Friday, April 27, 2012

Featured Blog Post - Writers On The Move: Writing Means Commitment

Writers On The Move: Writing Means Commitment: This morning I had messages from two students. Both have important exams this week. One emailed to say she had not  time to do anything but revise. The other, who is studying for several exams at degree level, sent me the final revisions for her noir novel, due to be published in August. 
 

That was commitment:: commitment to her  book, to her editor, to her publisher.

Commitment to writing for publication means taking on board all aspects of the job--and yes, it is a job. It may be creative, it may be an art, it may allow you to work flexi-time. But writing has all the same pressures as any other business--research and development, selection of the best materials for the job, deadlines, attention to detail, scrupulous checking and discarding when necessary to ensure a perfect product.

No matter what is happening in your life, writing and the commitment to completing projects with set deadlines has to come first if you want to be seen as reliable.

Read more at http://www.writersonthemove.com/2012/04/writing-means-commitment.html

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Families Matter Show with Kecia Burham VS Grenier 04/25 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Come join Kecia Burham, VS Grenier & Irene Roth once a month on the 4th Wednseday on BTR’s World of Ink Network show: Families Matter.
Airs live 6pm EST - 5pm CT - 4pm MT - 3pm PST
This is a discussion based show. Call in at (714) 242-5259
This months show topic is on 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

We will be talking about tips for parents and teens so they can be successful in school and life.
The idea of this show is to have guests and listeners (adults or kids) share information to help empower children, teens and their families.
Please post any questions or stories you would like us to answer or share on the show to our chat room. We invited you to call in and join the conversation. Or email us here at Blog Talk Radio.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Post: Inspirations for Your Characters

Many writers have gained inspiration from people they know or have met. The reason behind this is that characters are never more effective and more lifelike as those that are actually based on real people. In the past this was not a problem because even if the real individuals did not like how they were portrayed, there was little they could do about it. However, now you hear about various ongoing lawsuits brought before the courts purely and simply because the claimants felt their portrayal was less than flattering.

Today I bring you a little guest post about how to gain inspiration for your characters by using family, friends and co-workers. Maybe these tricks will help inspire you as well as keep those you care about (or don't like so much) from getting upset.

Creating Characters Based on Real Life: 

Using Family Members, Friends and Enemies

One of the most common problems associated with the development of characters in any give story, novel or screenplay is that they are flat and do not have any life to them. This does not make characters believable in the slightest. However, by drawing inspiration from elsewhere, you can avoid this problem completely. The way you perceive your friends will reflect in the text and either give the narrative a warmth that cannot be found if you do not really care about these characters. Similarly, your enemies are your enemies for a reason, and the way you perceive them in real life will translate itself onto the page. This will ensure your tale is gripping from start to finish and your characters are infinitely believable!

The following steps represent ideas you can take to effectively use your friends, family and enemies in your books, as such, without actually earning yourself a lawsuit!

1. Brainstorm your characters in advance. Brainstorming your characters will enable you to make them individuals and also cut out certain personality traits of the individuals they are based on. If you only use the real life subjects as a basis then this should not be too much of a problem. Select the basic traits you wish to use in a character and add to them with other traits and a quick text expansion on how you will use them. Small things like altering the age and gender of the character in question will also help disguise the fact that you are using friends, family and enemies as guidelines for your characters. These simple touches can infinitely help to protect you so use them to their fullest extent.

2. Do not choose names that are even remotely related to the names of the real life subjects you are using. This is a common problem encountered by authors because they neglect to distinguish the characters from their real life counterparts in name! If you think about it, this one stupid mistake can cost you a lot. Instead of turning your Aunt Molly into Aunt Polly, make her your mother's best friend Claire. This may sound ridiculous to a deep thinking author because you would still be able to tell who that character is based on, but to the outsider looking in, it will not be so obvious and may well be missed by those that matter!

3. Try combining character traits of individuals you know. Taking your best friend and your sister and combining elements of their characters will make a distinct separation between them in real life and on paper. The two individuals you choose do not need to be similar in terms of personality and looks, but combining the two will make a believable character that does not directly resemble either, thus allowing you to get away with it! Combining two enemies is just as effective and may actually make that character seem worse on paper as well, thus enhancing the character.

4. Look into your past and draw on people you used to know. This is an easy option. People you used to know but are no longer in contact with you probably would not draw the distinction between themselves and your narrative as long as you do not draw on common situations you have experienced. This is a tell tale sign and should be avoided.

5. Ask permission if the character is overtly and obviously a member of your family or circle of friends. If you do need to represent a character so he or she resembles a friend or family member accurately then be sure to ask permission. It may also be necessary for the person to sign something, but this would come after the next step.

6. Ask the people you have based characters on to read your first draft. If you do this then you have their consent to publish if and when you get a deal, so long as they do not voice objections to anything written about the character based on them. After they give you their consent to represent them in such a way, get them to sign a waiver just in case they do change their mind at a later date. Adhering to all of the above will get you to this stage, but then make sure you are fully protected in case of future changes of heart!


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Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Writing Mama with VS Grenier 04/23 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

A Blog Talk Radio "Today's Pick"!

Come listen to a special Writing Mama show April 23rd at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MST - 11am PT.

BTR’s World of Ink Network: The Writing Mama show with hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth.
Our guest is Kenneth Weene, a New Englander by upbringing and inclination, a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counselor by education. He is a writer by passion.

Learn more about Ken on The World of Ink Network blog http://worldofinknetwork.blogspot.com



The Writing Mama show will air live April 23rd at 2pm EST.

You can listen/call in at (714) 242-525




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Friday, April 20, 2012

What is Success Show with VS Grenier Marsha Casper Cook 04/20 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Join hosts VS Grenier & Marsha Cook on April 20th at 1PM EST – 12PM CT – 11AM MT – 10AM PST.

This is a discussion based show. Marsha and Virginia will be happy to take your calls if you have questions.


Call in number: 714-242-5259

This Week's Topic: Can you truly write a manuscript (novel or script) in 30 days from rough to final draft and really be ready for submission?
Call in, post your questions in our chat room during the show or email your questions to us here.

Also stop by our website http://worldofinknetwork.com and learn more about the hosts and our shows, plus services we offer.

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Interview Friday with Nicole Borgenicht


Nicole Borgenicht is a children's fiction writer. Her most recent books, The Bridge and The Kids of Dandelion Township. Some of Nicole's other kid's stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Kid's Reading Room section, Stories for Children Magazine and LadyBug Flights Magazine. Additional works comprise poetry and essays, short stories, one act plays or articles in magazines such as Arts and Entertainment Skyline and American Fitness.

VS: Nicole, it is a real pleasure to have you here today. I have known you for sometime and have followed your writing career, but I never knew what inspired you to start writing. Can you share your inspiration to begin down this writing path?

Nicole: I became a professional writer when I was inspired by two factors. One is the idea of children being homeless in America and the other is the fact that there was at that time a big outbreak of teen violence. So I sold a research paper about homelessness. Then I was published in the United Nations International Newsletter with my article on children in the United States working for peace through Unicef and creative events to include: theatre, art and dance. 

VS: You are currently touring your recently released children's chapter book, The Kids of Dandelion Township with a World of Ink Tour. Can you share a bit about your book with us?

Nicole: The Kids of Dandelion Township is a story about three friends who live in a magical world, however they face many of the challenges all children must tackle. From emotional sensitivities, to crushes and trying to get good grades, the kids are part of a circle of friends who discover their differences and similarities together. The emphasis on this story is to enjoy youth while reaching for your goals.

VS: What a great message for kids. Now you have written many different things and genres of writing, which makes me wonder what you enjoy most when you sit down write. I ask this because nonfiction is different form fiction, which is different from poetry or script writing. Can you share what part of the writing process you find more enjoyable?

Nicole: I like inventing characters and stories. It frees me up to e creative and say what is in my heart without having to spell it out!

VS: Then what would you say is the most difficult part of the writing process for you. Mine is finishing with revising so my manuscript is ready for submission. Others tell me it is sitting down and actually starting. What about you?

Nicole: The most difficult part of writing is the same as with all things in life. Sometimes you know exactly what to say and do and it all comes out perfectly in the end. Other times, you say it wrong or you rneed to clarify, or a relationship area takes a ton of work. I like getting lucky when it's fast, but very often the revisions are a long process.

VS: I have received a lot of writing advice over the years. Some things I've heard over a million times, but find I still need to hear it. Other times, I get a new tidbit of information I never even thought of. What has been one piece of advice you'd like to share with writers and those who just love books?

Nicole: Gene Perret the Comedy Writer and Teacher always says: "Write and have fun with it!"

VS: Words we all need to live by even if we don't write for a living. Okay Nicole, I know you are like most of us who write, which means you must have some other projects planned or in the works. Can you share a little about the works in progress you have waiting for publication?

Nicole: I always have several works in progress. I am currently working on a young adult story called New York, Vermont and On and Off Broadway. This story is about kids in the country and city with similar paths and how they meet working in theatre together. However, I am also already writing some scenes for The Kids of Dandelion Township Two. The first story ends with a magical dust bowl. The second story begins with a dust bowl that seems magical at first but we learn soon it is an ominous dangerous thing!

VS: Many writers don't begin their journey down the writing path until after they have built a career in a different field, get married and have kids. What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Nicole: It only takes one editor to like your work for you to get published. Keep sending it out and make small revisions if three editors give you the same note.

VS: Can you share what do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Nicole: Good books have the universality of characters and plot that touch feelings and situations people relate to, while saying it in a new and exciting or fun way.

VS: What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?

Nicole: A character is believable when some of their traits simulate people we know, and that their feelings and decisions appear natural to the invented character. Like all writers, I invent characters based on an amalgamation of traits from different people to include myself, friends, family, people I know or know of and partially from the pure energy of creativity.

VS: We are told that winning awards is important as a writer. Have you won any you would like to share with us?

Nicole: I received an Honorable Mention for revising a comedy writing routine, from the writer of the book Archangel Shecky. The writer and award presenter is Emmy Award Winner Gene Perret! 

VS: Thank you again, Nicole for being my guest interview this Friday. It has been a blast getting to know you better through your World of Ink Tour and  this interview.


 SFC Publishing, LLC and the World of Ink Network will be touring author Nicole Borgenicht’s children’s chapter book The Kids of Dandelion Township, which released in April 2012.

The Kids of Dandelion Township is a story about new friends who in the process of discovering magic together, learn about their similar emotions and different cultures. All in the context of a child's day, the kids unravel mysteries of A students, and invent ways to be creative while completing their homework assignments. Preparing the way for children to receive magic, the kids of Dandelion Township wish all children will experience it one day.

 Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/rK3ChBjL5H0  

You can find out more about Nicole Borgenicht’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6we4qlj. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Borgenicht and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

In addition on April 9th, Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children had Nicole Borgenicht as a guest. You can listen to the interview at http://blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork
The Stories for Children show aired live, April 9, 2012 at 2pm EST.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Author Spotlight: Kenneth Weene

Life itches and torments Kenneth Weene like pesky flies. Annoyed, he picks up a pile of paper to slap at the buzzing and often whacks himself on the head. Each whack is another story. At least having half-blinded himself, he has learned to not wave the pencil.
A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counselor by education. He is a writer by passion.
  
Ken’s short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Sol, Spirits, Palo Verde Pages, Vox Poetica, Clutching at Straws, The Word Place,Legendary, Sex and Murder Magazine, The New Flesh Magazine, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Daily Flashes of Erotica Quarterly, Bewildering Stories, A Word With You Press, Mirror Dance, The Aurorean, Stymie, and Empirical.
Ken’s novels, Widow’s Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum, and Tales From the Dew Drop Inne, are published by All Things That Matter Press.
To purchase Ken's books visit http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=books&field-author=Kenneth%20Weene

Come listen to a special Writing Mama show April 23rd at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MST - 11am PT with Kenneth Weene as our guest.

BTR’s World of Ink Network: The Writing Mama show with hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth will air live April 23rd at 2pm EST. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-525 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2012/04/23/the-writing-mama-with-vs-grenier




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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Kids of Dandelion Township by Nicole Borgenicht - World of Ink Tour Spotlight

SFC Publishing and the World of Ink Network will be touring author Nicole Borgenicht´s children´s chapter book The Kids of Dandelion Township all through April and part of May 2012.

 The Kids of Dandelion Township is a story about new friends who in the process of discovering magic together, learn about their similar emotions and different cultures. All in the context of a child's day, the kids unravel mysteries of A students, and invent ways to be creative while completing their homework assignments. Preparing the way for children to receive magic, the kids of Dandelion Township wish all children will experience it one day.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/rK3ChBjL5H0

Different Stops Nicole has had throughout the tour

April 8th



April 9th
BTR's World of Ink Network: Stories for Children Show
Airs LIVE at 2pm EST
You can listen on demand after the show airs!

April 10th



April 11th




April 12th





April 13th



April 14th



April 15th


You can find out more about Nicole Borgenicht’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6we4qlj. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Borgenicht and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

Nicole Borgenicht is a children's fiction writer. Her most recent picture book is The Bridge published by Publish America. Some of Nicole's other kid's stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Kid's Reading Room section, Stories for Children Magazine and LadyBug Flights Magazine. Additional works comprise poetry and essays, short stories, one act plays or articles  in magazines such as Arts and Entertainment Skyline and American Fitness.

Author Website: www.nicoleborgenicht.com

Illustrator Website:  www.lisamgriffin.com
Blog Address: http://lisamgriffin.blogspot.com

Twitter URL:  LisaMGriffinArt

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175304813

Facebook Fan Page URL: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-M-Griffin-Illustration/126529427398885



Places where book is available for sale: Amazon

Don't forget to enter your name and/or site to the Book Lovers Blog Hop & Giveaway for your chance to win a FREE copy of The Kids of Dandelion Township!


Make friends, share the love of reading and be entered to win FREE books! There will be up to 2 winners during this Book Lovers Blog Hop & Giveaway. All you have to do is enter the giveaway at http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com/2012/04/book-lovers-blog-hop-giveaway-april-12.html

There are many ways you can enter.
1) Promote the Book Lovers Hop and this World of Ink Tour on any social network.
2) Tweet it once a day.
3) Share on Facebook.
4) Like the Book Lovers Blog post.
5) Leave a comment at the Book Lovers blog post.

Also, don't forget to follow those who have joined the Book Lovers Blog Hop. By joining the Book Lovers Blog Hop, you are automatically entered in our Book Giveaway! There will be up to two (2) winners for this April '12 Book Lovers Blog Hop & Giveaway. Note: two books per winner. One will be "The Kids of Dandelion Township"!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Guest Post: Creating Believable Characters

When dealing with fictional characters, it’s crucial to remember that real people rarely know themselves. We often don’t know our minds, we don’t understand why we’re doing some of the things we’re doing, and we cannot really access our subconscious. So what makes a fictional character believable and memorable at the same time?

3 Tips for Creating Believable Characters

1. Pay attention to the world around you
Wherever you go, listen to people around you. People from all areas of the country make for interesting speech patterns and distinct dialects. Usually, the uniqueness of a character comes from the writer's ability to make it come to life. For instance, if you have a character from the Deep South, it is probably indicated to give that character a southern accent, so that you make it ring true. For a character to be believable, the character's voice has to be believable. Moreover, you will avoid a static story by using compelling dialogue.

2. Read your favorite novel
If your characters seem to come out flat, perhaps you should ask yourself whether you are not attributing them with a lot more self-awareness than they should have. Read one of your favorite novels, watch the dialogue closely and analyze the amount of knowledge characters have. How does the writer make the characters sound believable? Try rewriting the dialogue of a character in a novel to make it sound like he or she is from England, for example. Then look at your attempt and see if your rewritten dialogue is authentic and realistic. If it is, you are on the right track to creating more lively characters.

3. Develop your character's voice
Once you have taken stock of these notes, start developing your character's voice and see what techniques you can employ to make him or her unique. Avoid creating static characters. You want characters that instantly come alive and keep your readers engaged. Good dialogue will contribute to keeping the readers wanting to find out more, and believable dialogue adds authenticity to your character.

Making your character's voice realistic will help make you novel a lot stronger and will keep the readers begging for more. While creating believable characters is not an easy task, try to keep at it. Moreover, make sure you also give your characters some gaping holes in their self-knowledge. Even if you have a profoundly introspective character, make sure she's wrong from time to time. Your characters should not know the half of what you know when it comes to their motivations. Don't forget to leave the reader a few surprises, too. A little mystery will help build the suspense!

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ



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Monday, April 9, 2012

The Stories for Children Show with VS Grenier 04/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork

Author Nicole Borgenicht on Blog Talk Radio’s
World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children – April 9, 2012 

Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network Show: Stories for Children with host VS Grenier and producer Irene Roth will be chatting with children’s author Nicole Borgenicht about her recently released children’s chapter book, The Kids of Dandelion Township.


About the Book: The Kids of Dandelion Township is a story about new friends who in the process of discovering magic together, learn about their similar emotions and different cultures. All in the context of a child's day, the kids unravel mysteries of A students, and invent ways to be creative while completing their homework assignments. Preparing the way for children to receive magic, the kids of Dandelion Township wish all children will experience it one day.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/rK3ChBjL5H0


About the author: Nicole Borgenicht is a children's fiction writer. Her most recent picture book, The Bridge was published by Publish America. Some of Nicole's other kid's stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Kid's Reading Room section, Stories for Children Magazine and LadyBug Flights Magazine. Additional works comprise poetry and essays, short stories, one act plays or articles in magazines such as Arts and Entertainment Skyline and American Fitness.

The Stories for Children show will air live, April 9, 2012 at 2pm EST. Tune in at the BTR World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

You can find out more about Nicole Borgenicht’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6we4qlj. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Borgenicht and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.