I recently had the opportunity to meet author, Smoky Trudeau. She writes for Vanilla Heart Publishing, and also does some editing for them. She was very, very kind and read the first few chapters of my novel in progress and gave me some valuable feedback. I'm thrilled to say she had only positive things to say about the plot and writing, but I did have some things to be improved regarding style with punctuation and such.
I'm familiar with the AP Stylebook because I was a journalist. I need to become familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style because that's what a fiction writer uses. I intend to purchase a copy of that. I'm also going to get a copy of Smoky's new book, Front-Word, Back-Word, Insight Out.
Smoky taught writing for some years and this is like her workshops in a book. It's full of lessons about writing the novel you've got inside you.
You can attend the online launch party on Sunday, May 18, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Central Time, at the Forum at www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com. There will be prizes and mini-workshops from the book. Barring unforeseen events, I'm planning to attend.
Here's some additional information about the event - anyone is welcome - even if you've never written, but you're thinking about it - you might as well drop in and see if it's for you.
Front-word, Back-word, Insight-Out:
Lessons on Writing the Novel Lurking Inside You from Start to Finish
Every day, people sit down in front of a blank computer screen or piece of paper and start to write their own version of the Great American Novel. Many never get beyond "Once upon a time...." Their stories remain stuck inside, where only they can hear them. That's because writing a book is easier said than done. Writing a good book is even harder. Why? Because novel writing is a skill that must be learned, just like a nurse must learn to take a patient's blood pressure, a pilot must learn how to fly, and a concert pianist must learn to read music.
Based on her years of teaching writing workshops, author Smoky Trudeau has created a program of step-by-step lessons to teach you how to transform that story stuck inside you into good fiction. You'll learn winning techniques for starting your story and how to decide which character should tell it. You'll gather ideas for writing believable dialogue and developing characters readers will love—and those they'll despise. You'll learn how to build tension, write an exciting climax scene, then gracefully bring your story to an end; and much, much more.
Full of examples and exercises to help you hone your skills, Front-word, Back-word, Insight-Out is the must-read book for anyone who wants to unleash their inner author and free the stories lurking inside.
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Smoky chatted with me about your book, and it sounds to me you have something good going on.
Don't fret too much about knowing everything, and getting Smoky's writing workshop book is a great idea, thanks for telling folks about it, about Vanilla Heart Publishing, and about Smoky's Online Book Launch! The launches have been a ton of fun!
Kimberlee Williams, Managing Partner
Vanilla Heart Publishing
Thanks for your good thoughts about the book. I'm enjoying writing it. I so appreciated Smoky's generousity in reading the first few chapters, and chatting with you about it. I thought I was about half done when I went to the retreat, but I wrote six chapters there and threw out about 2/3 that much that I had already written that just wasn't "right." So, I'm gaining on it. :) What I threw out was something I wrote early on, before I had a real handle on the story, so I think I'll be able to avoid that in the future. At least I hope so. Thanks so much for your kind words.
Thanks so much for the plug! You're a sweetheart.
Come see me when your wanderlust and wonderlust kick up their heels again. We'll have a 2-author writing retreat right here in my house!
Thanks, Smoky. I think that sounds like a fine idea. Maybe this fall. :)
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