Conundrums and Contradictions

Audrey makes some excellent observations here so just had to share.

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I have been known to question writing “rules.” (See how those quote marks sneaked in?) Sometimes I wonder why… Am I a knee-jerk rebel, one who thinks any piece of written schlock is good as long as it was written sincerely? Do I really think writers who follow rules and comb through their works-in-progress for transgressions are “sheeple,” churning out lifeless overworked prose?

I hope not, but…

One thing I’ve realized: I react negatively to words and phrases I see trotted out repeatedly and without question. Phrases like “Show, don’t tell,” “Kill your darlings,” and “Never use [insert word(s) here].”

Such writing rules are triggers for me.

Now I’ve admitted all that, here are some thoughts that won’t go away…

Why is it OK for established writers to flout the rules? And don’t say it’s because they do it well. If prologues and backstory are bad, they’re bad, no matter…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series – #Psychological Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Paranormal Romance Staci Troilo

A delightful suprise, to be featured in Sally.s Smorgasbord blog. Thank you so much Sally. I had to re-blog it of course! I won’t buy A Year in the Life of Lwah Brand as I know that story well, but I am ingtrigued by Staci’s book and will go look it up. 🙂

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Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first book today is A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A Psychological Thrillerby Lucinda E. Clarke and can certainly recommend its gripping story line.

About the book

Leah’s nightmare began the day the dog died.

A few years earlier a fatal car crash took the lives of Leah’s beloved husband…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger

The real problems and challenges of being a woman in the modern world.

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I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

Today author Noelle Grangershares her experiences as a young professor at a time when equality and respect were not freely given within the academic environment.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger

I’m a bit older than most people in the blogosphere, having been born at the end of WWII and growing up in the 50s. Life then was family-oriented, patriarchal, and had no electronic distractions except for the arrival of a TV in the house…

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Writing is an illness?

You couldn’t make this up!

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So, science has just worked out that anyone who shows any kind of creativity is suffering from a mental disorder. Where do they get these notions from?Lala land?

In a recent article on the BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19959565  entitled “Creativity closely entwined with mental illness” it was pointed out that writers have a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, according to a team of researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute, led by Dr Simon Kyaga.

It went on to say that anyone who is in the least bit ‘creative’ is almost twice as likely to kill themselves; far more than the general population. According to the researchers, creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers being particularly susceptible.

Thanks a lot folks; that maybe explains why I am so driven to write. It’s a funny thing but I’ve never ever thought of writing…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Memoir Jaye Marie, #Poetry Joyce Murphy

A huge thank you to Sally for including me in her amazing blog. I a,m honoured and humbled.

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In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my reviews for their books.

The first prolific author Lucinda E. Clarke is also an award winning scriptwriter. I am sharing the review for the first book I read as it is the first in her psychological thriller series.   Meet Lucinda E. Clarke

Lucinda E Clarke was born in Dublin but has lived in 8 other countries to date. She wanted to write but was railroaded into teaching. She fell into other careers; radio announcer, riding school owner, sewing giant teddy bears. She began scriptwriting professionally in 1986 winning over 20 awards. She also wrote mayoral speeches, company reports, drama documentaries, educational programmes, adverts, news inserts, court presentations, videos for National Geographic, cookery programmes and street theatre to name but a few!

She…

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More Answers: Another WSW Video Chat

Another interesting chat organized by Audrey. Thank you so much, not only do we share information, we also learn too.

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Here is the second chat in response to questions we’ve received. Topics include inserting images into ebooks and print books, writing to the market, developing a niche, and more. Find it all HERE.

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International Day of Awesomeness: Celebrating Sally Cronin @sgc58

So well deserved. Sally is one of the very best, supportive, kind, and always encouraging. A true friend to other writers and her books are a great read.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

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Today is the International Day of Awesomeness! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate something so spectacular? I can think of plenty of things I consider awesome, and plenty of people. When you hang around in the blogosphere for any length of time, you get to know others.

One of the most generous and thoroughly supportive people I’ve “met” is Sally Cronin.

Author, Sally Cronin

My Story Empire colleagues and I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Sally. She is an amazing individual who gives of her time selflessly, constantly sharing promo pieces which showcase others.

Her blog, Smorgasboard Blog Magazine, is filled with author spotlights, book reviews, weekly roundups, profiles and more—all in support of her fellow authors and bloggers. I seriously don’t know how she does it, but I’m thankful to have been touched by her generous spirit.

For the Story Empire group, today…

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WSW Video Chat: We Have Answers!

A recent chat with interesting tit bits and some advice for writers.

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In January, I wrote a post on WSW asking writers for questions that we could answer in our video chats. We received seven questions in the comments to that post, and in this month’s chat we tackled three of them. In addition, Mark Paxson has added some further thoughts on the question about the rules of marketing, asked by Liz Gauffreau.

You can find the chat HERE

I found Lucinda Clarke’s thoughts about ads, email lists, and newsletters to be especially interesting. They start at about 29:40.

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