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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th. In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

What's Your Slogan?


Slogan

The slogan for Hallmark Cards is,” When you Care Enough to send the Very Best.”
As a writer I’ve long believed that slogan needs only minor changes to apply to what I do.  “When I Care Enough about my Writing to Steal from the Very Best.”

I recently read The Dream of Scipio by Iaian Pears. It is a very good book. I recommend it highly along with his, An instance of the Finger Post, that may be the best historical mystery I have ever read. 
At the time I had been contemplating responding to a call for short stories in an upcoming anthology. I wanted to submit in part because I really like the editor.  I like getting published and I also like getting paid. However, after I read the description of what the editor wanted, I had no idea how to combine elements that seemed contradictory to me.

It happened that Delta Airlines unexpectedly provided me with a block of time, i.e., a five-hour wait in an airport with little to do during the delay.  My ninety-year old mother was with me. She was a trooper and a good sport throughout.  As I read through The Dream of Scipio at a leisurely pace between strolls through the concourse, I was able to enjoy the book, the author’s style and the author’s writing techniques. Had the flight left on time, I don’t know if I would have noticed the mechanics of the book.

I was able to suss out one approach Pears used fairly frequently that added to my enjoyment of the book.  In brief, the author wrote about what might have happened as well as what did happen. Later I tried to use it in my short story. It worked for about half a page, but it was not enough by itself to provide sufficient structure for an entire short story. As Stephen King has said, a story requires two or three moving parts.  One idea does not lead to a story.  In continuing to read The Dream of Scipio after my first attempt to structure my story, I also noticed variations of the method. They reminded me of a jazz musician playing riffs to vary the melody before returning to the underlying stream of music.  When I incorporated the variations, I was able to provide a skeleton for the short story that was not unduly repetitive but was structurally supportive of the theme of the work.
  
I certainly do not mean my short story uses everything Pears was able to employ in The Dream of Scipio. Pears’ novel goes back and forth in time. He writes beautifully about three protagonists living in different historical periods that never overlap.  Yet their lives are tied together in ways the characters do not realize. 

My story? We’ll have to wait to see if it gets accepted.

Do you have a personal writing slogan?

18 comments:

Gayle Carline said...

I suppose, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die" is out, even for a mystery writer.

Gloria Alden said...

Interesting blog, Warren. I'm trying to think of only one slogan. Maybe Look for new experiences to broaden your life. That's one of those things I do. Good luck on selling that story.

E. B. Davis said...

Maybe this is off topic, but I've noticed that some authors utilizing the third person POV lapse into omniscient voice, talking about the character as if there is a narrator, telling the reader about the character. These are mainstream published authors so I'm questioning my objection to the use of this technique. Am I being too critical?

I've read two books recently that have very little descriptions of the main character. I liked that absence. I'm going back into my script and revising.

If I had a slogan it would probably be "less is more."

Warren Bull said...

Gayle, I think Johnny Cash had that one.

Warren Bull said...

Gloria,

Thanks for the good wishes.

Warren Bull said...

EB

Good one

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I don't have a slogan. Then again, I'm not exactly a "brand" either.
I agree with you about short stories. Just having an interesting character, for instance, doesn't equate to a story. Plot line is crucial as is setting.

Sarah Henning said...

Hmmm, I'm not sure I have a slogan as a writer. Maybe just, "Bon Appetit." ... I want readers to sink their teeth in and enjoy.

Linda Rodriguez said...

I don't know what my slogan would be, Warren. Maybe EB's "Less is more," but only after I've put in lots of "More is best." I like to pack a book with all the good stuff I can and then compress and cut until it shines. But I'm not a fan of minimalism.

I guess I'd find the same problem with just about any slogan. Maybe mine is "I have to find my own way." ;-)

lisekimhorton said...

Great question (and insightful post). I have a "slogan" which is part of my brand and I attempt to always use vocabulary and phrasing in my promo, etc., that enhances it. As an author of erotic romance, my website "tag" and my slogan is: Feed Your Passion.

Nike Chillemi said...

I enjoyed reading how you structured your story. Isn't the craft of writing interesting, intriguing, and taxing?

A shout out to your mother. Two years ago I flew out to CA went to visit my 90 year old aunt for her b'day. I found she's a trooper too, and an avid reader.

I have two slogans. I sometimes combine them.

Writing literature that reads like pulp fiction.

I like my bad guys really bad and my good guys smarter and better.

Shari Randall said...

I like to think of Elmore Leonard: "Skip the boring parts."

Darden North said...

Warren, my slogan is "Finally, a doctor whose writing you can read."

Lois Browne said...

'Making Murder Pay'

It's aspirational....

Bobbi Chukran, Author of Mysterious Stories & Award-Winning Playwright said...

Hi Warren, Maybe mine would be, Write what I like to read--something entertaining, funny and memorable.

bobbi c.

JackBludis said...

By way of Mick Jagger:

I can't always get what I want, but if I try, sometimes, I get what I need.

Toby Speed said...

Hi, Warren. Thoughtful post. Ever since I went to a branding workshop at the New England Crime Bake I've been trying to come up with a slogan. The closest I've come is the one I'm now using on Twitter, "mystery writer with her head in the clouds." It reminds me to access that daydreaming, receptive part of me to all story to flow through, and also alludes to aviation and my love of the sky.

Kaye George said...

I have this taped on my printer: If you're a writer, you write.

My personal slogan has to be: What a long, strange trip it's been.