Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!  Read all about it!

 

  • Where is the magic?
  • Do you still feel it?
  • Did you ever feel it?

Not unlike many of you, I find that Christmas music is depressing.

I was thinking about some Christmas songs where the lyrics are “Where are you Christmas…?”

It is not Christmas per se, that she is looking for but, the innocence of the holiday. Do you remember?

I know that everyone has their own memories of the holiday; some of them are memories that many would kill for, and some of those memories are ones that people rather forget.  I have a mixed bag of memories like that.

There are memories I would just as soon as not have, and then there are a few that I would not want to lose.

There is an old Merle Haggard song that resonates with me as an adult.  ‘If we can make it through December.’

In the song, the writer laments that his little girl won’t understand why there are no Christmas gifts.  Then there is Dolly with her ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ or perhaps her ‘coat of many colors.’

The physical year-end all too often matches up with the fiscal year-end for many companies hence the end of the year layoff.  I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard of companies letting their employees go on furlough, or just laid them off this time of year.

When I was a kid, it seemed that Unions would strike this time of year, so Christmas was not only bleak but we learned to eat cheaply.   The furnace was cut back to conserve energy, so sleeping in more than pajamas was a memory I could easily forget.

Companies have no loyalty to the employee, although they might offer the impression that they do. When production slumps, there is little need for employees and that seems to happen around the end of the year.

One could preach all year long about having a rainy day fund, but the argument as to who can afford that is germane as well. Is this you?

Are you gainfully employed with a savings account, or are you barely making it paycheck to paycheck?

Speaking as someone who has been there, having anything in savings is a comfort. Knowing you can last until the demands for business return, is a comfort.  While some company’s business model is, for their employees to survive off funds from unemployment, or food stamps, during this time of low business, some only hire contract workers.

Moral of this story.  Have money put aside for Christmas.  That means all during the year set aside money in savings that does not get touched.  It is for a rainy day.

When you work for someone, you have very little control over your destiny.  Everyone would be smart to have a side hustle.  I hesitate to use that word but that is what it is.  From stores on Etsy to selling things on eBay to yes, writing books and selling them on Amazon, a side hustle can give you that little bit of comfort.  Even though the company you have slaved for is letting you fend for yourself at the moment, the world of readers appreciates what you are writing!

I knew a lady who was a photographer and sold calendars with her pictures as the main picture for each month.  I know another lady who makes purses and sells them on Etsy.  There is nothing wrong with a little side hustle.  Many have garage sales all too often, but they do it.

Christmas is not about gifts.  Yes, there is magic but I think it manifest when we find ourselves doing for others who need that little extra something, as life has kicked them around.    I don’t want to reward those who depend on that generosity.  I want to bless those who would not ask and would instead do without, then be a burden.  I love to assist those who are trying.

To me, that seems what the spirit of ‘Santa’ is all about.

I hope this Christmas finds you well, and your lives filled with love and prosperity.

Much Love -TW

 

 

Greetings Fellow Earthlings!

Are your books selling well?

 

I hope that this blog finds you all well.  If not, let me know, and I will put you in my prayers, or if you are against such things, I will send you good thoughts.

What is wrong with that sentence?

I genuinely do mean that I will pray for you but, I am appealing to the politically correct or those who don’t believe in a higher power.

You might have noticed that usually, I sign with ‘much love.’

If you are reading this blog or you have purchased one of my many novels, or perhaps you follow me on Twitter, we share a bond.

I can love you without being ‘in love’ with you if that makes sense.

Writers share a bond, and I feel like most of my followers are writers.

Currently, I am going through the process of looking at each of my novels ‘all 30 something of them’ and trying to figure out why some sell very well, and some don’t.   I have asked close friends to read those that are not selling well, and give me feedback.

To improve my craft, I have spent much time and money on programs, classes and yes seminars to see what I can learn that I don’t already know.

If you are a successful author, please comment below and send me a link to your books.

If nothing else, you will sell a book or two.

Do you realize how much of what we write must be perfect to sell?  Not only is the story critical, but the characters must be real.  Once you get a cohesive story with characters that people can relate to and ‘feel’, you have to create the perfect cover.

The brand that you assemble and sell to the world must be one that people will recognize and gravitate toward, before they even read the title.

If your pen name or brand brings people to your books, you are successful.  The cover art must be perfect.  As an artist, I have muddled my way through one cover after another.  I don’t have the luxury of hiring a focus group or think tank to assist in that process.  You probably don’t either.

There is a real benefit to fishing for an agent, a good one. They know the people and companies to contact for the perfect cover, and for the precise editing of said book.

In one of the groups I am associated with, I uploaded a complete novel for them to read, free of charge.  Just give me some feedback.

The novel has enjoyed medium success, but for the subject matter and the type of story, it should be much better.

Here is the truth of the matter, not one person has downloaded it and read it.

If I cannot give a novel away to other writers, how can I expect to sell it?

I challenged them with that question at the last meeting. ‘They don’t have time,’ was the answer.

Allow me to pontificate on what it takes to be a successful writer.

  • Read much and often.
  • Go out of your office and live your life.
  • Pay attention to everything and anyone.
  • Make notes of things and or people that might make fodder for a story.
  • Don’t steer away from controversial issues.

What I was hoping for is for them to read it, and offer some feedback.

From character development to the story itself, what did you like or not like, and why?

‘Why’ is the operative word.

Without ‘why,’ what they tell you is worthless.

One of my beta readers told me just tonight that there were a few ‘eww’ moments.

Ok, great, what are they, and why?

Feedback is critical to the process, and let me tell you, it is like pulling hen’s teeth.

Was that idiom lost on you?

As the weeks and months progress, I will be creating more blogs with helpful thoughts, notes and what have you, regarding writing.

If you have not followed me yet, why not?  Am I asking for money for these pearls of wisdom?  No.

Am I seeking free anything from anyone?  No

Am I trying to pay it forward and assist other writers…?  Yes!

With Christmas around the corner, we have time to write before the year ends, don’t waste it.

Much Love…-TW

 

Under Roswell on Sale!

“Can you imagine?”

“Sure, what am I imagining TW?”

Imagine that you find this guy really hot.  This guy is so cool that he has no clue he is cool.  You watch him work on things, and you admire the way he thinks.  He is kind to you but does not come on to you in any way.

Imagine you work with this guy for months on end, and you don’t think he is noticing you but, he has no ring and never talks about anyone in his life.

Ok, he is single, why?  The guy is built, smart and dedicated to his work.  You see him working on a pet project that his company allows him to do, and you ask him, ‘what is that for?’

The guy turns to look at you as if for the first time.  His eyes relax, and he smiles as he begins to talk with you about his hobby of technical rock climbing.

‘That explains why he is built the way he is but ‘rock climbing?’’

You can tell from his relaxed way of talking about it that if you want to get into his life, you need to try and understand what makes him tick.

You make a note to research rock climbing so you can engage him with more than a passing interest.  That night you talk to your friend, who was your roommate in college.  She tells you that there is a place not far from her that teaches rock climbing.

Now imagine you are kind of afraid of heights and yet pull it together and learn how to not only master your fears but, you can get to where you are not scared of dying.

With these new-found skills and understanding of the hobby, you began to engage Elliot, Omicron’s ‘fair-haired boy’ regarding a project he is working on.  He tells you that it is a device that destabilizes the atomic bonds of the rocks in a narrowly focused beam, making it super easy to place a hold.

Your job, however, is to report back to the owners of Omicron what he is working on.  They, of course, see this ‘toy’ as a weapon of immeasurable value.  Copying his notes and designs they are sent off to a facility deep within area 51.  Elliot is very much against building weapons, and that is why they hired Susan.

Back in 1947, this alien craft supposedly crashed in Roswell.  What they didn’t know it was not one but three.  Two scout ships crashed just, and one, a much larger intergalactic spacecraft returned into the time-space continuum of the earth, forcing millions of metric tons of rocks to eject from the ground, looking like some kind of geological anomaly.    The place is, of course, the ranch where Elliot’s parents were both living when the crash occurred.  It is also where they mysteriously, disappeared.

Onboard this craft under the rocks is a sentient computer, much like HAL in Space odyssey.  Unlike Hal, this computer can tune into the human brainwaves from quite a distance.  That computer takes an unhealthy interest in human sexuality and develops a few quirks along the way.  (All characters must have a flaw, right?)

Susan convinced Elliot to let her accompany him on his vacation.  She is giddy as she thanked her one day and called her ‘honey.’  ‘He does notice me,’ she thought.

While Susan is in hopes to snag the heart of Elliot, Elliot is in hopes of finding the mystery of where his parents disappeared to, hence the entire interests in rock climbing.  Whey they disappeared, that was not one shred of anything left of them.  Footsteps that just ended or a mysterious note left in the sand.

On this trip to the back of his ranch, while rock climbing, Elliot would dislodge some rocks that fall into a crevasse, and when they land, they make a mysterious ‘clunk.’

Ok, this is you.  Whether you are Elliot or Susan, what happens next is an adventure into another world.  What will you find, and what will you do?

The military has a listening post not too far away, and that all plays into this adventure, which starts out ‘Under Roswell.’

 

This novel is on Sale both on Smashwords and Amazon.   Down from $9.99 to $5.99 for the e-version.

This novel is 681 pages.  The print version is what it is because of the printing cost.  Many of you prefer that, and I thank you.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/670705

 

 

Just how large is the hook that caught that whale?

Hello fellow bloggers, authors, and friends by association!

So here we are climbing up the precipice of the week heading for another Wednesday.  Why do I have this image of a camel every time I think of Wednesday?

In my last blog, I wrote a five-minute hook to a novel that has yet to be created.

Guess what, I have since re-written the hook and am working on the first chapters.

Usually, most of my novels involve adult situations.  I am going to do my absolute best to create a YA novel involving magick, witches and coming of age scenarios.  One of my friends challenged me.

I want magick to be the central theme of the novel.

If you hang around other writers, it is fascinating how opinionated we are.  OMFG!

Do you know I got into a debate with some folks over how important the hook is?  Did you realize that some debate whether to have a prologue or not?

If you are a church-going person, does baptism mean dunk or sprinkle?  What difference does it make?  It is a symbolic act of submission to God and giving up your old way of life. Ha!

Leopards don’t change their spots, and you are never going to give up your sinful nature on this earth.  The act of baptism hopefully has you think about the sin, and possibly thinking first might dissuade you, or even have you feel contrite after the fact.

If you write chapter one or Prologue as long as there is a compelling reason for the reader to turn the damned page, it makes no difference what you call it.

Sprinkle or dunk?

Dunk!  Why?  When you want to drive a point home, you exaggerate the event.  I have witnessed people crying after baptism as they were sure that they heard God or something like that.  GREAT!

The pomp and circumstance of the Catholic church is what??? Exaggerating the event so it will stick.

I hear my characters calling me right now to stop blogging and write!

The prologue is that little exaggeration.  If you notice, the tease on the news is always exaggerated to either get you to turn to page 3A or…watch the My Pillow person with the large cross hanging around his neck.  Exaggeration is key.

When Christ was crucified, it was not enough to beat the crap out of him! By the way, there was so much blood loss; he would have died right there.

No, they had to have the ‘dead man walking,’ carrying his own Ginormous cross that had to weigh 200 pounds if not more, and, for added measures just so you might remember it, they placed the thorn of crowns on his head.  Wait there is more imagery for you.  They drove huge spikes through his hands and feet, and of course, as he perishes, they puncture him with a spear. Thunder roars and the curtain tears.  Got it!

Before the man dies, the executioners are selling his clothes to the highest bidder.  Such nice people we are. All of this imagery is to make you realize how blessed you are that he died in this horrible manner for the sins that you create even now.

The event is so horrific, so exaggerated that I personally can’t stand Easter.    Once a year, we sit in the pews and are convicted.  If you are a churchgoer you might be convicted at least once a week. That is, of course, the point.   So if you go to a Calvinist church you are reminded what a piece of crap you are every Sunday!   Who in the world wants to hear that?  If you suffer from depression, stay away from Calvinism, the man was an antisemite nut job as was Martin Luther.  Not saying they were totally wrong but realize, they were not mentally right.

If that offends you…Sorry.  I deal in truth, look it up.

Some tyrants use exaggeration to make a point. All throughout history, there have been horrible people in power who need to face the wrath of hell. ‘Wait another exaggeration!”

The lake of fire, or Dante’s Inferno, which is it? Inquiring minds want to know.

I personally think North Korea might be hell.  To make his point, this person has his enemy’s or criminals staked out and slowly crushed with a steamroller!  Do you think that might make the point?

We are no angels.

Hollywood has offered us many nightmares from Hannibal to chain saw massacre.  Not only do we have Hollywood bringing us violence daily, but, we have video games that are little more than simulators for learning how to kill efficiently.  I often wonder if they can cause PTSD.

No, it is the gun, or the knife, or the baseball bat, or truck, or chainsaw, or the poison, it has nothing to do with mental illness and or the person was pissed.

The early church was just as evil, making a point out of heresy by killing those who ‘sinned’ in most inhumane ways.

I could go on, but the point is an exaggeration.  “Did I exaggerate the point enough?”

For instance, if we wanted to do away with mass incarceration, bring back public hanging!

“Yes, public!  No, the guillotine is far too humane, and messy.  Let the masses watch them kick, as they choke and slowly perish.”

I often wonder if the victims of those murderers feel vindicated by listening to the criminal make noises and kick as the Wizard behind the wall pushes drugs through tubes that will put the murderer to sleep, before they administer the paralytic that stops his or her breathing, and then the heart. Do you suppose they make them wear a diaper as a last act of humiliation, so when they shit their shorts the guards don’t have to clean it up?

If you want folks to think twice about rape, incest, murder, breaking and entering, send the defective morons back to their makers, and do it in the public square.

The story of where Dracula came from might give most nightmares.  Look up Vlad the Impaler if this blog wasn’t enough to inspire some form of exaggeration against evil.

Now…back to the hook… Exaggerate some event with lots of imagery and call it what you will.  I happen to like prologues as I can move you into the story, introduce you to the main characters, and then I can sneak in the back-story in bite-size pieces.

Sprinkle or Dunk…?

Do you realize that some churches break up over this very question?  I think they are missing the larger picture.

I was thinking about Contact.  I love the writers of that show, I never met them, but I truly admire them.

When she travels through some ‘thing,’ the image of her father says something that has stuck with me all these years.

I am paraphrasing… “You have such great potential.  Your kind has such beautiful thoughts and dreams, and yet so many nightmares live in your most profound memories.”

When I witness what is going on in the world today, I am sad for humanity.  I cry for those in countries where the rule of law belongs to the elite.  I am saddened by those in this country who are so brainwashed they have no idea just how bad socialism is, and what it would do to us if they were successful in bringing that form of government to fruition once again.

Millions upon millions have died at the hands of socialists.  Those that did would probably opt for hanging, vs. starving to death.

No, I did not watch the debate; I have no desire to put that nonsense in my head.

I have to go think about magick, witches, and warlocks.

If witches melt when they get water poured on them, how do they drink?

Much Love -TW

TW do you have a thing for Lesbians?

I have a thing for People!

That was the basic gist of an e-mail from one of my readers.

I have a thing for people.  I am what is known as a ‘humanist.’  I value critical thinking skills over your ability to catch a baseball or perhaps kick the winning goal in soccer. Those are all important, but I endeavor to engage the higher self in my novels.

If you read my novels, even the naughtiest of them will have that philosophy in them.

No, my works are not anti-Christian or anti any religion.  Humanism is a type of philosophy, which I happen to ascribe to and participate in, as I construct my stories.

I took the time to re-write one of my favorite novels, Diamond Joe.  In that novel, we take a perfectly ordinary person and turn her life upside down.  As writers, we get to do that.

You see a thinking person can think outside the box.  What if you were totally bereft of love, and pick your gender, someone shows you affection and kindness, and they happen to be in a body that matches your assigned gender?  A thinking person can look past that.

No, I don’t have a thing for lesbians. I have a thing for people.  I encourage people to seek a higher form of self.  The stereotypes that we grew up with should be challenged.

We can debate many things, and I am happy to do it. What I think may not be mainstream, or it might.

The key to debate and thinking really is to do so without emotions.  Once you interject ‘feeling’ in the discussion or conversation, the playing field is skewed.

One of my close friends believes that every word in the bible is sacrosanct and the absolute word of God.  As a thinking person, I can dismantle the bible in its entirety.  I asked my friend if he cared to debate the subject with me.  This was after he assured me that he was open-minded.  His answer was..’ as long as it does not go against what I believe, we can debate it.’

Stated another way …no…

Humanism is about doing away with the mythology and superstitions and looking at who you are.  It is not who I am, or your wife or husband is; it is about looking at who you are. Only when you know who you are, can you possibly understand the world.

Do I believe in God? …Yes.  Do I think God is as defined in the bible…?  Not so much.

Unlike those who blindly go to church every time the door is open and give their tithes and offerings and time, I don’t do that blindly.

We can talk about the world’s divergence from God and how it is falling into a bad place.  We can make an argument about why the church and God are essential and why we should have decency laws.

We can, in fact, argue for that spiritual connection between you and your creator, but I have no idea what I would label it.  Possibly just Enlightenment.

There are well over 3000 denominations of Christianity today, which is, overwhelming.

The early church had to be controlled by SATAN himself, and man was just as corrupt then as they are now.

Back then, they would sell you indulgences to get your dead relatives into heaven.

Today they want to sell you carbon credits to save the world.  I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt why this climate change thing is a talking point for money for the rich, but we have put emotions in the mess by having coke cola have those cute polar bears drinking coke, and now they are all going to drown.  Oh please!

The world is being brainwashed by the ‘elite’ who want to find ways to control you.  En masse, they are doing it.

Power corrupts.  The more you give someone, the more corrupt they become.  I would steer clear of any mega-church or one that has some central authority that you must contribute to.

Small churches without a governing body that reports to some other high priest or what have you, is where I would look.

I say in many of my novels, and I mean this.  If they preach hate and bigotry from the pulpit, I will not give them a dime.

No, nothing for lesbians my friends but I do have lesbian friends, and I do love them. I have gay men friends who I also love.  Oh, and I have many straight friends who think outside the box, who I spend my time with and love as well.

I tend to stay away from what I affectionately call the knuckle draggers.  You know who they are.  Pray for them or lead by example but…I caution you most earnestly if they are toxic, keep them out of your life.

Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.

Writers tend to be ‘great minds,’ which is why I call them my tribe.   Not everyone that writes falls into this category but…they might be working on it, which I will most certainly encourage.

Much Love -TW

Diamond Joe

Coming soon to a book store near you!

When a small town girl hooks up with the most dangerous man in the world, the story gets intense.

Last night I allowed Stephen Hawking to read my latest novel to me.

Don’t buy that?

Yeah, he is dead, but his spirit can still be here cant it?

Ok, you got me, my MacBook, which I had to get so I could use Vellum, does a bang-up job of reading my novels back to me one chapter at a time.  Why on God’s green earth would I do that?

You, You’re, and Your are three reasons, and the list goes on.  Our minds know what we wrote, and our eyes will gloss over the mess-ups much like those stupid little things on Facebook, that says if you can read this you’re a genius.  PFFT! Anyone can read them!

Stephen or the apple will not gloss over the clumsy sentence or suit vs. suite or breath vs breathe.  If it does not sound right, stop and edit.

 

I use three methods of editing, at least three.

Word, as I am writing.

Pro writing aid, although I must tell you it is prone to screwing up and Grammarly.

As I am putting the manuscript into Vellum if you want the chapter, titles to be something other than Chapter 1, etc you need to edit them.  That is what I do.  Pick a chapter, write the name and then let ol’e Stephen read my chapters to me.

Please don’t mistake my mocking of his animated voice as anything other than humor.  Truth told that is one person that I would love to have met.  I have all of his books and have absorbed them, as he was genuinely brilliant.  He is also a bit of a hero if you think about it.  How many of us would just lay down, roll over and die, if that were us?

Anyway, I tease, but that is all it is.  No disrespect meant, implied, or even thought of remotely.

So what about my latest novel?

Ok, if you like Beauty and the Beast, you will love this story.

If you liked House of Cards, you would love this story.

If you like Christian Gray, you will Effing love this story!

Let’s see if you like Romeo and Juliet…you will love this story!

If you are an agent and not contacting me…you are messing up.  I am close to self-publishing as I genuinely despise the query letter process.  It sucks… “if you never hear from us consider it a pass…PFFFT!”

I know that Bezos and Corker will make the brunt of the money, but at least it will get out there, and you the readers will get to give me some feedback.  With all of these novels, I must be getting close to hitting a home run.  Damn a sports analogy!

This story will have you laughing, crying, ‘horny’ guy or girl… and if you are one of the cam girls I write about, ladies…buy this book and read it. I just about have step-by-step instructions in there on how to make money being a cyber porn star.   My eyes!  I think I am going blind from researching this subject.

MFC yes My Free Cams should make this novel required reading!

One of my twitter followers, bless her heart, had on her bio, Cyber Slut!  Darling thank you for posting that because I am here to tell you, had I not followed your link, I would never have known any of this existed.

During my research, I discovered there are multiple sites like this, all with a thousand ‘models” or more on each, trying to make it as a ‘model.’

Darlings I am not judging you one bit. At least learn how to do what you are doing, so you make money for your efforts…Yes…I have some detailed instructions as my ladies try to figure out how to entice girls to prostitute themselves out in such a way to come to the island.

“Come to the island…Can’t you just hear some big man with a Jamaican accent inviting you to ‘the island?”

Cannot say this in my book but, here on the blog I can say ‘there is no short guy saying ‘the plane the plane!”

I made a few changes to the cover art, which if some Agent should find they will probably get a professional to do it but, for now this is what it will most likely look like.

Still reading?

Want the pitch?

Go to my website www.authortwscott.com find the contact page and come say ‘hello.”

For the rest of you…Thanks for the follows.  I honestly do appreciate it when you hit that subscribe button. Some of you take the time to comment, and I love that too.

Much Love  -TW

 

 

Dialogue and You

Many writers don’t understand how dialogue works in screenplays, novels or TV

How many of you are blogging to just pontificate?

Tonight I want to talk to the writers out there who are struggling with dialogue.

If you have not been introduced to the concept of the SFD allow me to ‘splain’ it to you.

The first thing you write is the ‘Shitty First Draft.’  Own it!

I wrote Under Roswell four years ago and just recently re-wrote it.  Writing over 30 novels since that one, I have learned a thing or two.  There is no reason in the world that book should now not be a real contender in the science fiction genre.  Before the re-write oh hell yes.

When you write something and cannot find fault with it, you are blissfully ignorant and that might be ok.

Firstly, when you write you need to create a character or characters that your readers will either hate or love.  They must relate to them or your story will go nowhere.  We do this through dialogue and by that I mean dialogue that ‘shows’ the story.

Dialogue is really about action, not backstory or characterization.

“Lexy you soppy bitch! You have been doing this same stupid drunk bullshit for years now.  Your life is spiraling down the tube and when you hit bottom, you will have pissed off all of your friends including me. When the hell will you learn to take responsibility for your actions and stop blaming everyone else?”

That dialogue tells you plenty, very cleverly I might add.  You the reader will read on because I have not said this:

“You know Paul, your friend has this drinking problem which has been going on forever.  Her car ends up with new dents every day, and she blames people hitting it in the parking lots.  She is constantly out of money calling on all of her friends for handouts.”

“Dave your right, do you realize that she has pissed off most of her friends that she had years ago?  Now when they see her number pop up they just ignore it.  You can’t blame them, really.”

“No, of course, you can’t blame them for Christ’ sake, nobody wants to listen to some drunk drone on about how she is a victim and have you got a few extra dollars they can borrow just to see them through to they find another job?”


Shit, those three bits of dialogue brought me down and I am creating it. How many books have you set down because of crap like that?

We feel sorry for Lexy but we can identify with her and can relate to the person who is frustrated with her trying to give her a jolt or perhaps is going to haul her sorry ass into some recovery program.  In the last exchange between Dave and Paul, we get bored rather quickly and depressed as these two guys are just jacking their jaws about their drunk friend.

Dialogue should be dynamic, moving fluid and action-filled.

When Dave confronted Lexy after tossing the bottle of scotch out the window, Lexy cried when she heard the glass bottle shattering on the street below.  She had sold blood to buy it, and he foolishly tossed it away!

Dave cares for her and is trying to make an impact.  We see her desperation when we learn she sold blood to buy scotch.

This subject may hit too close to home for some and for that reason, such a story might be of interest to those who are dealing with addicted loved ones.

That brings up the next point…Emotions.

I don’t give a flip how intellectual you are or what your IQ might be.  Your characters have to resonate with your readers and using large words that only a few might know is not the way to get there.  I am guilty of this to some extent, as I write science fiction.  In my latest novel which I am working on, I reference a Pulsar.  My audience will know what that is but, some of you reading this blog might not.

As a writer, you must connect with your audience and that means know who that audience is.  My science fiction audience I can use larger words with because they will most probably have that latitude in their vocabulary, and will not be slowed.

If I am writing for YA, I would probably guard against overly large words.  Writing for a 7th-grade education is probably one of the toughest things I do as a writer.  I am updating this blog, weeks after I wrote it, as I learned something else about this topic.

Some write for a third-grade education.  Huh?  Is that smart?  Do we want to make it too easy for our readers?  Personally, I think it is a sad statement that in order to sell our works we must keep it to a third-grade reading level.

One professor teaches that your readers are smarter than you are. “Cough … Bullshit!”

Some of my audience is smarter than I am, but…  I know, not humble…sorry I am not humble.

A smart writer knows who their audience is and writes for them.  Romance writers, for example, do what?  They put lots of emotion into their ‘dialogue.’  Why?  A large percentage of romance readers are who? Not men.  Erotica is probably men, a pure knight on the white horse coming to scale the castle walls and take on the kings men…that is going to be ladies.  Just the facts ma’am.

Yes dammit, we want to make you cry, or laugh.

So how does dialogue work with many characters?

Each character must have its own voice.  What do I mean when I say that?

Lexy is a person who took to drinking for whatever reason and now is near the bottom of the barrel. What happened to her that she did that?  Perhaps she lost someone important to her.

If we make the reader care about Lexy, then we have the emotional investment.  We also have to realize who the audience is and tailor the story for them.

For argument’s sake, if she were a street person who managed to be at the right place at the right time and found Mr. Right.  Yes, the pretty woman saga.  They are living high having a great old time until an old boyfriend finds her.  “Does he realize where you come from?  You better play this right you still owe me money.”

“I am not asking him for money Joey.  Look, what we had didn’t work out, I fucked so many people for you… now just let me be.  I have a shot at a life!”

“Bitch, you might clean up pretty, but you’re still trash from the south side.  You will always be trash, but you are my trash, and don’t ever forget it!”

Now we suddenly care about her.  We see that she is trying to pull herself out of the hole she has been in.  We want her and the rich guy to hit it off, and we love happy endings.

How will Joey play into this?

Each character has their own voice and they also have their own vocabulary.  I was at a seminar where we were told to actually do a Myers Briggs profile on each character and keep it handy so your Joey’s and Lexy’s and whoever is consistent not only with their vocabulary but their personality traits.

We can have Dave and Paul take Joey out and skin him alive but since this is a blog about ‘dialogue’ I will leave you the reader to come up with an ending.
“let me know how it turns out..” 🙂

Depending on what you are writing, whether it is for film or novels will depend not only on the amount of dialogue you write but, the kind as well.

I like internal conflict, science fiction type stories and I like naughty stories.  I write for the intellectual and I write for those readers who would like to bring some fantasy to life through my words.

If I were writing a screenplay, my dialogue would be different from that of a novel.  My story would be more action for the eyes and fewer words for the ears.

Instead of, “You know you want me.  You know you want to feel my flesh under your hands.  I don’t know why you enjoy treating me like that but when you do it just makes me so …fucking horny I can’t stand it.”

“You like it because you know you are going to get your reward.  You know I am going to fuck you so hard that you will scream for me to stop, and then you will beg for more!  What will you do for me? Will you submit to my ways?”

Instead of that, I would have this half-naked guy standing in a dimly lit room, with his foot on a chair.  The smoke from his cigarette would curl up past his chiseled chin.  His shirt would be unbuttoned and we could detect a bulge in his pants.  He might be holding a small leather paddle or possibly one of those lovely floggers that they sell at Adam & Eve.

As she walks into the room, she pauses to see him standing there.  The camera pans up from her ruby red high heels, up past her long legs to her short skirt.

The dialogue would now be something like this. “So you heard that I have been naughty?”

The rest would be action.

Who is your audience?

What kind of writer are you?

Give your audience or readers the credit they deserve in figuring out where you are going with the story.  Many of you still have your mind stuck in that last scene, don’t you?.

Read Nudist of Shangri-La if you want a naughty little romp with Judy dealing with her demons.

Screenwriting is about 80% writing for the visual effects, and 20 for us to hear or the audience to hear.

I think it would be fun to write a screenplay or even for a film.  Which are you? Are you a novelist or are you a visual person? I like the idea of film as that tends to be created more off the lot, or on location. I like the idea of filming on location and writing for that. Can you imagine the work that went into Lord of the Rings?

I have over 30 novels under my belt and have several projects in the works as I type this blog for you.  I think it important to give back to the writing community and that is why I do this blog.

Here I share my successes and failures.  I also try to educate you by telling you what I did to fix the screw-ups.

If you wish to contribute in any way, might I suggest that you share this blog with your readers, who you know might appreciate what I am writing?  That accomplishes three things.

  • You are paying it forward by assisting your followers or writers.
  • You are getting something out of it.
  • You are assisting me in getting some more followers so I have a valid reason to spend my time casting these pearls out upon the winds.

I have a day job and I write.  My goal is to have one of my novels, just one, go viral.

Many of you have already read my work and I do appreciate it.  Those checks that come in from Amazon around the world are the thing that keeps me pushing forward.  Running the analytics, I look at what is selling and what is not.  I then try to figure out why?

Under Roswell had lackluster performance, and I did not understand why until I read it again.

I had made many of the mistakes that rookie writers make.  I rewrote it from the ground up.  The story and the plot were too predictable, so I added a computer that has a loose screw, and is not exactly of good character.  This Robot can and does get into the heads of those around it, and has them do things that it can feel.  For instance, it had a couple make love where the computer could sense both of their orgasms at the same time!

‘It is an alien computer so our understanding of how computers work is not what the aliens created.’

Nothing like a little AI in the bedroom…LOL

As always I love feedback, comments and so on.

I truly am here to assist other writers so don’t be afraid to stop by and say hello.

Much love people.  It is late and I need to get up in the morning.  I have more to say on Dialogue at a future date.  If you find this interesting, please let me know.

Chow!