Archive for March, 2009

8 Hooks that your readers can’t resist

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Well, like I said in the blog before this… A battle scene is fast paced and you can make it a surprise attack or an expected battle. Just remember that you want to hook your readers fast, and not all battle scenes will do it by themselves. You have to make the readers care for the one who is losing and despise those who are winning. (more…)

The Possibilities of Sainthood
 By: Donna Freitas for Ijustfinished.com

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Donna has created a great tale with lots of Italian flavor in its pages. Her characters are believable and easy to relate too. I enjoyed the cover, it is a picture perfect of its content. The story, its characters, and the many saints that Antonia prays to are very real in the protagonist’s life.

Antonia, the main character, is a fifteen-year-old catholic schoolgirl living in the world of today. Like many other girls her age, she spends hours trying to figure out a way that her knee high uniform looks cool, beneath her mother’s strict scrutiny. However, unlike many girls her age, she knows and keeps a diary of a zillion saints (more…)

How to hook your reader

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Get out your fishing pole, and I’ll give you the juiciest worm ever… but really: Many times you only have the first paragraph of a book to hook your reader into the story. If you fail to hook them, they won’t continue reading or buy your book. Does that mean your book is no good at all? No, it just means that you need to change the starting or move another scene to become your first paragraph. (more…)

The ABC’s of great writing

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

a) You need to have a setting where your story takes place.
It could be dangerous, new, cool, different, a wonder in itself world.
b) You need characters.
Their personalities might be: delightful, lovable, scary, powerful, and/or interesting.
c) Have a problem. (more…)