Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
I hope you get to spend today with the ones you love. And don’t forget to pick up your special treat. For today only, a free copy of Fade Away!
I have so many reasons to be grateful and thankful. I would personally like to give thanks to all the readers and blog followers that have supported me.
And to thank you all, I’m doing a Thanksgiving Giveaway of Fade Away. One Day only! Make sure to grab your copy!
Elmore Leonard is considered to be one of the greatest writers of his generation. But what is Leonard’s secret to being both popular and respectable? More importantly… Do you agree with his ten top tips?
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
- Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
- Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
There you have it… ten top tips from a great writer. How many of these have you already tried? Are you inspired to start writing a book yet?
The first review for “Fade Away” has just been posted on Goodreads….
“Fade Away” is the brand new book from M.L. Newman. I loved her previous books, so I got this one the day it was released.
Newman is certainly writing better. I really liked the suspense she built up throughout this new book and would recommend it to those who are looking for a great, jumpy book for the Christmas season. Recommended.”
What are you waiting for? Download your copy today!
From Fade Away Playlist
Destruction of Myself by From Ashes To New