Monday, July 18, 2016

Post 2 Technology, Creativity, Dialogue, Character, and Point of View…and What I’ve Interpreted from Aaron Sorkin

Attention Writers and Authors: This is a long continuation of yesterday's Sunday morning analysis of dialogue, character, and point of view. It’s just some thoughts I put together…It’s not law. If you have something helpful to add, by all means, please leave a comment...

continued from yesterday: What I liked about Aaron Sorkin’s method is the way he mulls the story over in his head, kind of stirring it up in a pot, and then he lets it simmer. Later he may add a second ingredient or third or fourth to enhance the stew. Eventually he has to decide when enough is enough, when the ingredients are just right, when it’s simmered and cooked long enough…when it’s complete.

He’s looking for a finished product that sizzles with great dialogue and a lot of conflict. One thing I noticed Sorkin repeated often is the author creates a character who should have desires and ambition, and in order to make the story interesting you just keep putting obstacles in front of him, ones he has to overcome in order to get to the  next scene. To me it sounded a lot like motivation and conflict. I was touched by the idea that he never really came out and used that terminology. Why? Because sometimes we hear the same thing so often it loses meaning. Instead he insinuated a fresh way of saying throw every obstacle in the hero’s way and watch his character develop as he meets his challenges. Another way of saying GOAL-MOTIVATION-CONFLICT?

Sorkin referred to Aristotle's work, which I admit I was unfamiliar with at the time. But what I did was how much what he quoted sounded much like the things I’ve heard so often from Joseph Campbell’s works (The Hero’s Journey).

So all writing styles may have changed since Aristotle's time, but the theory of writing hasn't changed much. A lot of instructors find ways to say things differently because people learn differently. If one person talks about goal, motivation, and conflict, and somebody else puts it in other terms, you may absorb the information better one way than you would another. The understanding curve changes with the words that are used. Someday (if you haven’t already) you're going to have that “Ah-ha” moment and realize exactly that is what’s happening.

So when I think of Aaron Sorkin I immediately think of awesome dialogue. The man is a dialogue hound. That's what he writes best, and I don't think anybody does it better. He started going to the theater, hearing music in the dialogue. When he began writing plays, the words in the dialogue  intrigued. He claims he is not very good at description. So his description is focused in the dialogue.

 To him it is the dialogue and the interaction that spurs the action, shows the character, challenges the viewer to read more in the character’s words and behavior. In dialogue, the reader or observer gets to know the character, begins to understand what the character is going through by watching his response physically, emotionally, and verbally to those things happening to him and the people around him.

You have to be able to read other people to get what he’s saying because not every character says what he means. Being a good judge of character means that you're capable of interpreting what they're saying and feeling—what they truly mean by their actions.

It's like putting a puzzle together. After you've got the pieces on the table, you're fully capable of matching those pieces together, but you're not going to see the whole picture until you put enough pieces together and it visually begins to make sense.

It’s especially difficult to interpret the characters’ motivation if you're not in that character’s point of view. If you’re writing a novel in a particular character's point of view, the advantage the readers have is they know what the character knows. The reader sees the world and understands only what the point of view character understands and sees.

Books these days are totally different than in the days when they were written in omniscient point of view, where the reader had some person standing above it all who saw and told the story to the readers. The narrator told the readers everything they needed to know about what was going on and about what the characters were feeling. The narrator even described how the characters reacted to each other.

Now, though we use multiple techniques, the most common method is writing a single point of view or two points of view or three points of view, but we stick to one character’s point of view so the reader only knows what's going on through that person. That technique actually brings you closer to the story because it puts you in that person's head, and allows you to understand what how that person, that character, is reacting to the situation he author put them in. It doesn't allow you to actually understand what the other people in the scene understand or  feel unless they tell, or the POV character interprets those things from what they see, hear, taste, touch or smell. The POV character must be the eye of the camera, seeing or feeling or reacting to the situation. It makes the reader take a more active part of the story.

I suggest reading "Maximum Impact" by Editor, Maureen Sevilla to see how to condense your work down to the integral part of the story, and check out her reading list.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Post 1 Technology, Creativity, Dialogue, Character, and Point of View…and What I’ve Interpreted from Aaron Sorkin

Attention Writers and Authors: This is a long Sunday morning analysis of dialogue, character, and point of view. It’s just some thoughts I put together…It’s not law. If you have something helpful to add, by all means, please leave a comment.

A little about technology and creativity first. Electronic devices can help you be more productive, but they can also hinder you with your work. I think about all the times I'm ready to sit down, and I really want to get into something creative, something that I had planned. I open my computer…

First thing that happens is I have to update something, or I have to make certain that the contacts are updated, or it's asking me a question, or it wants me to do something else. By the time I've gone through all that, I'm totally distracted. So, not having it attached to the Internet doesn't really help. Not having peace and quiet in the house doesn't help. Not getting sidetracked with other stuff around the house doesn't help. The only way to really deal with this is going through all of it making certain you're ready after all your equipment is ready to work for you. Or…

What I’ve started doing is dictating into my phone as soon as I wake up, while I’m making coffee, doing my mundane morning ablutions, and turning on the computer.
That being said I have friends who often write by hand like we did in the old days. We can pick up a pencil and a piece of paper or note pad anywhere and start with our idea immediately without interruption. Now there is the downside. You could break the tip of the pencil or your pen could run out of ink. Other than that, not much else can prevent you from moving forward. Therefore, I always have two pencils around, always have a backup pen, and plenty of paper to jot down my notes, because that seems to be the most effective way of actually writing without distraction from the minute I start. There are recent studies done with students that have determined handwriting notes is a more effective learning tool than keying notes into a tablet. There’s something about physically creating the words on paper that help the learning process. I feel it also helps the creative process. Like sculpting—feeling the object take shape and form.

How do you write? Do you start in the beginning and just think about it? I was listening to writer, Aaron Sorkin yesterday and some of the older interviews on videos that he had done, and I noticed he has a certain method or routine he goes through with all of his developmental writing. After listening to him, multiple times yesterday, I thought it probably was similar to all of our processes.

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He thinks about what he's going to do for a long time, planning it out in his head. I guess that's somewhat similar to the people who want to sit down and do an outline and get it all down on paper in some sort of order. Apparently he can remember exactly what he wants to do. It’s easier for him to move the story around in his mind so he can organize  the plot mentally before he actually sits down and writes the first draft. That doesn't stop him from thinking about the piece that he's going to write while he is watching ESPN and doing other things with his feet up with the music on, but he is thinking about where the story’s going. Sometimes he does mental erase sections, and uses backspace and delete in his head, then goes in and continues to reformat his thought process so he can move forward with the story. the way he wants to be sold and knows the end of the story when he sits down to write it which I think is pretty common to many authors. In my case, when I write, I have some idea where I want the story to go at the end, especially when I write romance. I know it's going to be a happily ever after. If it's part of a series, I know it has to segue into the next book. Continued

Return here tomorrow for Post 2

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

RELEASE DAY Hunger Moon by Merryn Dexter Hot Moon Rising series from #Decadent

Hunger Moon
Hot Moon Rising #7
By Merryn Dexter

Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN: 9781683610700
Word Count: 39,100
Cover Art: Mina Carter


A Charming Mask
Troy Lansing, envoy to the Brighton Pack has one mission – to find out everything he can about the new wolf pack living near his father’s territory. He offers the hand of friendship to the Moonlight pack, there’s just one problem. His father isn’t in the business of making friends.

A Stranger with Secrets
Belinda Thomas, omega to the Moonlight Pack is tasked by her alpha to find out the truth behind Troy’s fa├žade. Her omega abilities give her a unique insight into the hearts of other wolves. When she comes face to face with the enigmatic Troy, she doesn’t know what to make of him. Her wolf knows though.

A Forbidden Passion
Bound by secrets, duty and honor, Troy and Bel are drawn to each other, moths to the destructive flames of their passion. They will risk it all for the hunger driving them both.

A Desperate Fight
Can Troy and Bel find a way to save the Moonlight pack from the evil clutches of the Brighton alpha? The final fight for freedom might cost them more than their love; they might have to pay the ultimate price.
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Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.  

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Wood creaked to his left, and Troy stilled, lowering his feet down from the porch railing. The heavy shadow of the overhang would conceal his presence. Rand had made a point of telling him he shared the home to the right with his mate but hadn’t mentioned the occupant of the cottage on the opposite side. A pale reflection caught his eye, moonlight shining on light hair. The slender figure moving toward the woods paused and glanced in his direction. Bel.
He was out of his chair before realizing he’d moved; the thick railing around the porch was all that prevented him from striding across the open space toward her. Rain pattered against his skin, mixing with the sheen of sweat coating his chest. If she had turned away, kept moving without acknowledging him, he might not have acted. But he’d never know. Instead, she raised a hand to her throat, drawing his eye to the delicate line of her arm, the expanse of bare skin above the low neckline of her simple dress.
Bending his knees, Troy leaped onto the railing, balancing on his toes in a crouch. She turned her head, glanced toward the woods then back in his direction. The last vestiges of the mask of civility he wore slipped away, and he bared his teeth in a feral grin. Do it, he urged silently.
As though she heard his voiceless plea, Bel spun on her heel and made a break for the trees. Growling low in his throat, he sprang from the railing, hitting the ground at full speed. The clouds overhead burst open, turning the gentle patter of rain into a raging torrent, soaking him to the skin in moments. His feet slipped and slid in the long grass underfoot, but he didn’t slow his pace. Diving between a pair of thick trunks, he ducked beneath long curtains of Spanish moss and passed instantly into full darkness. The tangled canopy overhead masked the worst of the rain. Twigs snapped, warning her of his approach, marking her own desperate flight through the woods. Her scent hung thick in the humid air, a blanket of sunshine and sweetbriar.
A twisted root caught his ankle, sending him sprawling forward. Tucking his shoulder, he rolled with the motion, gaining his footing moments later at the base of a small incline. He stood in the bottom of a natural hollow, a clearing in the trees. Bel was less than twenty feet away, clutching the skirt of her dress high as she scrambled up the other side of the hollow.
“Stop,” he growled, forcing every ounce of command he possessed into the word.
She froze, one foot on the crest of the slope. He stalked across the clearing, watching her shoulders heave as she tried to catch her breath. He knew how she felt. Between the thick summer air and the lust coursing through his veins, he might never breathe normally again. The muscles in her calf twitched where her toes braced for purchase on the incline. He’d never spent much time considering the graceful shape of the back of a woman’s leg before. The curve of muscle narrowing to taper into the rigidity of an Achilles tendon, the pregnant swell of a smooth heel, the arch of her elegant instep.
Pausing at the base of the slight hill, he reached for her leg, traced the lean muscle of her calf. He slid his hand higher, watching it disappear beneath the damp hem of her dress. A soft gasp escaped her lips. Bending his head, he nibbled along the defined edge of her calf muscle, burying his lips into the dimple at the back of her knee.

   “Troy!” His name on her lips sounded both a blessing and a curse.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Here are 3 Genres, 3 Heat Levels, and 3 #FREEREADS from ELIZA MARCH for your vacation #IWSG


When I have time, I always enjoy reading blogs from our IWSG. I have a few friends among the group, but it's always nice to make new ones.

The IWSG question of the day is "What's the nicest thing anyone ever said about my writing?" As an author it always makes me happy when my readers love my characters, but because I struggle with pacing, telling me you couldn't put it down is the best compliment ever!

Today I'm creating a FREE CODE for THREE eBooks BOOKS and THREE different GENRES available for anyone interested or who wants to share. 

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Two years is a long time to be alone struggling with a ranch and a broken heart…

Karlie isn't prepared to have her first love show up on her doorstep with a financial offer she can't refuse and a physical promise she hasn’t forgotten. The hunky sidekick Jonathan claims is his partner is charming enough to make Karlie forget why she should turn down their offer, especially when her body sorely wants to try on both men for size. But she needs the help around the ranch and answers to questions she’s kept silent in her heart for too long.
The one woman Jonathan never could forget may not be ready to commit to anyone, but he has other plans. For now, he's willing to help her with the ranch and share her with his best friend, but he's determined to win her back and prove she needs him in her life permanently. Too bad Brad’s playing the role of the charmer so well, because Karlie is responding. In order to win back her trust and the love they shared, can Jonathan admit to his troubled past and the reason he left her once before? Or this time around will Brad’s charisma win out? SUPER HOT EROTIC Romance

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Cyber Espionage Romance Novella
PhD student, Sage Deming committed herself to the NSA, but not until after spring break—her first—hot sun, white sand, and mindless sex, until a series of deadly encounters threaten to interrupt her plans. 
Colonel Ryan O'Malley returns after a two-year deployment with a goal to relax before his next cyber security assignment. Is it just dumb luck he's there when the first hot chick he encounters is almost run down and kidnapped? 
Facing danger and betrayal, Sage and Ryan discover a cyber terrorist plot to keep her from finishing her project for Homeland Security. 
That she's determined to experience all spring break has to offer—including casual sex—strangely rankles Ryan as much as the possibility she's a terrorist target. He's determined to protect her and fulfill her qualifications for that weekend fling. 
Sage finally discovers there’s more to life than work, and more to sex than she's ever experienced, but will she manage to stay alive long enough to enjoy it? If the government and her handsome colonel have any say, she will not only finish her project but she'll also get more than the spring break she's been waiting for. Sizzling Sexy Romance

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Rowan O'Malley, descended from a long line of Irish Nationalists known for their affiliation with the NIRA, is wealthy, brilliant, and beautiful, but over time she's learned to keep her distance from dangerous men. 
The self-made business woman, and one of the most exceptional cyber hackers alive, dragged herself from the dark net and developed system security programs that can't be broken. 
When IATO [International Anti-Terrorist Organization] discovers what she’s capable of, they need her expertise to protect the international military security programs, but once the news about her new program gets out, there's a billion dollar bounty on her head. 
Cade James is assigned to get to her before the bounty hunters. His orders are to keep her alive and stop her from completing her newest project…or better yet buy it...but to do that he'll need to win her trust and her trust doesn’t come easily. 
The former SEAL has no idea how capable the fragile beauty is, physically and intellectually, but when his perfect fantasy woman is more willing to seduce him before trusting him with her life or her project he’s angry. 
She's going to take some convincing that his black-ops ghost group are the good guys, references or no references, especially since she can't find a trace of them in any government or dark net system. And yet in spite of all that, for once she considers following her heart instead of her head. She hopes she isn't wrong. Sizzling Sexy Romance

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Possessed by evil, ruled by lust, driven by hunger. Can love defeat the ancient demon and turn darkness into light?

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Blog Tour for Tell Me a Story by TAMARA LUSH

Tell Me a Story :
Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame.

But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.

Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he’s never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.

Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma’s building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore … and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?

**This is a stand-alone novella. But Caleb and Emma's journey will continue in the summer of 2016...**

“And how about you? Does your husband or boyfriend know you read stories to strange men at bars?”
So blatant and clever, his way of asking me if I was single. I beamed wide. “No boyfriend, no husband. And even if I had one—or both—they wouldn’t tell me where or when or to whom I could read.”
He grinned, tilted his head, and cocked his eyebrow. “Oh, really?”
“Yes, really.” I paused to watch him. His bottom lip was slightly fuller than his top, and the sides of his mouth curled up. Little half-circle lines hugged the corners, as if he’d smiled a lot in his life. I liked that. But I couldn’t decide if he looked adorable or arrogant when he smirked. The combination, though, made my heart race in a way it hadn’t in a long time. 
“I’m Caleb,” he said, extending his hand. “How rude of me.”
“Emma. Not rude at all.” 
He did that thing where he looked straight into my eyes while shaking my hand firmly, for a second longer than necessary. His hand was deliciously large and swallowed mine. I felt my face get hot, and I wished the fan overhead worked as fast as my heartbeat. We kept shaking.
“So what will you read to me this evening, Emma?”
The way he drew out the syllables in my name made me hyper-aware of how my nipples brushed against the lace fabric of my bra.
I laughed because I’d been waiting for his question. “Normally at Story Brothel, I read my steampunk romance stories. But I think tonight I’m going to try out something different. Something I recently wrote.” I lowered my voice to a dramatic tone. “It’s erotica.”
Our hands held each other in mid-air, sparks passing back and forth, my nipples shriveling to taut, tight points. He nodded slowly, and his smile faded to something more serious, something feral. A hungry, hard look.
“I chose well, then.”
“You have good taste,” I murmured, dropping his hand. “Oh—and will your wife or girlfriend mind if you pay a woman to read sex fiction to you?”
A low, suggestive laugh erupted from his chest. “No girlfriend, no wife. And if I had one, I wouldn’t be here, paying you to read sex fiction.”
He sounded sincere. He sounded single. But then again, I wasn’t the best judge of that, considering that the last intriguing businessman I’d fallen for—Eric, over a year ago—had a wife and kids in Fort Lauderdale and had neglected to reveal those details for the entire time we’d dated. Well, neglect was kind of a weak word. Concealed, hid, and lied were better descriptors.
“Oh, really?” I flirted.
Caleb paused for a beat. “No, if I had a girlfriend or wife, I’d make her read to me.”
A rush of liquid heat went straight into my core, and I rested my fingers on the back of a nearby bar chair to calm my rubbery legs.
“Oh, you’d make her, would you?”
I grinned stupidly at Caleb and thought about how incredible his big hands would feel on my naked body. How his lips would feel. How his tongue would torment me. My skin sparked just thinking about it. He slowly licked the corner of his mouth, as if he could read my mind.
Tamara Lush Bio:
During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them.
Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs.
TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida.
When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.

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