A beat, a beat, what the bubble is a beat in a story? My imagination, when I first heard this term, was a beating, but no. A beat is a moment in time in a story where discoveries or actions cause forward momentum. Discoveries – things we learn – are changes in knowledge. Decisions – … Continue reading A Beat in A Beat
Which is your favourite? Or are you not a fan of either? I prefer cats as my sleeping companions, dogs as my outside companions (yes, they live inside with me - what's the point of having them guard the back garden if someone gets into the house and threatens me from the front? Yes, it's … Continue reading Cats or Dogs
Daylight timing, that is. I have the dubious honour of travelling through seven time zones in a 4-day period once. Training people, so needing to be on my toes, functioning, and fully alert in each location. Add to that managing travel times to and from airports, gathering the tools together, finding the right place to … Continue reading It’s All in the Timing
They're going to offer feedback, but if they don't know what you want, it may not be as useful as you'd like. Make it easy on them. Give a list of questions at the end, or at the end of chapters/scenes. Some things are going to be specific about the story, but a lot will … Continue reading How to Make the Most of a Beta Reader
Nearly forgot. Confession - I did forget. Until this morning, when an email reminded me. So, for anyone who needs a good, free read, and maybe would consider doing a review, this is the Smashwords link to my books -
Putting it off, regardless of what 'it' is for you, is a waste. A waste of a dream, a goal, a level of achievement. How many dreams I had as a child. I dreamed of being a gardener, feeding the world, growing the best exotic fruits and medicinal herbs, and of people beating down my … Continue reading Time and Tide
It's not a sales spiel, it's not a shove at the reader. What is it? It's the link to the thing you want the reader to react with, to click on a link and do something. It may be a Call to Action, or it may be a link to something else, a competition, a … Continue reading The Linking to Things
Another question first: Why are there so many stories with the same cultural background? That's the question that relates to the main question. It may not appear to make sense, but think about it. As an example: The Romans travelled the world, conquering and spreading their stories, adapting the local cultural stories to include Roman … Continue reading Who Writes History?