Tuesday, September 8, 2015

EPISODE 20 "I is for INTERVIEWS"

Authors Morgan St. James, Dennis N. Griffin and Eric James Miller have given and conducted many interviews on radio, TV and in print. 

There is a big difference between boring questions with flat answers and those that grab the listener's attention. If you have never given an interview, this show is for you. And, guess what? Even if you have, this show is still for you! 

How do you make your answers interesting? 

What about the way you speak or write? 

                                                                           How much is too little or too much? 

And, if you are the interviewer, how do you develop questions that aren't the run of the mill ones?
 
Beginning in October, Writers Tricks of the Trade will be adding interview segments, so this is the perfect time to present a show like this. Visit http://writerstricksofthetraderadio.blogspot.com for more information about upcoming interviews.

Monday, August 17, 2015

WRITERS TRICKS OF THE TRADE YOU TUBE CHANNEL

UPDATE


Several episodes of the Blog Talk Radio show have now been uploaded. 

Every show is filled with tons of helpful hints, some fun stories and more. So, tune in now and tune in often.

It's easy to pick the ones you want to listen to. It will be appreciated if you share the link on social media for your writer friends.

For starters, how about listening to the most recent one - REVIEWS, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.




More and more of the episodes will be uploaded until all 19 of the current ones are also on You Tube. 

Plus there will be more. In addition to our regular programming, we are kicking off an interview format in October, and the interviews will also be on this channel as well as other videos.


Here is the link to the channel: http://bit.ly/1Mqjnw7


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

EPISODE 19 - REVIEWS - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY


Reviews—the good, the bad and the ugly.  

August 12, 2015  6:00pm PDT/ 9:00 EDT

Authors need them, but sometimes the reviews are less than glowing. Whether deserved or not, those one and two star reviews are like a punch to the gut and we’ll be discussing a little about that as well easy techniques for giving good reviews yourself. Picture your worst nightmare has come true. The book you thought would be a smash hit got a bad review. Does that mean the world will come crashing down around you? Maybe yes, and maybe no.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

EPISODE 18 - DRAWING PICTURES WITH WORDS

Listen Live or to the Podcast at your convenience
HOLLOW WORDS vs VIBRANT IMAGES ~ DO YOU USE WORDS TO DRAW PICTURES FOR YOUR READERS?

Wednesday, July 22 4:00pm PDT/7:00EDT
Click the SHOW DIRECTORY page for the direct link to the show and all past shows.

Hosts Morgan St. James, author of 14 books, and Eric James Miller, author and President of Writers of Southern Nevada, discuss one of the key elements in writing fiction---the art of drawing pictures with words using artful, rhythmic prose.

"The trick is to also make it simple and direct. This technique of using words to trigger a mental image is a variation of show, don’t tell."
Language that is too sophisticated, complex or gimmicky, or long blocks of flat narrative sometimes called a laundry list, often trigger inattention instead of creating a visual experience.

Monday, July 6, 2015

EPISODE 17 - MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE


EPISODE 17
THE TRICK IS TO RECOGNIZE BLOOPERS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

Sometimes it’s what you AREN’T doing, rather than what you ARE doing. On this show we’ll discuss both. Pitfalls  could become prat- falls -- you know those dramatic, stumbling falls actors sometimes take in comedies, which is something we definitely don't want to do. We'll talk about mistakes in the craft - things like grammatical or punctuation errors, and mistakes in the business of writing. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

EPISODE 16 - FINDING YOUR IDEAL FIRST READER


WHO SHOULD YOU ASK 
 TO READ YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

Feedback from“first readers” is extremely helpful. They generally aren’t professional editors. Some may be published writers and it is good for the group of first readers to also include readers who are not writers.

 Like most things that involve someone’s opinion, however, there is a hitch. Morgan St. James, Dennis N. Griffin and Eric James Miller will delve into things that make an ideal first reader...and it isn't your Aunt Agatha who thinks everything you write is a masterpiece. What do you need to consider?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

EPISODE 15 - DON'T GET STUCK IN A WRITER'S RUT

BREAKOUT! HABIT CAN BE YOUR WORST ENEMY
Did you know that habit can be your worst enemy? It doesn’t matter if you write fiction, nonfiction or poetry—writers pretty much base everything upon their own imagination and experiences. Our imagination is triggered by things we’ve seen, learned or actually lived through. In the beginning, we have a basket full of ideas just waiting to be developed, but eventually we work our way through most of them. Then what? How to come up with fresh scenarios and characters? 

Are you a creature of habit?

Do you take the same route from place to place whenever you travel between certain destinations? Do you have favorite restaurants and limit yourself to what you know and love on their menu? Is there a style that defines you? Do you only read favorite authors?

Authors Morgan St. James, Dennis N. Griffin and Eric James Miller offer tips and techiniques to break out of your rut.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

EPISODE 14 - USING CHARACTERS PROFESSIONS IN UNUSUAL WAYS

HOW CAN A CHARACTER'S PROFESSION WORK FOR ME AS A WRITER?

Selecting professions for your characters, and deciding how they would act under a given set of circumstances, is one of the most important decisions a fiction writer can make. 


  • Will they respond in a way normally expected of someone trained to do what they do? 
  • Will they go “over-the-top” or perform in a scared or devious manner? 
Each reaction might become the basis for an entirely different story. However, once the theme choice is made, even if they act strangely, unexpectedly or inappropriately, the character still operates under the umbrella of their profession, whether it is positive or negative.  



Monday, May 18, 2015

EPISODE 13 - MARKETING YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK WITH GUEST JON D'AMORE

HOW DID JON D"AMORE PROPEL "THE   BOSS ALWAYS SITS IN THE BACK" INTO A BEST SELLER?



"Actually I’d known for more than two decades that I had the desire and ability to write...it’s just that New Jersey wasn’t the place to do it. So, I drove to L.A.—and stayed. As soon as I got there, I began to write. I didn’t stop until the manuscript and screenplay for “The Boss ALWAYS Sits in the Back” were finished. With manuscript and screenplay in hand, it was time to decided what to do next. Should I query agents, hope a publisher would snap it up, then maybe see it in publication within three to five years? Or, do what so many were doing at that time, and become my own publisher? That’s the route I chose." 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

EPISODE 12 - F is for FACTS

 HOW MANY FACTS DOES YOUR READER REALLY WANT TO KNOW?

In the old Dragnet show, Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, "The facts, ma'am, only the facts." But when a writer is creating a book or story part of their process is making sure to check facts,particularly when they are setting out a particular set of circumstances. If you get it wrong, some of your readers will know and possibly spread the word. 

The internet is a wonderful source of information, but if you can't find what you want, let your fingers do the walking. Once you've figured out who might have the information you need, pick up the phone and call. It might be a friend, or the public relations division of a police department, hospital, public entity or any number of possibilities. When Morgan St. James was writing "Betrayed," she needed to know what would happen in the late 1950s if an inmate in an Illinois prison was beaten to a point where they had to be on lifesupport. The information was not readily available on the internet, so she called the public relations department at the prison in Illinois and discovered her answer, The Public Relations officer researched her and called back with the information that the policy had changed over the years. What would have happened now, wasn't the caSe then. Back then the inmate would have been kept in the prison infirmary. So, St. James was able to portray the scene correctly for the era.

Okay,let's assume you've got the facts, details and any other pertinent information. How much does your reader REALLY want to know? Are you overwriting and boring them with details fans of your genre really are not interested in?Is the technical information much more than they care to read? Do they want the story to just keep moving?
In a lively discussion authors Morgan St. James, Dennis N. Griffin and Eric James Miller will share their knowledge and experience when it comes to, "Just the facts, ma'am."