Our booth at the Thursday Farmer's Market on 240 Water Street in Henderson has been doing well. It's a great opportunity to sell a few books and interact with the community. The group will have a booth from now through Thanksgiving. You can come from 9am-4pm or for any portion in between. All members are welcome to come out and sell their books. Please contact Amanda Skenandore for more information and scheduling.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
UPCOMING MEETINGS: Our next meeting is the monthly Westside meeting tomorrow, October 24th. It will NOT be held at the Claim Jumper (as it says on the calendar), due to remodeling. It will be at Karlo Ohanian's house. The November meeting will also be at his house.
WRITING TIPS from president Jo Wilkins:
#1 Remember when writing dialogue -- dialogue is never conversation, it is the vehicle that moves your story from page to page and should deliver information to the reader. √
#2 – Avoid dialogue tags other than SAID. Announced, replied, etc., when used as the dialogue tag mark the writer as a novice to agents & publishers. To avoid repetition in repeating SAID use gestures to identify the speaker. (i.e. Karen slammed her fist on the table. “I don’t want to!”) This shows speaker & emotion without a dreaded "ly" word. √
#3 – Speaking of the dreaded “LY” words, they do have their place and can enhance your writing if used correctly. When you come across one in your prose, look at your verb. Did you find a strong, action verb? Or, did you use a weak/passive "to be" verb? If you write with action verbs and nouns that invoke a picture to the reader (flower vs rose), you don’t need the helper. √
Oh gosh, look, you know the drill:
Let your thoughts run wild, the pictures in your mind to flow freely, and write your story down. Spell check, look for repeated words, get rid of clichés, and make sure the grammar is correct. Have others read it and listen to their critique – good or bad – but make the changes only you feel are right.
Now here are some pointers before you continue:
These aren’t set in stone facts but we find these things out after we’ve made too many timely and costly mistakes. In the meantime? Get out there. Show ‘em what ya got! Good luck, and remember, don’t get discouraged. Learn and get out there like a pro. You can do it!