Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss

This is a combination writing clinic about bringing emotion into your work and a snack for readers in the form of a book excerpt of my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling. This excerpt shows Kassidy and Russell’s first kiss. She struggles between her attraction and grief over the death of her soldier husband.

I just did an interview for a funeral home. Not a job interview. The kind a writer gives to an interested party.

Yeah, I don't know "why Ronda" either, but there it is.

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Anyway, the topic of grief naturally arose, and I mentioned how grief infiltrates life the way a teabag infuses its essence into water. Grief can be a powerful motivator for a wide variety of actions a character takes (or does not take).  For the reader, seeing how the protagonist or other character responds to grief can make for fascinating  reading. The more a book or short story brings out emotion in the reader, the better.

That means a writer needs to infuse each tale with any and all emotions that comprise life. An author who is a student of human  nature and a keen observer has a clear advantage in potraying these emotions on the page.

Here is a book excerpt from my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling, .showing how Kassidy's grief over the death of her husband makes it hard for her to consider being with another man, even though she knows full well Randy would want her to move on. Continue reading "Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss"

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16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes

16 Free Writing Competitions with Worthwhile Prizes is a guest post that shows you writing contests you can enter

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You’d love to enter writing competitions, but they’re so expensive. And what are the chances of winning? It doesn’t make good financial sense. You shake your head firmly, close the window on your screen, and sigh a little.

And then, I hope, you remember that not all writing competitions charge a fee, and you have some fun entering the free ones below.

You literally have nothing to lose – not even a few dollars – and there are some excellent prizes out there, just waiting to be yours.

I’ve done pretty well by entering these myself. Who doesn’t love accolades and money for their creative work?

1. Open internationally, this contest asking for a funny poem is a firm favourite in the writing comp world. It has twelve prizes ranging from $100 to $1000, and there’s no fee to pay. Entry is simple via a form on the site. Disclosure: I won this in 2015 and it’s just glorious. I got a shirt and a certificate as well as the money. Money is useful for grown-ups, but my inner child loves a fancy certificate. https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

2. Again open worldwide, this comp from ThinkGeek is for techie haiku. Surely if it’s funny, as most entries are, then it’s a senryu? Either way, you could win a $50 ThinkGeek voucher. If a friend or relative does your tech support, as in my case, then giving them the voucher would be a great way to say thank you. Or, you know, you could actually pay them, though that seems a bit extreme. After all, they’re IT people and we’re writers. They have all the money already. http://www.thinkgeek.com/haiku/#details

3. Another international competition, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has a delectable £30,000 prize and is a must-enter in your comp list. This year’s has already been won – congratulations to the winners! – but the next should be open early in 2016. Get writing short fiction now! How often do we writers see a prize that big, without having to pay a hefty entry fee? http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/5/

4. The prizes for the regular themed fiction comps at On the Premises are small, but they host several comps and mini-contests per year, so it’s worth having a go. The themes make great prompts, too. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up to their newsletter. I never win these but I find the prompts useful, and I usually place my work elsewhere eventually. http://onthepremises.com/index.html

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9 Woes of the Writing Life

What is the down side to the #writinglife These are 9 woes of the writer.

The writing life is wonderful - and woeful!

9 Woes of the WritingLife - infographic credit to Leslie Lanfields

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Enter the Hither and Thither Fantasy Writing Contest!

Looking for a place to submit your fantasy tales for possible prizes? This article shares details about the Hither and Thither Fantasy #WritingContest

Do you write fantasy stories? Here's a chance to win prizes for our work!

Hither and THither Fantasy Writing Contest Details

Contest Description

Help us escape reality with your most fantastic fantasy stories yet! Submit accounts of beasts, pixie dust, and witches, or enchant us with spells and poisons. We want to read tales that are so lifelike they make us forget we aren't surrounded by kingdoms and dragons.

Submit your best original fantasy fiction stories of any length. And, as always, there is no entry fee. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

  • Authors will retain all rights to work submitted to the contest.

 

  • Submissions close on August 10th, but voting will continue for an additional week
  • Multiple entries are allowed, but each individual participant may win only one prize.
  • Physical prizes can only be shipped to the United States, Canada, countries in the EU, and Australia/New Zealand. Cash prizes can only be transferred to PayPal supported countries.
  • There is no age requirement for participation but all stories must be rated appropriately by their authors.
  • Inkitt staff are not eligible to receive prizes, or be chosen as winners.
  • Before submitting a story be sure to check our guidelines page to ensure that you comply with all of our publication rules.

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11:59pm PST on August 17th

Prizes for Winners

1st Place

$25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).

2nd Place

$20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

3rd Place

Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

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All top 10% contestants receive a badge to their profile!

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Writing Skills Book Review of Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill

This is a writing skills #BookReview of an excellent author resource called Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill. If you want to create complete characters who feel real, read this review now.

Having taken Jan Morrill's live workshop on creative characterization, I was thrilled when I saw the announcement that she had made a print (and Kindle) workbook to accompany it.

Creative Characterization by Jan Morrill

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 In Creative Characterization, award-winning author Jan Morrill discusses six different methods she uses to develop characters such as those in her historical fiction, The Red Kimono:

• Interviewing
• Describing Photos and Paintings
• Writing Letters
• Writing in a Different Point of View
• Accessing Character’s Inner Child
• Internalization

The exercises in this workbook will help develop characters, and may even lead to a bit of self-discovery along the way!

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7 Simple Writing Hacks to Improve Your Skills

These tips help you improve your writing skills. And hey, I am a veteran writer and I’m always looking for ways to be better, so I hope you are too! #WritingSkills #WritingTips

I came across this excellent, to-the-point article by Michael Hyatt in which he shared some simple ways to improve your writing skills. As a veteran writer, I can tell you that he is right. 

7 Simple Writing Tips

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Writing Skills: What Flaws Does Your Character Have?

Whether you’re writing a short story or a novel, have you considered your characters’ imperfections? Here are some common flaws they might have #WritingSkills

I once read a series called The Celtiad. It was good in many ways, but the hero was a superlative bard, an expert shot, and more. While everyone has great skills, flaws are essential for interesting characters.

Is your character overly sensitive? Easily offended? Protecting a secret? Here are some possible character flaws yours might possess. Be sure to remember this when writing to keep each scene realistic within its context.

Common Character Flaws

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44 Ways to Reach Your Audience: Content Formats for Authors

There are so many ways you can create great material for your ideal cusgtomer. Not just regular ol’ blog posts, but video logs, giveaways and more. Check them out in this post #ContentMarketing

As an author, sure you're going to write, but why not shake things up from the usual string of paragraphs? Here are 44 ways you can share "content" - share the good stuf your readers crave.

Some examples of content formats are:

  • Vlog - video blog
  • lists
  • "Day in the Life" posts
  • Giveaways
  • Reviews

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How Can Fiction Writing Techniques Amp Up Your Nonfiction? Video Tutorial

If your nonfiction is dry as a cracker, you might want to blend these fiction writing techniques into your book! #WritingSkills

PoIf you're only or primarily a nonfiction writer, you may not have thought about blending good fiction writing skills into the mix.

Just like a good novel, your nonfiction, how-to or self help book will capture your reader's attention much better when you see the world through the eyes of a storyteller.

Watch this video tutorial to see how.

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Writing Tips: Writing British Characters? Use These Britishisms

These British expressions can be fun to toss around at a party (carefully for some of them!), and they’re a good start for writers creating a British character.

If you're British, you might be offended if someone says , "Please hand me my fanny pack." That particular "f word" means  something less tasteful on that side of the "pond."

I've read books by American authors that include a British character Few make the dialogue sound real. There's a different cadence, and the idioms  are nowhere near th same.

If someone calls you a tosser, they're saying you're an idiot.

A dodgy person is suspicious.

Here's an infographic that might help you!

British Expressions

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What Does Your Character Fear?

What does your character fear? It's an important question, because fear is perhaps the biggest motivator of action.

Here are some ideas for what fears might motivate your point of view characters and minor ones too.

Fears your characters may have

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Book Excerpt of Depraved by Woody P. Snow

This is a book excerpt from the psychological thriller Depraved by Woody P. Snow

It's fun to try a book before you buy. Here's a sample of the chilling book I reviewed earlier this week, Depraved.

Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

Excerpt: of Depraved

"Would you like to talk about it?"
"Talk about it?" Finley flared. "Talk about it?"
Holy crap, something awful had just happened, something horrible. He couldn't remember what. A car accident maybe? No. No, it was something about his wife. Weren't they just talking about his wife? He had just said something about her to this guy, but what was it? Why was everything so jumbled? His head felt like it was splitting. And who was this guy anyway? Whatever. Whatever. Here he was. He was here now, in this place, this . . . where was he again? The lights in the room started to flicker. Wherever it was, they seemed to be having electrical issues.
"Stay with me," the old man said.
Finley stared.
"Are you a movie star?"
"Do I look like a movie star?"
Finley smacked his forehead.
"What is this, hell for boring people? Is that where I am?"
"Stop it," the man commanded. "Don't get all stormy on me." He steepled his fingertips together. "Please," he coaxed. "Easy. Easy."
Finley was anything but easy. He was outraged.
"So I'm boring; so shoot me." The abundance of impulses now discharging from the nerve cells in his brain generated a power surge. The circuit breaker was tripped, and those flickering lights went out.
James Earl Jones shook his head, started another game of solitaire, and waited.
There was no time clock in this arena, no measurement of time to speak of at all, so the question of how long Finley's brain remained offline was moot. Eventually, his head jerked.
"Oh, crap. Whoa. What is going on with me?"
The elderly black man watched as Finley struggled to refamiliarize himself with his surroundings.
Below him somewhere he heard air-filled balls bouncing on hardwood and saw ghostly people-shaped forms doing . . . something. Shooting hoops, that was it. His dad used to ask him to go out into the drive and shoot hoops before dinner. I'm in a basketball gym. He started to look around.
"Don't be looking 'round now," a voice from behind said. "You've got to watch something here."
Finley could not help but turn to see who had spoken.
The man smiled.
"You look like you're surprised to see me."
What a strange way to start a conversation.
"Why wouldn't I be?" he asked.
"We've been talking for twenty minutes."
Finley struggled for context, but had to settle for déjà vu.
"Twenty minutes? You and I?"
"Maybe twenty hours," the man said.
Déjà vu, big time.
"You need to watch something here," the man said.
Finley wondered now if he had stumbled into some insane person's LSD trip or maybe onto the set of a bad Hollywood movie. Yes! A movie! That would explain the guy sitting just above him. Morgan Freeman? No, that wasn't right. Well, hey, this might be fun.
No, it wouldn't be. For one thing, his head ached like a train wreck, and, for another, he had no script. Had he lost it? He didn't know his lines. He didn't know his part. He was probably just an extra, but where was the director? None of this made sense, any sense at all, and, yet, somehow it all seemed familiar.
At the far end of the room, a blinding light poured through a door and a voice called out names: "Brinley, Brywell, Deffenderfer, Lewis, Reed, Taylor, and Vanaman."
Finley watched seven figures drop their basketballs, hustle into the luminescent tube, and start for the door.
"Head for the light, right?"
"Only if you're called," the man admonished. "That's what I've been trying to explain to you."
Finley stood up. "I'm going."
"No, you're not," the old man said. "Sit back down."
He didn't care if his name had been called or not. Finley wanted out. He hopped down the bleachers and headed for the river of light.
The man rose with alarm.
"Don't be a fool!"
That nagging voice that Finley had argued with all his life, the one in a back room somewhere in his brain, shouted, "You should have listened to that guy. You know who that was?"
The eighth and uninvited soul, Finley A. Bliss, trudged up the light-stream, followed the others through the door, and then tripped into oblivion. Total darkness. No light, no people. No floor. Just suddenly falling through emptiness like a grain of sand somewhere in space beyond the Milky Way.
Finley Alan Bliss ceased to exist. Almost.

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How to Tell a Great Story: The 3 Cs of Storytelling

Even nonfiction authors need to be storytellers! Develop your storytelling skills by learning the 3 Cs of #Storytelling in this video tutorial

Nonfiction writers need good storytelling skills and techniques as much as do fiction writers. Watch this video tutorial with the 3 Cs of Storytelling

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Writing Skills: How Can You Boost Creativity?

Got scribal constipation? These activities might give you the boost of creativity you need to get your juices flowing.

Everyone gets a moment or two of scribal constipation from time to time. You know, those times when you know something's wrong with a scene but can't figure out what it is or how to fix it...or times when you want to make a scene more interesting but aren't sure how.

At times like those, you may want ideas to boost creativity. Often that means getting away from the desk! Here are some ideas for you:

21 Ways to Boost Creativity

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Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

This is a #BookReview of Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen, an excellent resource for anyone wanting to write #cozymystery books

Some writer friends and I had a rousing discussion about whether our work in progress books were cozy mysteries or not.

A cozy mystery has a dead body or two, but not a lot of gore. The reader can cozy up with a good book by the fire, under a blanket, and have a good story without being terrified or having a lesson in forensics. An amateur sleuth gets involved trying to solve the riddle of "whodunit."

I go into more detail about it in this article.

Hannah Swensen (Murder She Baked) series and the Cat Who series are examples of cozies. I like them, because I'm not a big fan of true crime.

So I was thrilled to find this book,

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.

Writing the Cozy Mystery, front cover

I've read cozies of all sorts, from paranormal to historical, shopaholic to inept bounty hunter, and I may end up writing a series of my own.

This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. I'd rather have 49 pages that get right to the point than wade through 250 looking for useful hints. Have a look at the table of contents: Continue reading "Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen"

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Nonfiction Writing and Storytelling Skills: How Much of My Story Do I Tell? Video Tutorial

One of the most common questions I get from nonfiction authors about storytelling is how much of your own story to tell. Get that question answered in this video tutorial.

If you've ever struggled with how much of a personal story to include in an article or nonfiction book chapter, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest issues about which people ask me with regard to storytelling.

Watch this video tutorial to gain insight into how much of your story to tell and how to focus on relevance and emotion in order to connect with your reader.

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Story Power Hero's ourney Storyelling training streaming video

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How Do You Make Readers Care about Your Characters?

If your reader doesn’t care about your characters, s/he won’t love your book! Here’s how you can build an emotional connection by focusing on the biggest emotion… #WritingSkills

Have you ever read a book or story  and put it down because you simply didn't care what happens next to the main characters? That is a HUGE flaw in writing! You don't want to do that, and neither do I.

This article by Natasha Lester is great, because she shares the 4 emotional elements she considers when writing a scene.

I believe that fear is at the heart of all good drama: what we are afraid of doing, or of not doing, what we are afraid of feeling, what we are afraid of learning, what we are afraid of losing, what we are afraid of loving.

-- Natasha Lester

I happen to love this useful emotions quadrant Lester uses when writing each scene. I'm going to whip I out and give it a try myself. Thanks, Ms. Lester! Read original article source here.

Creating Emotion in a Story

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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Cat Helps Me Give an AudioAcrobat Testimonial

One of my favorite cool tools for authors is AudioAcrobat. FInd out why and get your 30 day FRE trial right here.

One of my favorite cool tools for authors is AudioAcrobat. It's a fabulous service to record and store audios, videos, and even podcasts. I've been a happy customer for years, and I love this service. I use it to make a backup recording of my webinars and workshops, no matter what web conferencing service I am using at the time. So here's my cat Trippy helping me give a testimonial.

I even used AudioAcrobat to record that video. Start your free 30 day trial right now, and be sure to join in the many free classes they offer to help you make the most of AudioAcrobat. Please share this review all over the social web! Follow your B.L.I.S.S. Ronda Del Boccio #1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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Habits of Great Writers

Need a kick in the motivation? Perhaps these working habits of well known writers will help you keep those fingers flying! #WritingSkills #habits

What's the key to being a great writer? I suppose there are lots...and I'm certainly not a great writer...but perhaps these superstar authors will inspire you to pick a habit to try out for yourself. Continue reading "Habits of Great Writers"

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Book Review of Memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princes bride by Cary Elwes

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #memoir called As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

This week I depart from fiction book reviews to cover a memoir. Perhaps this is a bit selfish on my part, as I am starting to write a memoir of my own, but I haven't yet reviewed a memoir, so why not, right?

Memoir VS Autobiography

Perhaps you, like many people, have some confusion about the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. They're really not synonyms.

An autobiography covers the span of a person's life. I tell my mentoring students that unless you're a gigantic name like Oprah or Donald Trump, or unless you've had a life that is off-the-bell-curve remarkable, people probably don't want to read your entire life story.

A memoir, on the other hand, doesn't require you to be a superstar in order for people to want to read it, because it's a slice of your life, covering a particular theme or experience.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshKeep in mind that book genres can be as much a blend of diverse elements as the population of the USA. Many books combine several genres. My first boo, I'll Push You Steer, with which Bonnie K. Tesh and I co-authored, is a compilation of short pieces by each of us about living with our "disabilities" in a positive way. This book can be considered a memoir. We didn't cover our lives birth to present.

so now on to the review of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, AKA Wesley in the movie The Princess Bride.

As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride is the little movie that could. Now an iconic movie and a cult classic, at the time it was a huge gamble.

Iocaine powder, "Mostly dead," the Dread Pirate Roberts, "I am not left handed," "As you wish," "Inconceivable," and so many more classic quotable lines and memorable characters are part of our culture now.

I feel so incredibly OLD when I realize how long ago this movie came out, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it.

Those of us who love the movie can practically speak the lines with the actors, but at the time, it could have been a flop.

What makes As You Wish a Memorable Memoir Continue reading "Book Review of Memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princes bride by Cary Elwes"

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Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

If you’re a fiction writer who struggles with deep point of view, this book could be immensely helpful. Check out my review and decide if it’s right for you. #DeepPOV #PointOfView #WritingSkills

Point of view is perhaps the most difficult skill to develop. SOme writers have more trouble with it than others, but whether trying for deep POV or not-so-deep, it tends to vex every writer to some degree. So if you find it a challenge, you're in good company!

I came across this book and decided to read it so I could see if it's a worthy resource for you.

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by jill Elizabeth Nelson

Deep point of view is so fully in a characters mind that the reader doesn't just read your book; she lives the story. Go deep enough and your rreader will feel the joys and sorrows so completely that those people on the pages come to life.

Yet there are so many ways, subtle and not so subtle, that an author can ruin the mood and come out of the character's perceptions so much it annoys the reader.

How is this book organized? Have a look at the table of contents. Continue reading "Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson"

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Does Your Character Have a Hobby?

Most people have hobbies or favorite passtimes. Be sure to give them to your characters too. Here are some ideas.

Does your character collect bugs? Is she a sommelier? Is he a witty knitter?

In my upcoming book They All Died Smiling, Kassidy loves to bake.

Here are some possible hobbies for you to give your protagonist or other characters.

Hobbies for Characters

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 Amazon best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Book Review of Contemporary Medical Adventure Novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a contemporary medical adventure novel called State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it's a contemporary medical adventure novel called State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I read this book about a year ago, and it still sticks with me. That's why I decided to do a review of it here.

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Thankfully, the book is much more interesting than the cover. Here is the description from Amazon:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New YorkTimes Book Review

Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

Did this memorable book earn a 5 star review from me? Continue reading "Book Review of Contemporary Medical Adventure Novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett"

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Video Tutorial: Making Friends with Google Drive 2015

This is a video tutorial that shows you why you will love Google Drive. You get the basics of when you might want to use it and where to get specific help with things like file editing and sharing. #GoogleDrive #VideoTutorial

Have you tried Google Drive? It's a fabulous suite of tools, and it can save a whole lot of trouble with file formats.

Dealing with some technophobes recently, I decided to make a video tutorial to help them make friends with Google Drive. As an author, it can help you in so many ways, so here is that tutorial.

Why Use Google Drive?

Google Drive is a cloud platform that lets you work with all sorts of documents. It includes:

  • Word processor
  • Spreadsheets
  • Forms
  • Presentations

And you don't need MS Office or similar suites to use it. And no more issues of not having this or that program to open a document.

And its free

My Google Drive Product Review

I love it because I can access files in Drive from any device, and I can choose to share them, or not, with anyone or only with specific people.

It's a fabulous tool for collaboration. I'm on a committee, and I put all our PDFs, docs, spreadsheets and forms in Drive so we can have easy access. No more emailing files back and forth and working on an outdated version!r

Google Drive Video Tutorial

Watch the video now, and be sure to give it a thumbs up and add it to your Watch Later Playlist

Want help with things like file editing, sharing, and creating forms?

Get more Google Drive tutorials

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Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg

Lisa Litberg is a teacher, musician and author who loves to dance. She seeks to inspire her students through writing, and she introduces her new coming-of-age novel Free. Discover what makes her tick in this #AuthorInterview

I'm excited to bring you an interview with a teacher who inspires her students through words and stories. Lisa Litberg is a woman of many, many talents! Discover the woman  behind the work in this author interview.  This is one stop on Lisa's virtual tour, so visit her site to see the other stops on her  blog tour.

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Why do you write?

I have written for as long as I remember.  I don't think of it as a choice.  The words are there and seek release, so I release them.

What was the first thing you ever wrote, and when did you write it? 

The first thing I remember writing was a poem when I was four or five.  I still have it memorized.  "The sun the sun, oh my oh my, it makes flowers grow as high as the sky.  The rain the rain, oh my oh my, it helps the sun as it goes by."

What was your first sale of your writing, and what was it (article, story, poem, etc.)?

Aside from the articles I wrote for my college newspaper, which paid ten dollars for front page and five for everything else, my novel is my first paid gig!

What author do you most admire and why? 

I have several, for different reasons.

  • Harper Lee, for writing such an amazing piece of literature that had social impact.
  • S.E. Hinton, for creating characters far different than anyone would expect from her.
  • Stephen King, for his characterization and for being so prolific.  I could go on and on.

So many people write stories that languish in a drawer or on a computer. What caused you to seek a publisher?  Continue reading "Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg"

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