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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!

Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

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

Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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.