Sunday, July 26, 2009

Trim the "Fat"

When describing a scene, person, or "thing" in your writing, be specific. Telling the reader "the desk was made of wood" or "he didn't feel well (not good)" is weak writing. If the desk was made of wood, then tell us what kind of wood. A light-stained oak? Mahogany? Knotty pine? If your characters is ill, then tell us what ails him.

Go through your text and remove any weak nouns, verbs, and modifiers. Eliminate abstractions and replace them with concrete images. Help your readers visualize what is happening.

Cut any clich├ęs, unless they are central to your character. If you use a metaphor or simile, create your own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

About Press Releases - 1

A well-executed press release has an excellent chance of being picked up by a news organization. What can you do to increase your chances? Here are a few guidelines to follow.

Ask yourself this question: Is the information newsworthy? Of course your new business or product line is exciting to you. But how can you tweak the story to pique the interest of your newspaper’s readership? Be an objective observer of your news item.

When structuring your press release, remember the basics we learned in English 101: Who, What, When, Where Why, and How. This information should be in the first two paragraphs of your release. Make sure the first two sentences of your release are effective, as they are the most important.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This Week On "Talk To Me..."

This week on "Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People"

My guest tonight is Lynn Tincher. Lynn is the author of the Paige Aldridge "Mind Bending" detective series, Afterthoughts, released earlier this year and Left in the Dark to be released in October, 2009. She also helps other new writers in their efforts to get published. Her eZine The Literary Lynnch Pen and website provides helpful tips and information.

Tune in, Call in, Live! 347-327-9158 and talk to me...and Lynn!

Can't tune in Tuesday? This show, and all my interviews, are available in the archives. Simply go to Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People. www.blogtalkradio.com/rita

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Featured Guest on She Speaks To Inspire...

Tonight, July 14, I will be the featured guest on Laurie Zieber's show, She Speaks To Inspire.

Tune in, join in the discussion. Show begins at 6:00 p.m. Eastern (that's 5:00 Texas time!) Call-in Number: (347) 539-5725. Here's the promo piece Laurie put together....

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

This Week on "Talk To Me..."

On Tuesday, July 14, my guest will be Laurie Zieber host of She Speaks 2 Inspire. (and I will be on her show at 6:00 p.m. same day!)

Laurie is also a columnist for "Fabulously 40 & Beyond," photographer, artist, and founder of Draw Away Ministries.


Tune in, Call in, Live! 347-327-9158 and talk to me...and Laurie!

Can't tune in Tuesday? This show, and all my interviews, are available in the archives. Simply go to Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People. www.blogtalkradio.com/rita

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wake Up, America, Our Kids Are Dying...

A couple of nights ago I was awakened at 3:45 a.m. by a torrential rainstorm. After the intense thunder and lightening subsided, and still unable to get back to sleep, I turned on the television and began flipping through the channels. That mindless activity halted when my ears pricked up upon hearing an unfamiliar word: bullycide. Understanding instantly what the word meant — suicide as a result of bullying — I grabbed my eyeglasses so that I could watch the news report.

Later in the day, I spent a few hours researching the Internet for bullycide stories. Actually, when you Google "bullycide stories," the result reads "about 26,100 for bullycide stories." Eventually, I ended up on You Tube. I still get goosebumps thinking about the plethora of videos I discovered there. I’d like to bring two of the videos to your attention.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

This Week On "Talk To Me..."

This week on "Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People"

On Tuesday, July 7, I am featuring an Author's Roundtable. Guests include Robin Marvel, author of Awakening Consciousness A Girl's Guide and Awakening Consciousness A Boy's Guide; Jason Gehlert, author of Europa; Heather Whittaker, author of The Tazie Effect—10 Leadership Principles For New Leaders; and Geoffrey Zimmerman, author of Love Never Dies.

Tune in, Call in, Live! 347-327-9158 and talk to me...and all the writers!

Can't tune in Tuesday? This show, and all my interviews, are available in the archives. Simply go to Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People. www.blogtalkradio.com/rita

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Book Bloggers

With so many newspapers laying off their book editors or cutting their book review sections altogether, book bloggers are enjoying a heydey.

Authors looking to have their books reviewed should check out Book Blogs, a web site where members read books, blog about books, write books, and publicize books.

Like with anything, do your research. Don't just send books to anyone. Read the bloggers archived reviews. Be sure that the blogger is interested in your type of book...in other words, if you are a nonfiction writer, a YA (Young Adult) science fiction blogger may not be the best person to send your book to.