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September Interviews
9/4 Liz Milliron, Heaven Has No Rage
9/11 Marilyn Levinson/Allison Brook, Buried In The Stacks
9/18 Ellen Byron, Fatal Cajun Festival
9/25 Maggie Toussaint, Dreamed It

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/14 Debbie De Louise

WWK Bloggers: 9/7 Valerie Burns, 9/28 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


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.