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Reblog: The Summer Season of Writing

10 May

Arizona (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

by Telena Tanara Contreras

The Arizona summer is an early arriver. In late March a dry breeze descends on the valley to give spring its notice; and a mere month later Queen Summer herself follows behind a procession of scorching rays, ridiculous temperatures, and dramatic dust storms to begin her ruthless reign.
Come May, the people are done.

Snow birds lock up their homes, cover their pools, and head back north or east or wherever it is sane people run to when the weather is more foe than friend. The frugal adopt a beans-and-rice budget in order to crank up the air in homes where they will become hermits for the next five months. All projects that were started with fervor melt into burdens the initiator wishes would simply go away.

My first novel has hit that summer season.

It’s done, and has been for quite some time now. When I first finished it-before I knew anything about the publishing world-I took it to a conference sans edits and put out feelers. My feedback was favorable (the feedback I did get) but I was made aware of the need to do some editing.

After reading a few books on writing, like Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King (and feeling appropriately horrified that my first draft was ever let out of its cage), I decided to put the novel through a rigorous edit-walkaway-read program …

You can find the rest of the article here: The Summer Season of Writing.


Nature and Writing

12 Apr

Writers! Are you looking for a unique opportunity to further your skills and meet some new writing friends?D.R. Leo

Check out this new endeavor by my friend, Darren Rome Leo:  Nature and Writing. From the website, “Whether you’re a serious writer, a dabbler, just curious, or devoted to another medium, our workshops offer inspiration, motivation, and real tools to pursue your goals.  Expand your creativity, see the world with a new lens, and apply it to your craft.”

Also, please feel free to share any writing workshops, groups, or programs that you have found helpful.

Happy writing! – JLB


Truth in Fiction? Let’s Hear from the Experts.

14 Feb

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. ~ Mark Twain

Fiction writers are always talking about the truth. It confused me at first, until I realized that truth in story has little to do with real life; it’s the ability to make the reader believe that what the writer is revealing is a possibility, that it could happen, and in fact it has. The experience a writer portrays needs to become to the audience as real as if they had experienced it themselves.

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe Fiction writers often find it easier to tell the truth within a pretense of story. It’s easier to be honest, knowing that the truth is snuggled in with the pretend, and the reader is none the wiser to the actual circumstances from which the author learned this truth.

Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense. ~ Mark Twain

If the writer tells a story, it still has to have rules for the reader to follow along. There should be defined boundaries in the world created. Would you keep reading that crime drama if a talking unicorn suddenly appeared? Maybe, if you believe it could happen.

I’ll leave you with this poem.

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise.
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