021 conference.

   Killer Nashville's preferred method of contact is by e-mail. Reach them at:



   The coronavirus pandemic hit close to home this week, and the daughter and granddaughter of a dear writer friend were hospitalized, one already in the throes of pneumonia. Please gather your prayer warriors and raise petitions for all who are suffering from this deadly virus.


   That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same, (Sending up prayers for your health and safety.) 


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