How the writing world has changed

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Let’s assume that we still write the way we were taught in the old days at our writing schools. The word was express yourselves, be true to yourselves, and whatever you do, don’t write for the money. To be absolutely sure you are true to yourself, you write only about what you honestly believe. You write

without undue pressure to succeed. Yes, you might even get a real job and write only as a hobby.

Today if you follow that concept here’s what you have. Let’s assume you have come to writing later in your life after you have put away enough money to live on. You start by printing chapters of your book in a blog and gaining readers. Then you send your book to dozens of worthy agents using quick email. If you don’t succeed in these efforts to get a publisher, you publish yourself at a very low cost. Without a publisher footing the bill, you do your own editing. Added to that you hire a consultant to promote your book. Critical reviews can be found to improve your standing in the markets.

So what does this mean for the present day writer? The old saying is still good. Be true to yourself. Write what you feel. If you write well and your book is interesting, you should get attention. Note, I said interesting. Here’s the catch about being true to yourself. Many writers get a mental block that what they are saying is very important to the reading public. Then they spend a lot of time and money trying to convince that public that they are right. They may be wrong and that is why their books don’t sell. Just like in the old days, if it’s boring, better leave your book on your desk.

Let me know what you think from your own experiences.

Character versus story in writing novels

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November 2013 character v. story from Thomas Hollyday Studio, Boston
Years ago I sat at table discussing writing with a very assured and assertive
literary agent. I am not sure how successful she was but she certainly seemed
Experienced in books. She held that character was the most important element in a story. I suggested that story might be more important. So it went, neither of us really agreeing with the other, trading examples and so forth. I am sure, however, that she promoted few books which did not have good characters.
So what do we mean by characters? In my opinion this is the actor who faces the conflict, drives the action and solves the puzzle. If we don’t feel he or she is up to the job, we probably don’t buy the book. However I would argue that it is the
surrounding story that gets us interested in the first place.
If you go down the list of parts of a character as written by John Erianne in Ehow, you might think that if one were left out, the character would be weak. Perhaps we might not finish the story if we did not get his height or what kind of clothes he wears. Certainly some traits define the genre. Handsome men and beautiful women are usual in romances. Joseph Malewitz, in Yahoo, insists on
Motivation as a key of character. In Coben’s Six Years, the protagonist’s love for his girlfriend pretty much drives the story. There’s also the theory of triangles proposed by Tobias in which at least three characters stand off at each other to drive the novel.Yet, regardless, if there is not an entertaining story to work with, the author’s characters don’t have a place to prance.

Happy Bird Corporation November 2014 newsletter

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Happy Bird Corporation Newsletter November 2014,,
From our engineers: After twenty-nine years and we still help outdoor animals all over the world get clean drinking water in both warm and cold seasons. Here’s our favorite Solar Sipper the Model 10008. We have thousands of fans and their feathered friends using this product in their backyards. Check out these photos, many sent in from satisfied customers. The birds adore it.
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Books: This season we have stocked bookstores located in our prime reader territories. Wellesley Books in Wellesley MA was selected for our New England fans. Mystery Loves Company and Easton News Center are located in Talbot County Maryland where the Thomas Hollyday Books stories take place. In stock for the Holidays is China Jewel, where love, murder, and the theft of a fabulous jewel mix with fascinating characters in a thrilling ocean sail race. Books make great gifts, don’t you think?
This month’s book discovery: Stephanie Kendall gives us the table book Decade in Dorchester where she photographs the feeling of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Note her story about a house with two front doors where it is said if you don’t like the person coming in you can go out the other door. Edit: I carry the book on my Blackberry so I can visit the Shore from time to time looking through the wonderful pictures.
From our studio: Our inventor founder is also an accomplished cartoonist. Taken from several decades of nationally published funny drawings, Thomas Hollyday’s cartoon collection The Animal Viewpoint arrives in 2015 from Ingram

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