Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I know it's pretty early to be thinking about Christmas giving....we just got through Thanksgiving.  But I am promoting a great deal on Amazon with the purchase of my book, OPERATIC DIVAS AND NAKED IRISHMEN. Go to Amazon, put in the book title and look for this:

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Friday, September 7, 2018

New Book in-progress

Roxie and Alfred: A story of courage, resilience, and survival, follows the evolution of three generations from a tobacco farm in North Carolina, to the city of Detroit during prohibition, the fashion mecca of Dallas, jazz-centered Chicago, and the historic district of Old Louisville Kentucky.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Writing Memoir

Thomas Hugh Patterson,
After my sister's passing, I received a huge bundle of pictures that she and my mother had in Coronado, I want to use many of them in my second book, Roxie and Alfred: A story of Courage, Resilience, and Survival. I thought I was finished with this book, I'd even started a third one, and my publisher was about to begin the publication process with this one, but with new images and information, I am forced to rewrite the first few chapters. That's the thing with memoir, you can't just make up something when your story isn't working. You have to expend new energy on research and such to make sure the dates, locations, and scenes are as accurate as possible.

Alfred Patterson (son of Thomas)
This is going to be quite a challenge. Starting with chapter one, I will be researching my great grandfather's settlement in western North Carolina near the Smokies. I think it was in Little River, N.C. I'm not sure yet. I am trying to get to when and where his son, my grandfather, was born. And how he, Alfred, migrated to eastern North Carolina where he met my grandmother, Roxie, Then, I plan to go on and find out how and when, before marrying her, he took off from there on a merchant ship as a member of the UK Merchant Marines bound for merry old England at age 18.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Refreshing your Writing Energy

Emily Dickenson -
Photo believed to have been taken in 1859
One way of getting one's self excited about writing again is to re-visit something you've learned in the past (things change) or learn something new about it, or a new way of looking at it. Perspectives are always changing and new information is continually available to us. 

I've done just that this week. I was working on my third book when I took a break to watch a TV series I hadn't seen. It sparked my interest in writing good scenes again, and it plugged into my continuing interest in creative non-fiction, which is my genre of choice (for many reasons).

I am re-reading two good books on the subject (Tell it Slant and The Memoir Project) and thinking a lot about Emily Dickenson's poem about telling the truth (Tell it slant, she says). Of course, I had to stop and read some of her other wonderful poetry. But, refreshing what I know about these writerly things has given me new energy which can be put into the new book I am writing.

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Memoir: The Skin Above My Knee

Marcia Butler gives wonderful advice on writing memoir here.

"The spine of a book, metaphorically speaking, is the plot or the storyline. This is true for memoir and for a novel. From this fundamental tree trunk, the memoirist makes the story come alive through all the devices and craft elements that novelists use..." 

Check out her new memoir: The Skin Above My Knee,  available at Amazon)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Writer's Point of View

by Nancy Hinchliff

Although editors like it, not all writers prefer using the third person. Many writers, myself included, are actually very comfortable using the first person. The choice of which person is more appropriate is dependent on what type of writing you're doing: fiction or non-fiction, such as journalistic articles, blogs, personal narratives, memoir, newsletters, etc.

For fiction, the preferred point of view for most writers and editors is the third person, for many reasons. First, it allows for more intimacy with the various characters, and for a more general, all-encompassing view of what's going on in their lives and, especially, in their minds. Additionally, It shows the story from more than one set of eyes.
When writing fiction, the first person is limiting, personal, and few writers handle it well. That's why story editors don't like it. The very nature of it makes it difficult to tell the parts of the story outside the character's perspective. And, it's almost impossible to have characters speak normally, without long explanations and convoluted conversations.
With forms other than fiction, and especially with memoir, the first person works quite well and is most often the better choice.