I love reading, have done ever since I was a child and cannot remember a time when I was unable to read. When the stories continued in my head after I’d finished the book, I thought I can do this—and proved that I could! However, there is a drawback to being a writer, a story-teller—I automatically read the novel on two levels. Firstly for enjoyment, of course, and like you, I try to second guess the villain, but my mind also takes a branch line and corrects errors, cuts unneeded words .and bits that don’t move the story on…and established writers are sometimes guilty, too. Or perhaps their editors!
You must all have heard the phrase “Show, don’t tell!” You know the kind of thing. Page after tedious page of description of surroundings, the heroine’s appearance and the hero’s feelings, when a few carefully chosen words of conversation would bring the most wooden of characters to life and set the scene. I sometimes wonder if the author has been told to get the word count up, hence all the padding!
Which brings me nicely back to my current novel Church Close, I’m still working through it again bearing all my advice in mind!
Another tip. Next time you’re on the bus, or in the supermarket, listen to the way people speak to avoid stilted conversation.
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Hi, Everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations…
Now Christmas is behind me and the New Year is underway, I’ll give you a brief rundown of my January plans…I’ve crossed keeping a day-by-day Diary from my Resolutions list this year. I invariably fail, and after a couple of months the daily entries peter out and my Diary reverts to an appointments book. Shame on me!
I will however write something everyday…no problem at all. Either a continuation of a novel or a snippet for this Blog…
As you know, HELP ME is now in print form, and the intrepid trio of Chelsea, Hamid and Ken are already drifting around in my head looking for adventures…Then there’s CHURCH CLOSE on the cusp of becoming an e-book. Computer issues have held me up for a couple of weeks, and I’ll risk tempting fate and report that they’re solved now. Touch wood, fingers crossed, etc!
Church Close is currently being polished and re-edited and will be on Kindle this month…
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Today is the first day of a brand New Year…think of it as the first page in a 365- page book, a book you are creating page by page, filled with happy memories.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS
Christmas IS coming, much faster than I realised…together with a flood of birthdays…so despite it being Sunday, a day of rest, I have to get up to speed!
When I’m concentrating on my writing, I live in my character’s imagined world of Church Close…and real-world days pass by unnoticed.
Someone asked me when the paperback edition of HELP ME will be available….they want to purchase it as a Christmas gift. Short answer, never…But then I hesitated…and had a rethink! HELP ME is longer than my other e-books, so the paperback idea is viable…
Soooo…I’m going to tear myself from CHURCH CLOSE for the time being and rejoin Ken and Chelsea and Hamid and prepare their adventures for the printed page — but first of all I must deal with the birthdays…
Here’s hoping that your Sunday will be more relaxing than mine!
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Good morning, friends, winter is sneaking in with a light dusting of snow. Pretty to look at through the window, but temperature is dropping below zero and I prefer to stay warm and cosy inside.
How age has changed me! When I was a child I loved playing in the snow, we got serious stuff then, not a few flakes, but waist high, and FUN! Building snowmen and romping with the dog, he loved it, too, first-footing and spoiling the smoothness of the garden. But, with hindsight, my parents must have loathed it. Wet clothes, snow-caked gloves and socks…and many times the bus couldn’t make it up the hill into the village. Happy days! Yes, they really were, for my friends and me…we didn’t even mind walking five miles to school when the buses stopped running…it was an adventure, back in the day…
Anyway, enough of reminiscing…I’m deep in rewriting Church Close, the first book in a series…I’d thought it finished, but preparing it for Kindle, I realised that there was room for improvement! So that is what I’m presently doing…adding bits here, rephrasing there, and giving more thought to how my characters react to the circumstances they are in. Which, in turn triggers how they interact with their friends…in other words it has a knock-on effect…and this carries through to book two in the series, which I’ve already started….
So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get back to work!
PS. Help Me is doing well.
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Good morning… from a grey and wet UK.
I thought I would tell you about the new book I am working on…Well, not exactly new, I was writing it at the same time as HELP ME and switched from one to the other…But Ghost Ken took over and insisted that I concentrated only on his story. That is out of the way now, although a follow-up is simmering on the back burner…
I am now free to tell you about Gina. She is a well meaning do-gooder, a bit of a romantic, who wants to help everyone, She lives on Church Close, a small development of six houses on the edge of the fictitious town of Thorpefield. She takes a close interest in her neighbours and considers there are too many long faces, and decides that they need cheering up. They need the companionship of a pet. What could be better than something that loves you, never judges, never argues…
She makes Disney-like plans to deliver one secretly to each unsuspecting household—
Unfortunately, her plans go awry…but when did anything go without a hitch?
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Last night, November 5th, was Bonfire Night in UK, when an effigy of Guy Fawkes is still burned on bonfires across England in recognition of his part in the failed ‘Gunpowder Plot’ way back in 1605 when he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. So last night there were bonfires aplenty and noisy fireworks traumatising the nations pets! I’ve had several dogs and cats over the years, and each one was petrified of loud bangs and fireworks and did their best to hid away.
My present cat, Alfie is made of sterner stuff. He is fascinated by my computer screen, so perhaps that is why he sat on the windowsill watching the fireworks in the sky. But when nearby neighbours’ lit their fire and sent off screaming rockets he leapt across the room and onto my lap…and hid his face.
Poor Alfie, maybe tonight he will be able to relax in peace…but I don’t hold out much hope. Someone always seems to have fireworks left over from The Night, and when darkness falls the bangs will start again. Maybe raising the TV volume will solve it!
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I love dogs, and felt quite envious when a friend said she was planning to adopt one for Christmas. She showed me pages and pages of dogs looking for a Forever Home…Such hopeful wistful faces…I could have adopted them all, I miss having a dog around the house, but sadly I’m unable to go Walkies every day.
A few days later she emailed me a link…”I’ve found you the perfect dog!” she said. “It doesn’t need exercise, but it can stand, stretch it’s legs and sit by you to give light to read your book. And it won’t bark and annoy the neighbours!”
I was quite taken with it. It’s cute. What do you think?
It’s craftsman made, one of a kind and available from Yorkshire… www.coolio.me They have lots of interesting unusual things…have a look.
]Hello, again, I’ve been absent the last few weeks working hard on a second new novel CHURCH CLOSE, and have reached the halfway mark. It is intended as the first book of a series. Whilst the idea was strong in my head, I decided to get it down on paper and put HELP ME, the ghost story I am also writing, on the back burner. I will get back to this one later…it is past the halfway mark and I have it mapped out to the end. Just need time, which is in short supply, as always! I have to take time off from writing, which I enjoy, to work on publicity and book covers—and reading, playing the odd game to relax and meeting up with friends.
Until next time, cheers, Betty.
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