Book Reviews

Most writers if you ask, would probably admit that they love nothing better than to get good reviews on their books. However, as we all know, no matter how good a writer you think you are, you won’t please everyone. A book can be a five star for one reader and a one star for another.

Even though we love getting reviews, often no review is better than bad reviews. Some readers will not hesitate to tear your work apart so always be prepared for this and don’t take it too personal. Look to see if there is anything valid about the critique and if so, how you can improve your writing. Remember, writing is an art that gets better with practice.

First Drafts

This quote from Bernard Malamud describes first drafts perfectly.

First drafts are for learning what your novel is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea to re-form it. The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.

Bernard Malamud

Write First; Edit later

It doesn’t matter how bad your first draft is, or how many errors you make. No one will see it but you. When you have that burst of inspiration and the words flow faster than you can type or write them, don’t stop to correct a spelling or a punctuation, just write. Don’t try to make every sentence or ever paragraph perfect. As John Dufresne says, “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.

Writing Dialogue

Black Vintage Typewriter

When writing dialogue, keep it short and meaningful. Do not write long drawn out sentences that are unnecessary. Your dialogue should be consistent with your character’s voice. It should be clear to the reader who the person is speaking to. The words should flow naturally. When in doubt that your dialogue sounds natural, read it out load. Good luck and happy writing.

Vocabulary Corner

Today we will look at two more words that sounds the same but is slightly different in meaning . They are COMPLACENT and COMPLAISANT 

COMPLACENT: means showing smugness or uncritical satisfaction about one’s self. Self-satisfied or conceited.

COMPLAISANT: means the willingness to please others. Being obliging or agreeable

Everyday try to build your vocabulary. Good luck and happy writing.

Vocabulary Corner

As a writer vocabulary isĀ  important. You needĀ  to have a grasp on words, their meanings and how to use them to convey the message you want. Today words on vocabulary corner sound the same but have different meanings. They are COMPLIMENT and COMPLEMENT.

A Compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. For example: Susan your hair looks beautiful today.

Complement on the other hand means a thing that completes another. It enhances it or improves it. For example: The red jacket complements her dress.

Good luck and happy writing.

A Tip for New Writers

As a writer it is important to value your craft and take pride in your work. Along with proper grammar and punctuation, correct formatting is also important to make your book readable. I once had a fellow writer who was promoting her book on Face Book. I went on Amazon to check it out and realized it had no proper formatting. Sentences ran into each other with no separation or paragraphs. It was unreadable. I reached out to the person via private message relaying what I had discovered and was shocked when the individual acknowledged that she was aware of it. I found it mind-boggling that someone would promote a book knowing it was next to impossible to read. Weeks later when I checked back it remained the same.

There is no point in publishing a book if no one can read it. Do not make that mistake. Good luck and happy writing.

Book Review

Today I will review Blood and justice by Rayven T. Hill. This book is a Murder/ Mystery. Overall, I give it a 4 star.

Blood and Justice: A Private Investigator Serial Killer Mystery (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller Book 1)

The story is about a sixteen-year-old girl who goes missing. Her mother hires a couple who are private detectives to find her. It appears as if the police were not doing as much as they could to find her and were comfortable with this couple do their own investigation.

Soon after Jenny goes missing there is a series of murders, which grabs everyone’s attention. A serial killer is on a mission to rid the town of anyone he sees stealing. In his crazed mind he considers murdering them justice. When Jenny’s boyfriend is identified as one of the victims, fear increases that she might not be alive. The big question was who was committing the murders, and why. Was there a connection between them and Jenny’s disappearance. The killer turns out to be a seemingly harmless man who worked at the local grocery store. As a child someone had broken into Jeremy’s house. His father had shot the intruder dead but went to prison for manslaughter. Now he hates all thieves. Did he kill Jenny too? You will have to read the book to find our.

The pace of the story was slow but it was an interesting read. Some might not consider it a mystery since the reader knew who the killer was from the beginning. So, the only mystery was whether he would kill Jenny or set her free which I suppose was a mystery.

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