Hey fellow writers and readers. Sorry you haven’t seen me but I have had problems with my internet connection on my laptop. It got lost to be exact. I have been off for about one week. And I have overdue assignments as well. But hopefully it won’t go again.
So in my sojourn of my facebook accounts I found an article which I think that you will all like. http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/7-ways-to-perfect-your-writing-tone “7 Ways to Perfect Your Writing Tone”. I specifically liked this section:
What exactly do I mean by tone? That’s a good
question, as there are many terms—mood, style,
voice, cadence, inflection—used to mean much
the same thing. For now let’s agree that tone
is the author’s attitude toward his subject:
grave, amused, scientific, intimate, aggrieved,
To me this means that tone is defined by the story, character, pace of how its read or reads, the actual written words that describe time, place, action, and what ever else the author wishes to have you the reader see. But is it easy to understand the tone? I have trouble with that I will freely admit. I know what I want you to read. I read it the way I want you to read it but will you actually do the same? I can’t have that guarantee. So you see its like Russian roulette. But what the author further goes on to say is this: To avoid the pitfalls of writing a novel that is not one bought or read ( my interpretation) your tone must be one that people will get and understand. So that they want to buy the novel. some ways that she says you could do that are the following:
1. AVOID A PREDICTABLE TREATMENT OF YOUR SUBJECT.
2. KEEP TONE CONSISTENT FROM START TO FINISH.
3. CUT RUTHLESSLY.
4. LET TENSION SUSTAIN TONE.
5. USE YOUR VOICE.
6. CONVEY TONE THROUGH DETAILS AND DESCRIPTIONS.
7. LEARN TO RECOGNIZE BUILT-IN PROBLEMS WITH TONE.
I think that the hardest to do is Number 3. I hate to cut out anything that I have written. The other hardest thing for me to do is Number 6. I find that I assume certain details that I have to spell out for the reader. And then of course Number 7 says it all. Once I figure out how that works, maybe then maybe I will be one helluva writer that sells multiple novels for a long period of time. Or just someone who thought I could and is satisfied with my blogs. Shall see.
But in the interim, I hope that you read the above mentioned article and maybe weigh in on a conversation with the other readers of this blog.
Update: I am behind on my virtual book tours because of my internet connection problem. Please look for the post to happen this week for the October 16th book review of Robin Waldrop’s novel. And the second novel will be reviewed on the 30th.
I am also hoping to get some sleep as well. But I still want my tea or coffee tonight.
Hey guys lately on MSNBC and other stations, I have seen the replay and discussion of Martin Luther King Jr and the March on Washington. I have also been asked when I was covering for a secretary at a church if that church was offering a bus ride to Washington in order to go to the one happening on August 24, 2013. In keeping with that, I am uploading a copy of the text of the “I Have a Dream Speech”, courtesy of Moveon.Org there cite is http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf. And the link to the video is here: http://front.moveon.org/i-have-a-dream-will-still-give-you-chills-50-years-later/#.UiSo8ErD_Mx
Please as you watch read along with the text if you choose too. I actually did that and I can hear and understand everything. But it is a moment that will forever live on in history as one of the pivotal moments in history. Through that speech people may have changed their mind. I am not sure if it is at this time that Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X Shabazz begin to move closer in ideology and then cross paths to switch to the other side as has been intimated by several books and other speeches. Whether or not that is true, what I wanted to give to you today was just this one moment in history for you the reader to look at, remember, maybe cry and just to be.
FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, POWER IS ACKNOWLEDGEMNT AND UNDERSTANDING. WITH THAT POWER COMES A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND A FORCE TO LEARN FROM. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN. TEACH YOURSELVES. DON’T JUST LISTEN TO THE HYPE, THE RHTEORIC, THE NEWS WITHOUT READING OR TALKING ABOUT IT. UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO AND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. I AM NOT SURE IF THIS IS CONSIDERED A SOAPBOX MINISPEECH OR NOT BUT I GUESS WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS BE IN THE KNOW.
Hey in my perusal of the internet today before I started working- I found some programs that may be of service to you. Specifically if you are looking to transcribe text or audio files. Please check out this webpage:
http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/free-transcription-tools-for-writers_b39709 Free Transcription tools for Writers.
Please be advised that these are trials that are free but you must purchase the program to use.
As a thank you to all of you who follow me I am emailing out a coupon to obtain my first novel from smashwords. Please look in your email box for that. Thank you.
This is a test of this new software I just downloaded. For those who write you know that when we are on a deadline time is of the essence. But what of those times when time is just for continuing writing a novel or also writing a speech. Not for a deadline for a piece owed to a magazine or publisher. What about the times when we can’t seem to find the time to do any writing at all in a 24 hour period? Well this might help out with that.
In the current issue of Writers Digest for July, 2013 in the article “Game Changing Moves” one of the contributors a Tamara Linse, (www.tamaralinse.com) wrote that she started using this because she couldn’t find the time to write. So what she started to do was use this software called XNote desktop timer (www.xnotestopwatch.com) to keep track of her writing or at least make her write for an allotted time. And she continued to do this for a while and found out that it helped her write and she has since completed novels.
For me, my problem isn’t necessarily finding the time, but taking the time out actually. I can write at any time of the day but when does it help me out to just write flat out? Sometimes I can write and get a really good story or chapter out of it. That hasn’t happened lately.
Right about now I am at 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Hold on I am stopping the timer now to start over in a timed mode. Now I am starting for a ten minute timed mode.
Now apparently this is supposed to play the song that I added into my parameters for the program when my ten minutes are up. And at the end of it, I am supposed to have a ledger which denotes my time and how long I had used it for. Let us hope it works. I am still reading the Writer’s Digest Magazine and I am now on the article about Kimberla Lawson Roby. She was an author who started out as a self published author and sold many novels and held a space on the best sellers list. She was also honored by the NAACP Image awards for her novel of fiction The Reverends Wife in 2012. I believe that she is a writer that many people can learn from. You should check out her interview on pages 44 through 47.
That leads to another question- how do I handle an author interview? I am a new author, just published, not well known in the industry but would like people to know me and my work. So how do I handle that request and that subsequent interview? Maybe I should fly by the seat of my pants which you could do. Or you could follow some simple steps that may help you out. When getting the offer and considering it you may want to ask the person doing it, if it is okay that you give her some questions for you to answer. This will give you familiar ground to start from and also will make you comfortable. No you are not taking the interview away from the interviewer. You would just like to know some of the questions coming at you. If the interviewer doesn’t mind then that is a way to handle the interview. You already have some of the answers prepared in your author biography and question and answer section for the media on the novel. Another prep you might want to take is to actually watch the television show or listen to the radio show that you may be appearing on to get a feel for one the interview and how they react and interact with both their guests and their listeners and/or audience watchers, two the types of questions that the particular interviewer is prone to ask her guest and three if there is a call in section how that call in section is handled. This again gives you familiarity with the area you are now in. Another and last prep is to make sure you have a good night’s sleep, a nice cup of coffee in the morning, that you go to the bathroom prior to your interview and do not have to go during the segment which includes you and also so that you are on point for your interview.
Okay I have two minutes and counting now guys. It isn’t as easy as it sounds to write by timer. Because when that beep goes off you have to stop what you are doing. But not indefinitely, just until you turn it off and if you want to continue writing then do so. Me personally, I like the untimed version because then I can write and keep track of my time for when I sell it. Meaning when I write for someone on assignment and they are paying me to write. Guru a freelance website (www.guru.com) also has a timer as well that takes snapshots of what you are doing on the computer screen. It also will give you a print out for you to write as well. Okay song started. Wait.
A little bit about the program, if you are looking for the entire song to play- don’t. It only plays a portion of it. Your time ledger will look like this:
1 2:15:28 PM 100.0% -55886:14:17.27 100.0% 7/22/2013 2:15:28 PM
And you can continue to track your time. If you want to add a note it will look like this:
1 2:15:28 PM 100.0% -55886:14:17.27 100.0% 7/22/2013 2:15:28 PM 7/22 first time to test
And you can keep track of start, stop, problems all of that here.
I think this will help me out; outside of Guru. I need to be signed into Guru when working on a project for them; which is my proposal is accepted then it will be used. I haven’t actually gotten an assignment yet through them but have been solicited. It isn’t easy trying to make your own way but it is also time consuming. A lot without pay and/or a clear understanding of what it is you may need but you know what it is you want and people will help you out.
So these are two ways of keeping time of your work as you write for money if this is needed to get paid. For those who get paid by the hour it’s a great system. For those who want a timed writing experience to take a couple of minutes out of each day it is also a good way to write. You choose which is “write” for you.
Time for me to be leaving though. My bathroom is finished. Just letting the floor dry before I do my sink and the tub is for later anyway. So I shall hopefully see you later on the blog with comments or just as site visitors.
Thanks for reading my blog and hopefully for continuing to read my blog.
Note: This is not a solicited product review but one done as I need to use a program like this. So I did not pay for the product but if I choose to, then I register and pay. For those who are interested, check out the website listed and decide. I think it is a good product to utilize.
You know how we are told to not give a bad review unless we can explain it-so here is such a book review: http://ermiliablog.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/book-review-joyland-by-stephen-king/
Let me know what you think. It is a Stephen King novel. Please be advised that the lady also read another novel and was not impressed with that one either.