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Monday, August 29, 2011

Reading for Inspiration

I've been reading "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass. It was recommended by a friend, although at the time she did not know she was recommending it, she just mentioned the book in passing. But I've found the book irresistible. Maass seems to hit the proverbial nail right on its proverbial head in each chapter.  Maass says there should be conflict on every page of your novel. The characters and story must live for you intensely. People must be able to identify with a character in some way. Most important: raise the stakes throughout the story. The reader must understand, or find out, what drives the characters to do the things they do. What's at stake here, and who cares? His answer is that the writer must care deeply before the reader will care. Transferring that to the written page is the challenge. But if it works, Wow!

There may be writers who have already inspired you as a writer. A couple of my favorites are Gary Paulsen and Karen Hesse. Each time I read what these two authors have created I become inspired all over again. Find who inspires you and visit that inspiration often.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book Excerpts

Here's a small excerpt from my latest book "My Friend The Werewolf, What Would You Do?"

"Frazee Olin was different. He was, by far, the strangest kid I'd ever met. The thing was, my friend Jack Axel - I called him Ax - Ax and I didn't know how different Frazee was. And just when we discovered his awful secret, he disappeared right off the face of the earth.  There were two questions Ax and I had to find the answers to, or bust a gut trying. The first was, what in the world happened to Frazee Olin? The second and most mysterious question was, what was that big hairy thing lying dead in front of the school bus?"

"My Friend The Werewolf..." is about friendship and how it might feel to be different from everyone you know.

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