Why Reading Is My Starting Point

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Okay, let me tell you a story.

It’s mid to late 80’s and little ol’ me is lying on the cool, hardwood floor. The fan is blowing hot air and there’s no more morning cartoons. What’s left to watch were movie reruns like Foul Play or Young Frankenstein. Worse still, was that the TV decided to mock my brothers and I by giving us some snow. And so my brother had to give it a good thwack to set it straight. Basically, I wasn’t having a good day.

But something happened that day that changed me forever. While my brothers were busy adjusting the antenna to the perfect optimization for viewer watching pleasure, I was sifting through my mom’s coffee table. Now that I think of it, she might’ve had some slight hoarder tendencies.

Anyways, it was one of those coffee tables that had large drawers on either side. I don’t remember what she had packed in there, but that there was a lot of it.

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Lure ‘Em and Keep ‘Em

I’m in week four of my online “How Writer’s Write Fiction” but last week’s session had been the most enlightening so far.

The class video began with author Amber Dermont whom in the first half explains the purpose of a novel’s opening line(s). Author Robert Anthony Siegel concludes the session on how writers can use haiku to create opening lines.

Aside from stressing giving some serious thought about our own opening lines, it also inspired a similar topic. If you remember, my “5 Ways to Spice Up Your Novel” post touches on opening lines. Number #4 “No Info Dumping Please” mentioned how author’s bog down their story at the start. The true beginning of the story isn’t found until several paragraphs or pages later. This is how readers lose interest.

According to Amber Dermont, opening lines can either ‘lure the reader by the hand.’ Or ‘grab the reader by the throat.’  Then what is the purpose of a novel’s closing lines? Continue reading

Why I’m A Banned Book Lover- Open Thread #1

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Writers write because we want to share something important to the world. It could be an idea based on our experiences and provide answers to help others who shared a similar fate. Or to allow people to enter a different world from what they’ve known to live inside a universe of paper and glue. 

Those are the makings of a good book and as a reader it can’t get any better than that. It’s funny how magical the written word can be. How with just one sentence or one paragraph and we’re taken into a place so foreign and alien to what we know. How regardless of genre, new ideologies had formed to challenge our already preconceived notions.

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