Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about the book I’ve been writing for the last few years and how I got to where I am. I’m at the point right now where I’m trying to build up a readership for my books. The best way to do that is to tell you about them! This may not interest you, but my hope is that you will give my story a chance and listen to my journey and book plans. If you won’t listen to my journey, at least read my book summary and comment your thoughts. Continue reading
A story is nothing without a perfectly crafted main character. The protagonist is who the reader will have to live with for the next 300 pages and experience life with. Without an emotional connection, your reader probably won’t keep reading your book.
So how can you create a character that a reader will love and cheer for? Continue reading
When you’re writing a book, there are a lot of things you have to think about. First, what is the story about? Then you think about the characters and the setting and every other detail you can think of until you feel prepared to start writing. But how do you go about writing a book? By little bits at a time. Not just actual timewise but also in the way the story is told– through bits of summary and bits of scene. Writing a book is like constructing a building. You need a plan–a blueprint of what you plan to happen in your story. A story is made up of tons of scenes that each has a purpose and builds on the next. Therefore, in order to build a story, you must first learn to construct a scene. Continue reading
If the fiction books we read are just fiction, what compels us to read them? What connects the reader to a made up story?
I have always considered books to be a complete work of fiction. But I’m beginning to see that perhaps that is what my stories have been missing–a touch of truth. A touch of reality to make my readers connect. Even though a book may be fiction as a whole, what makes people connect to it are the pieces of truth which typically stem from the author’s experiences in life. Continue reading
My thoughts today concern inspiration and writing. Does a person’s surroundings affect their creativity? I have always struggled to write when I wasn’t in the mood or when the weather wasn’t to my preferred writing-worthy conditions. So does the quality of writing depend on whether or not the writer is inspired?
Here is my view today as I sit writing. The beach. What more inspiration could one get to write? I’m staring at the edge of mystery–at the veil of another world I cannot see. If I woke up to this view every morning, I just might be able to finish writing a book in a month or two. The problem is that I don’t. I wake up to the grand view of a street with houses. Not the best inspiration, unless I were a writer infatuated with neighborhoods. But the fact still stands that I do write there. Not with the same inspiration as sitting on the beach, but writing still happens. Continue reading
A common excuse I hear from people is that they don’t have enough time. Why haven’t you finished writing your book yet? I don’t have enough time. That is one of the lamest excuses. Yes, we have jobs and family and other things that take up our time, but if writing is your passion then it should become a priority. Make time to write.
R.J. Thompson reached out to me as an aspiring author who also manages a full-time job. Here’s what he had to say: Continue reading
Author: Terri Blackstock
Recommended for: Christian and non Christian readers who enjoy a clean murder mystery or police investigation.
NOT recommended for: People who like to read the end of the book first or skim readers. Also not for those who are easily affected by blood or trauma.