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PERFECT IS BORING

Perfect is Boring

Wayne Zurl

 

When I began writing police mysteries I said to myself, “Aha! This is fiction, not a documentary. I have the opportunity to make everything come out perfectly.”

           

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Wayne Zurl
I guess all charterers should be dynamic as opposed to static. Each character should be memorable regardless of their standing in ... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:24
Cheryl Peyton
Ha! I was able to give you five stars. I would say that you're exactly right that a hero must be flawed to be interesting and t... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:59
Tilmer Wright Jr.
Great points, Wayne. This, of course, is the tried and true method used by authors of horror novels all the time. How many times h... Read More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:00
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Listened to a Webinar today given by Jason Schmetzer, Marketing Mgr. for Authors Learning Center. He is a writer, teacher, website designer and marketer who works with SEOs every day. Here's some of what he had to say.

I. WHAT SEO IS:

It's growing your site's visibility on the Internet by improving your ranking by search engines like Google and Bing. Your ranking is determined by the number of times people go to a site based on its relevance and popularity.

Relevance: How well does your site answer queries?

Popularity: How many people go there and how long do they stay? 

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Cheryl Peyton
I just tried the rating and inadvertently gave myself 5 stars. Maybe I'm the guest. I'm also the member who had to moderate your c... Read More
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:14
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Another Suggestion To Make Your Writing Better.

 

Yesterday I posted the late Elmore Leonard’s best advice for good writing. Not everyone agreed with the old boy. Neither did I. Well, I liked 3 or 4 of his rules, but didn’t exactly agree with the rest. But those were his ideas and he has been successful.

 

Today I’ll try to get back into everyone’s good graces with my own advice. This is one I believe in—100%.

 

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Kaye George
I tried to give a 5 star, but it kept saying 4 1/2! Sorry.
Friday, 21 April 2017 12:28
Wayne Zurl
Thanks, Kaye. I never noticed the star ratings before.
Friday, 21 April 2017 13:27
Cheryl Peyton
I still like most of Elmore Leonard's rules, except for 'never use a Prologue or start a book with weather' as there can be valid ... Read More
Friday, 21 April 2017 14:53
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Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

What was Leonard’s secret to success as a writer? Here are 10 tips which were taken from a New York Times article, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle.”

1.      Never open a book with weather.

2.      Avoid prologues.

3.      Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.

4.      Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.

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Tilmer Wright Jr.
Wayne, This is very insightful. So much for opening with, "It was a dark and stormy night." I find myself struggling mightily w... Read More
Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:33
Wayne Zurl
It's too bad Elmore is no longer around for us to ask more questions. I doubt any writer had a better love affair with the Hollywo... Read More
Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:11
Kaye George
And, of course, rules are made to be broken, right? My favorite set of rules: There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortuna... Read More
Thursday, 20 April 2017 23:16
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Our Front Porch

The other day I was thinking about our front porch in Montague, Michigan. Growing up it was used as a gathering place where people were welcomed, listened to, encouraged to share, and I believe, felt loved. I never really understood the significance of all of this until mom and dad were gone, and I could no longer sit on that front porch.

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Tilmer Wright Jr. PERFECT IS BORING
27 April 2017
Great points, Wayne. This, of course, is the tried and true method used by authors of horror novels all the time. How many times have you wanted to scream, "Don't go in there! What are you, an idiot? You know the axe-wielding, homicidal maniac is in ...
Cheryl Peyton PERFECT IS BORING
27 April 2017
Ha! I was able to give you five stars. I would say that you're exactly right that a hero must be flawed to be interesting and to create the tension in the story. The reader gets pulled into the conflict and roots for the protagonist to find a clever...
Wayne Zurl PERFECT IS BORING
27 April 2017
I guess all charterers should be dynamic as opposed to static. Each character should be memorable regardless of their standing in the cast. You only have to live in or visit a big city to know even the guy selling newspapers or the shoeshine boy who ...
P.I. Barrington PERFECT IS BORING
27 April 2017
I agree, Wayne! Someone at LinkedIn started a discussion on whether secondary characters had to be dynamic and this runs parallel, sort of. Imperfections are what make up the character and what engages a reader, be the character main or secondary. I...
Cheryl Peyton Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
27 April 2017
I just tried the rating and inadvertently gave myself 5 stars. Maybe I'm the guest. I'm also the member who had to moderate your comment and I'm giving it 5 stars while I'm at it. Looking forward to your take on the stumbling protagonist.

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