Monday, November 25, 2013

SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE


When creating a story, there are many factors a writer takes into consideration such as adding description without bogging down the reader, or simplifying a character’s part. Equally important is staying true to the lingo of a particular era. Here are examples of slang words and phrases from the 80s.

 

Airhead

A flighty person; a dim-wit.

Amped

Excited or pumped up.

Bodacious

A man’s description of a woman’s attractive body.

Bomb/the bomb

Something enjoyable or exciting.

Chill

Laid back, relaxed, or to calm down when angry.

Couch potato

Someone who watches a lot of TV.

Dexter

A smart preppy person.

Dweeb

A nerd.

Gang banging

A gang of guys having sex with one girl.

Get Real

Disbelief in facts or irritation with someone.

Lame

Uncool or stupid.

Like

A word used to start off a sentence.

Righteous

Something cool or extreme.

Radical

A derivative of awesome.

Valley Girl

A dippy Californian girl who lives in San Fernando Valley.

Veg

Relaxing, taking it easy.

 

How do you convey a specific vernacular in your book?

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: LINDA STALLWORTH



 

Standing poised with a welcoming smile, Author Linda Stallworth enlightens onlookers' intrigued with the details of her book collection. She is one of 300 local and national authors featured at the 2013 Decatur Book Festival in downtown Decatur, Georgia. This is just one of many venues the author has been showcased in, from book signings to radio spots.

Originally a native of Texas, the Georgian resident and mother of two, began seriously writing long after the conceptualized seed sprouted back in high school. Her first book, Betray Me Not Part I, was published in 2003, by Hope of Vision Publishing Company, and since then, she’s continued with sequels II, III and IV.

Stallworth’s style of writing is contemporary with relatable characters we may know personally or have heard of; sly, love-struck, contemptuous, self-serving, bamboozled individuals that Stallworth transitions effortlessly with each sentence to the next, drawing the story to its surprising conclusion.

 

Q. Who inspired you to become a writer?

 

A. It was never preplanned. I was inspired by a dream I had in the middle of the night. Once I began writing the story on my first novel, I realized it was a book that was desperately needed for young women.  Because of our need to feel love, desired, and wanted- sometimes we put on blinders in order to mask what we really don’t want to see.

 

Q. What do you find most challenging when writing a manuscript?

 

A. Timing! The writing part was easy. The challenge was picking up where I left off and finding my voice in the story.

 

Q. What are your views toward today's market?

 

A. Today’s market is a tough one due to the current economy, and the lack of motivation on behalf of readership. But the market is still at a steady pace for romance writers, which is the genre I can personally relate to.

 

Q. What advice do you have for fledgling writers?

 

A. My advice to young and/or inexperience writers is to go where your heart leads you. Stay dedicated to your craft and you will persevere.  If you are determine, no one can stop you from making your dreams come true.

 
Next year, Author Stallworth plans to co-write a book with Dr. Aaron Turpeau on love and relationships.

 
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Monday, November 11, 2013

PUTTING IT ALL OUT THERE


Writing an autobiography can be taxing and gratifying. But just because it’s your story doesn’t mean it’s an easy one to tell. First, ask yourself why anyone would want to read it. Do you have a unique angle? Does it inspire? Then, decide your target audience.

It is important to know the appropriate format of your narrative. This can be remedied through reading other published autobiographies.

Having an outline allows the most significant details to surface; however, every minuscule description doesn’t have to be spilled out over the page.

The key to writing a great autobiography is to treat it like any other well-crafted story with flawed characters to a backdrop of conflict and heroism. Such outlining is specified in a WikiHow article: How to Write an Autobiography, http://www.wikihow.com/Write-an-Autobiography.

The article states the importance of revealing truths without being overly explicit. Present yourself as a whole, which means exposing the good and bad. Beware, though, to get permission from certain individuals, depending on the occurrence.

Have you written an autobiography?

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

ARE YOU GUILTY OF THESE GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN YOUR MANUSCRIPT?



If you can admit to making common grammar errors, fret not, you're not alone. In fact, you are among 95 percent of individuals who do the same, according to J/P/Schoemer Communications.

Hyphenations.

Use a hyphen when it comes before a noun, and never after an –ly word. This is known as a “compound modifier.”

That and which.

Nonessential description uses “which,” while essential information uses “that.”

Hopping from singular to plural.

Using “her or his” is the appropriate reference for a singular character, and “their” represents a plural version.

For the full outlined material, go to: http://www.jpschoemer.com/MostCommonErrors.html.