I am happy to share some good news with you. My first novella, Seven Hours, will be published through Createspace on August 1, 2016. At the moment, it is with an editor for proofreading and then it will be ready for publication.If you would like to receive an ARC, let me know, I will be happy to share it with you for an honest review. Even better, if you provide a quote and I’ll add it into the novel in the first pages.
One pill every 7 hours, could give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her. Chanel is a independent nineteen year old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a senator comes with it’s own problems, a simple afternoon out with friends soon becomes overwhelming when reporters swarm around Chanel.
Keeping her secret of the effects pills close to her chest she is able to fool everyone, expect for her hawk eye bodyguard that has now been assigned to protect her.
Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?
I started thinking about writing and publishing a novella. Before I will start though, I want to talk about scene structure and what goes inside. Please provide feedback and let me know how you create scene structures yourself.
Novels help people connect with stories on personal levels. Whether you’re writing about family values, paranormal romance, a memoir, your novel’s purpose helps readers understand your theme or subject.
The novel title should reflect the purpose of the novel. The title is usually based on the information being portrayed in the novel, by the theme, character, main event, or life lesson. Of course, it may be driven by other factors.
Some companies and organizations have guidelines for how to organize your novel. Createspace, for instance, has guidelines and templates for download. Throw in your writing from a different source like Microsoft Word document into the template, change the headings and other characteristics that are present in the templates. Novel organization made easy.
When selecting the template, keep the novel’s purpose in mind – fiction or non fiction.
Chances are your novel will be dedicated for someone or a lot of someone’s. I have dedicated my novel, Deity’s Soulmate, to 13 important people in my life because my character goes through the journey of learning about 13 days of creation. Be creative.
Novel templates help us to view how our writing will look like in print. Understanding how your novel will look like in preview mode is important. When I was working on my novel, Deity’s Soulmate, I deleted a couple of blank pages in the template which was a mistake because letters were cut off due to margins. I had to resubmit my novel after adding blank pages back in to make sure the writing matched up to the margins.
Pay attention to the page extent and coverage. Do your paragraphs look alright? Poems? Images?
You cringe at the thought of having typos and mistakes in your writing. Be a writing technician and revise your story until it’s deemed final. In the end, you have to ask yourself – am I uploading the correct file? Did I give my publisher the correct file? I have a ton of versions of Deity’s Soulmate and my fear was uploading the old version. Look for the date on your file.
Do the extra detective work to ensure the correct story is being shown. Readers will thank you for it.
It’s one of the essential story elements. A key map puts your geography or your imagined world into perspective to the reader. If your character travels all over the place, a map would be a good thing to include at the beginning. Think, Lord of the Rings books.
Guides are used to show list of characters, places, list of vocabulary words that one needs to know to understand the story. Guides focus on areas of interest to the reader. Readers love extra material. Deity’s Soulmate has several guides at the end of the story.
Neat fonts are good at keeping readers glued to your story. Exploring fonts for novels is not necessary. If you are using a template, use that template’s font. Chances are that the creators of that template have a good experience with that font. Readers eyeballs become locked in because they can read the content easily. Leave the ‘fun’ fonts for graphics and blogs.
Story events need to be ordered properly for story writing. The correct hierarchy of events in a story determines whether or not readers will continue reading. Try not to confuse your reader by making a mistake, especially if you are writing a historical romance, for instance. Do the research. Does it make sense?
Some novels are of a character being followed for a week so ‘time’ aspect is not an issue. However, when you get to a novel like mine, Deity’s Soulmate, a lot of time goes by. It was a challenge to figure out what goes where and in what time frame, but I believe that I did okay. Do not give up.
This is different from step number 9. Is your story written from the character’s point of view of today or from an individual point of view during the Civil War, for instance? Do you have that individual talking on their cell phone when cell phones didn’t exist? Do you have an individual talking in slang when it’s unappreciated?
Things are always changing in our world. Research of the time frame for your novel eliminates reader confusion. It’s surprising how often readers will put down a novel if something doesn’t seem right.
Authors use synopsis to grab the readers attention. Synopsis is like having a narrator tell readers about the story. It’s a summary of the novel and a hook at the same time. Don’t be afraid to rewrite your synopsis. At the back of Deity’s Soulmate, the hook is different from what one can find on Amazon or at Goodreads. That is okay.
An artist’s first lesson is to never leave white space on the canvas, to always fill it. Same advice goes here, unless you have a similar idea for a book cover to me.
There is a lot of white space on my book cover, but that white space has a purpose. Add a purpose to each part of your book cover, but don’t over do it. By filling in the white space with chalices, I make the reader think about their purpose. There are 7 chalices in Deity’s Soulmate. I loved writing about them.
It’s easy to mention things in your novel from the real world, like song artists, authors, and lyrics. But, can you do it?
There is a crime fiction novel that I am working on and I had a scene with karaoke. The girls sang to Britney Spears and I had the full lyrics until I researched copyright laws. What ended up happening was me scratching all the lyrics that I had in my story and me creating a fictional band. Writing songs is hard, especially if you do not know how to read music, though it is fun.
When one studies in college, you have reference page and are allowed to use the sources for educational purposes without having copyright issues. Creative writing and novel writing is where you may be able to make some money, so laws apply to you. Do the research.
They have to be intuitive. They describe information to the reader.
Words are sometimes exaggerated in writing so readers can quickly understand, however too many fancy words can make the reader put down your novel. Don’t over do it. Just because you have a high understanding of the language, does not mean your readers do. Don’t make them grab a dictionary on every other page.
Remember that you are the author. If you want illustrations inside the novel and it is not a manga or children’s book, that is okay. Chances are that the readers will love you for it. Readers love it when they read a truly inspired novel. Authors have added food recipes at end of their fiction stories, illustrations, jokes, quotes. Readers eat it up. Think outside the box.
2 Color illustrations from Deity’s Soulmate:
One of the Fates brewing a potion to make her look beautiful again
You learn about story balance and harmony with experience. It’s not something you pick up after your first story.
When you learn to organize your character and their journey, you start figuring out balance. Well-balanced story is formed with a character learning something, growing as a character, and not loosing oneself.
If you have a question on an element that I forgot to mention, please comment and I will try to explain it from my point of view.
Thank you for reading!
Novel Title: Fated Memories
Author: Joan Carney
Source: Gifted by the author for an honest review
Score: 4 Dragon Prints
Joan Carney’s, Fated Memories, novel was a fantastic read. It transports the reader to the time of Civil War and follows a group of friends who are lost in the past, Kitty, Mags, and Simon. The novel is well written and I can that a lot of research went into it.
There were a couple of expectations from me for this novel. I believed that it would be a while before the point of view changes to Kitty’s, so it took a while to realize that I will not hear the private thoughts of Mags. I also believed that I would see scenes where the girls would talk about their past and bring up some material goods, the only time where I read Kitty bringing up the material goods from the future was when she was telling Sam of who she is… and that was very late in the story. I’ve also been waiting for the girls to fix the locket right away and not just when Simon and Mags decided to take that big step for their future. When Simon returned wounded from the war, Kitty was safe and sound, I expected Simon to talk about their friends who fought with him – mainly the man who wanted to call on Kitty. Did he live? So that part was not too realistic, though I did like the ending and of how they learned the truth of how they time traveled.
There is a big plus to this story, well two. First, it keeps you guessing on what happens next. Second, the Miss Carney was not afraid to write things that were critical to the story line. Some authors are afraid to hurt their characters and Miss Carney was not. Was a pleasure to know that she gave it all to this novel.
If you’re looking to read a time travel, romance and love history then I highly recommend reading this novel. This book is for young adults and older.
“My first time taking a bus in this town and what’s worse is that I was just hit with a card in my face. I pick up the card and notice that it’s a tarot card. Now what?”
The first line of a novel that doesn’t exist yet and hasn’t been started yet. What do you think?
Deidra Alexander was challenged to try First Line Friday by Rami Ungart at https://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/ last week. Here’s the link: https://deidraalexander.com/2016/05/07/firstlinefriday-tag/. And I found it interesting so decided to try.
You can play along at home. Here’s what you do.
Title: Wit’ch Fire
Author: James Clemens
Source: Bought from a passing bookstore years ago
My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints
It’s hard to find novels that leave a mark on an individual. Usually, it’s enough to read a novel once. However, when one finds a novel that they will have a pleasure rereading and finding new things behind the story line… those novels are worth the wait. Witch Fire, is one of those novels that I can reread every year and still love the story and the characters. Of course, Witch Fire, is only book 1 in the series… so it is the focus of the review. I love the series. Read them!
It is a story about a young girl, Elena, who grows to be a young woman later in the story line, going a journey and learn about her witch powers, all the while hiding from the Dark Lord and find her brother. She gains help from one-armed juggler Er’ril (who is my favorite character), Nee’lahn, Kral and many more. (There’s too much to say about the book, bringing in spoilers which would be bad.)
Clemens is an amazing story teller and I strive to rival his talent in the future. He was able to keep the essence of all the characters throughout the series and keeping me interested and thinking about the unfolding events.
If you’re looking to read a fantasy novel, I highly recommend reading Witch Fire. Believe me, you will get hooked and end up reading the entire series. This book is for young adults and older.