Fiction

Is Poetry Dead? How to Revive Your Poetry Career—Tips By Poet Candice James

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What is the biggest change in the poetry world since you ‪began publishing? CJ: The Internet, Facebook, Twitter, websites, e-zines etc. have made it easy for ‪all poets from beginners to established to have their poetry “out there” in ‪front of the global audience of people interested in poetry.  The next ‪biggest change is the myriad of venues and poetry events happening every week all over the world. Back in 1979 poetry readings were few and far between.  36 years later they are popping up all over even to the point of “pop up poets” walking around in groups on the streets ‪reading poetry.  I wouldn’t say it is a whole lot more popular, but it ‪assuredly is a whole lot more visible.  ‪What are some mistakes you have seen people make when new to literary ‪organizations?  ‪CJ: Not being organized when presenting a reading; ‪exceeding the allotted time give to […]

How To Write A Successful Serialized Series — Tips by Boystown Author Jake Biondi

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The Boystown series by Jake Biondi began as an online story released in installments, but was published in book form with the third book released on May 1, 2015.How much has reader feedback influenced plot or character decisions?JB: I love hearing from Boystown readers and fans — and I continue to encourage them to reach out to me so I can hear their thoughts.  Fans have been very vocal about several of the books’ couples; they especially want to influence whom Cole ends up with. I read every single email and comment I get and consider the person’s comments and suggestions. While I haven’t made any huge shifts in plot because of reader comments, I have emphasized certain characters more or less because of fan input. For example, the character of Justin Mancini was only intended to be around for a chapter or two, but because readers overwhelmingly seemed to like him […]

In a Story Far Far Away…Who’s The Hero Anyway?

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In the original Star Wars trilogy many fans, myself included, believed that Luke Skywalker is the hero and Darth Vader is the villain.  As we watch Episodes IV-VI the characters develop before our eyes as the follow the hero’s journey as illustrated by Joseph Campbell. For example, Luke Skywalker is mentored by Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi and assisted by his friends Han Solo and Leia Organa as his is prepares to take on the villain by himself and save the galaxy. On the other hand, Darth Vader is trained and mentored by Darth Sidious and Lord Vader becomes the most powerful and most feared presence in the galaxy. At the end of Episode VI Darth Vader dies and Darth Sidious falls to his “death” into the shaft of the Death Star. And there you have it… end of story… Villains are dead and Luke Skywalker is the hero. Or […]

Before the Wands of Harry Potter, There Were Lightsabers

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Does a Jedi choose its color or does the crystal in combination with the Force choose the color for the Jedi just as the sorting hat chooses houses for the Hogwarts students? Here are three interpretations: 1.  Power Some sources claim lightsaber color function like the ranking system in the military. For example: Blue indicates Jedi Guardians who use the Force on a physical level and/or who have not learned enough, e.g., Padawans (Jedi trainees). Green indicates Jedi Consulars who reflect on the mysteries and use of the Force, e.g., Jedi Masters. Yellow indicates a Jedi Sentinel, a Jedi who uses balance in the physical and mysteries of the Force, e.g., Jedi healers. Red indicates Sith, who use the dark side of the Force. A red lightsaber is associated with power and strength, and knowing the mysteries of the light and dark side. It is also the color of anger […]

Writers: All You Need Is…

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What do words really mean? Think about it, each word has its own place in the written world, a separate function. But when it comes to the main thrust of it, the only words that really matter are the basic facts of the situation. Thus, all we really need are nouns and verbs. Nouns tell you the thing or person and the verb tells the action. That’s all you really need to tell a story. Verbs and Nouns? That’s it? Yup. Watch what I mean: The cat crossed the street.  [Noun, verb, noun.] The whole story with its scintillating climax summed up with only nouns and a verb. These are the only words that matter because these are the only facts in the story. Every other part of the story isn’t fact, it’s perspective. Watch again: The fat, orange cat slowly crossed the road. [Adjective, adjective, noun, adverb, verb, noun.] […]

A New Perspective on Setting

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Recently I picked up a book by one of the TedTalks most popular clips: Before Happiness by Shawn Achor. As I read through how happiness can be as simple as a matter of perspective, I realized that this is true for all perception.  When we go somewhere new, on vacation for example, we see everything. We notice the flowers, the color of the sky, the architecture and the clothing of the people around us. We take it all in because to us it seems all new. But when we’re back home, we often don’t see what’s right in front of us. I was recently on the subway when I saw a guy dressed up like Spiderman. Seriously, full outfit with mask and everything. Though this was interesting, what was more interesting is the number of people who didn’t notice. Those who were lost in their music, buried in their books, […]

Lessons I Learned After Hiring Professional Editors

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Now that I’ve worked with a handful of different editors I can share some lessons I’ve learned. It takes a deft touch to tell someone that something they created isn’t working without making the criticism seem personal. Some editors I’ve worked with offered criticisms that, while honest, were not especially constructive. The best editors can not only point out your mistakes, but suggest a way to fix them in a way that stays true to your voice. You want an editor to help strengthen a story while remaining honest about its faults. The hardest lesson I learned highlighted the difference between stories written primarily to earn money and those with other goals. Genre fiction promises to provide readers with stories that meet their expectations. If you read a thriller, you expect danger and suspense. If you read a romance, you expect that happily ever after. Working with an editor who […]

Should a Writer Pay for Professional Editing?

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When I started writing, I was lucky to have avid and responsive readers of my short stories. I was a true amateur, drawn into the craft of writing as a passion instead of a profession. Those friends helped me interpret my own words by providing feedback on what did and didn’t work in my stories. I recognized early on that storytelling isn’t simply relating events. I often had powerful emotional responses to some stories I read yet others left me untouched. There was some kind of magic in storytelling I could perceive but not reliably express. I began deconstructing my own stories to find what worked and didn’t, using the feedback of those early readers to provide the perspective I was unable to find by myself. Sometimes I fell in love with my own words to the point I could not maintain any emotional distance. Because of this, I wasn’t […]

Erotica – Then and Now

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Erotica used to be considered fiction for the one-handed reader. Unfortunately, there are still many writers who believe that this is all it takes to successfully publish erotic fiction. Some writers still believe that all you need to do is string together a series of sex scenes which are all variations of Insert Tab A into Slot B and repeat, and you should have instant income from adoring readers. Not so. Not any more. It also used to be that erotica was more underground than it is now. These days, erotic fiction takes up almost as much shelf space in the bookstores as romance novels—and romance novels are the number one selling genre in the world. Erotic fiction has come a long way in the last few decades. Sexy stories used to grace the pages of adult magazines like Playboy or be sold behind the counter at convenience stores.  Now […]

The Face of New Inspirational Fiction: Susan K Perry

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Atheists are a minority group in most countries. What inspired you to come out of the closet—so to speak—and write Kylie’s Heel about such a “controversial issue”? SKP: It’s true that atheists and other freethinkers are still a minority group in the U.S., but in several other advanced countries, such as in Europe, religion seems to play a much smaller role in the public sphere. Recent studies found that more than half of the French and Swedes don’t believe in God, as well as 39 per cent in Great Britain. As these numbers increase in the U.S., as I suspect they will, the majority of the children of the non-affiliated and non-believing will also follow humanism and atheism. I might have made different choices for my writing if I lived in a small town, but in large cities, people are more accepting of diverse views. I don’t see secularism and […]