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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, May 3, 2019

Singing and Writing by Warren Bull

Singing and Writing by Warren Bull

Image from Felix Koutchinski on Upsplash

Recently got a video of a singing audition I had done. The rules were to perform excerpts from two songs in two minutes. On the whole, I was pleased. Not satisfied but I managed to convey most of what I set out to do.

As I watched and thought about my performance, It occurred to me that there are some similarities between my goals as a writer and my goals as a singer.
For example, despite major differences in presentation, in both art forms, I want to connect with my audience. 
Recently, after hearing my rendition of a song for an upcoming recital, a professional jazz singer pointed out that I missed the opportunity early in the first verse to emphasize the relationship of the singer to his intended audience of one. (The song is a non-romantic love song.) I see that as similar to not fully developing the hook in at the beginning of a story. I had intended to increase the intensity in my voice later on in the song, but that would be like waiting until chapter two to engage the reader or “burying” the headline of a newspaper article. As a writer, I know I have got pull the reader in quickly or she will stop reading before chapter two.

The vocalist also pointed out that, although I sang a seven-note run of quarter notes accurately as they were written, that part of the song is not very interesting to listen to. She encouraged me to alter the progression by making some notes longer and others shorter. That reminded me of the advice to alter sentence structure. A series of sentences that all start “He said” is less effective than varying the beginnings.

The songstress who commented on my song also commented on another singer’s presentation. That singer used a lovely slide in her voice with emotional lyrics. Then she slid again and again and again. Each successive use of the vocal technique had the effect of diminishing its impact. The analogy in writing is when clever description or action is repeated the impact becomes less with each repetition.

Practicing singing is like revising writing.  For me, it is a necessary, but not always delightful, part of the process. There are always nuances that can be improved. I can try out ideas and purse “what ifs.”

What activity in your life parallels writing?


Kait said...

What a great metaphor.

Jim Jackson said...

In writing as in music there are many different genres. While some may like opera sung in foreign languages about lives in a far-off land or time, others prefer the hip-hop of today's world.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

great analogy! Planning and planting a perennial garden: the sun map, a matrix for bloom time, height, and color are the outline. Digging in leaf mold, top soil, and some sand, then planting the first slips of plants. First draft done. Weeding is revisions. The waiting period for a full-blown perennial garden is several years, and then it's time to divide the plant clumps. Re-evaluate and edit, big picture to individual plant.

carla said...

And of course, both singing and writing can always get better!!

KM Rockwood said...

Love your comparisons between signing and writing. Both are creative endeavors that reach their peak when they elicit a response (hopefully positive) from the audience.