Sunday, October 17, 2010

James Patterson -- RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

 I read my first James Patterson this week—RUN FOR YOUR LIFE (2009). It was an okay three star. I figure it's hard to be outstanding when you pump out a novel every two weeks. The technical polish of the writing was really the only thing that stood out.

I like to learn from every author. From RUN I think I absorbed how one poor element can wash out other aspects of a story. James and co-writer Michael never sold me a successful person could be such a sociopath. The antagonist was too good in the bad, and the premise fell apart.

Write Every Day!

Regards, Mac

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Read Out load—Even Better, Record It

I've followed the advice for years of reading my work out loud. You benefit from the perception of your eyes, your mouth as you wrap it around your words, and the sound as you orate your work.

Take it a step further. Record it and play it back. Listen to your recorded words alone. Listen to your words as you read the piece. You'll be amazed at the nuances of meaning and tone you pick up, which you never contemplated before. (It's the next best thing to listening to someone else read your work.)

Don't have a mic for your computer? It's worth the nineteen bucks.

This works great on those tough-to-nail scenes, your query letter, and synopsis.

Write Every Day!

Regards, Mac

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

FEARLESS FOURTEEN—Janet Evanovich

Janet outdid herself with her goofy names. She pumped up the sexy-meter and kept the fun going—as always. Stephanie didn't destroy a car. Hmmm.

Write Every Day!

Regards, Mac