Saturday, August 30, 2014

10 mistakes Writers Make that Generates a Rejection Letter



10 Mistakes Writers Make That Generates a Rejection Letter.

1)      Failure to have it professionally edited: Agents and publishers aren’t going to waste their time with a manuscript that has misspelled words, or improper spacing, run-on sentences etc. Want to be taken seriously? Then have the manuscript PROFESSIONALLY edited before submitting.
2)      Speechifying: Lack of contractions, soapbox oratory, bombastic self-serving dialogue.
3)      Talking heads: Conversational dialogue where there is no action. People gesture when they speak, have facial expressions, respond to outside noises (dog barking, train whistle) touch surrounding objects etc.
4)      Telling not showing: Don’t just write it was a dark and stormy night, describe it. Make us feel that we are in that place.
5)      Stagnant pacing: Suspense requires scene building detail, concise description utilizing all five senses. (What they see, hear, feel, smell and taste.) Action require sharp, to the point pacing with no unnecessary detail.
6)      Timeline errors: You can’t have Bob go out to get Tuesday’s newspaper then announce when he comes home that he wants to watch Monday Night football that evening. Or switching between past, present and future without a clear and self-explanatory jump-cut.
7)      Inconsistent dialogue: Once you establish your character he/she must be consistent in his or hers conduct and speech patterns. You can’t have a British nobleman suddenly start wise cracking or using southern colloquialisms.
8)      Exposition: You shouldn’t stop your story to explain to your reader what led up to their present circumstances, weave it into the story.
9)      Magic solution: You should NEVER use a solution to a problem that hasn’t been mentioned anywhere else in the story. For example: Jane is about to be murdered by crazed assailant then suddenly remembers she has a gun in her purse. If this fact hasn’t been address earlier you shouldn’t use it. EVER!
10)   There is no “Secret” The secret is what keeps the reader reading. Who is the mysterious stranger who calls Jane every night at 2 am.? Who is that boy in the picture she keeps in a locket around her neck? What is Ben using to blackmail Kyle?  Remember it’s very easy to put a book down. Make it difficult for your reader to do.

There is a lot more to mention. In fact there is an entire book filled with everything you need to know to get your book published. It’s called The Best Book on How to Write, Publish and Market your Novel into a Best Seller and you can get it if you CLICK HERE

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The 5 Best Sing-Along Songs



The 5 Best Sing-Along Songs

Everybody has songs they like to sing-along with. Doesn’t matter what style, or year or genre, we just like them and the minute we hear them playing we burst into song regardless of our lack of talent.

So I’ve compiled 5 of my favorites and create a countdown from number 5 down to my most favorite sing-along. It’s funny how they are all in different styles, from different decades and from both well-known and obscure bands.

And as always feel free to sing-along


Now wasn’t that fun? I first heard that song on some obscure indie radio station and immediately downloaded it into my ipod when I got home.


As instructed, I left the theater singing! Couldn’t quite help it, it was such a catchy tune


When my brother saw this band in concert, he said the entire audience in Madison Square Garden was on their feet and singing along!


Every so often my wife would walk in on me while I was singing and dancing to this song. Instead of making me feel like an idiot, she would start singing and dancing along with me.


I only discovered this song a month or so ago. Damn near impossible to keep from getting up and singing and dancing along.

Remember hatin’ is bad :)

Zack