Writing Reader Observation #10–Brass Tacks and Sing Me a Song

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I haven’t written an observation in a while, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. I think sometimes they just becomes rants. Is that good or bad? You tell me. Heh. Continue reading

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Writing Reader Observation #9–Say What?!

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I just finished a novel in which half-a-dozen characters told the heroine she was so strong. “You’re so strong!” “I wish I could be like you, you’re so strong!” Continue reading

Reading Writer Observation #8–Make Me Care!

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I had a hard time getting through the last book I read. Although the writing was dry, it was smooth. Sometimes there was quite a bit of detail, but I didn’t think that was the problem. Finally (because I’m slow) I determined that I didn’t care about the characters. Continue reading

Writing Reader Observation #6–Sentence Variety #amwriting #amreading

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I haven’t done this in a while, probably because I’ve had reader’s block. Have you ever had that? It’s especially bad when you have books to review. Woe, woe is me. 😦

Anyway, I hope it’s over as I’ve read two really lovely novels in a row, so I say: onwards!

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Writing Reader Observation #5

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Chit Chat

Specifics have been changed because I don’t remember them and I don’t watch the shows and to protect…well, there’s no innocent here so…onwards.

I recently read dialogue like this in a book calling itself romantic suspense. The conversation between three women revolved around a reality tv show.

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Writing Reader Observation #2

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
—Samuel Johnson

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Lifestyle Interruptus

This is a two parter. Interruptions in thrillers and romances. Continue reading

Writing Reader Observation #1

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. ” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Stephen King’s or not, his advice regarding reading is spot on. How can you be a good writer if you don’t read? It’s kind of like a writer’s apprenticeship. Reading shows you what to do and sometimes what NOT to do.

Today marks the start of what will be a semi-regular feature on the Microcosm. I’m going to share with you some observations, unfortunately mostly what-not-to-do’s, from the books that I’ve read while blogging.

 


The following is paraphrased from the novel I’m currently reading:

The character is on the phone. The British man says to her:

“We want to use the telly.”

My reaction when reading: what does their wanting to watch the tv have to do with her being on the phone?

Reading on I realize that the author thinks the British use “telly” to mean phone. They don’t. “Telly” refers to television.

Lesson Learned: Don’t use slang unless you are positive of the meaning; if nothing else, google. If you don’t want to do that, just use the term common to your own language.

As a writer you always want to maintain the “fictional dream,” which is interrupted when you use the wrong word.