Writers Tricks of the Trade Volume 7, Issue 4 Winter 2018 - Page 12

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5 . THE LAST BLACK UNI-
CORN BY TIFFANY HADDISH
WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE ( S ) ( CONT ’ D .)
How about an extremely popular movie series based on a book that was fantastic but the actual books , which I forced myself to read back in 1969 , were awful to get through ? I couldn ’ t figure out why until now . They were omniscient ! Then there were the character driven stories or intrigue stories that didn ’ t have enough action .
There were a few exceptions like Andre Norton and a few other authors I can ’ t remember , their names faded with decades . I can ’ t say I struck fantasy off my reading lists , but I was turned off enough by the genre that even though I loved the covers , I was quite often disappointed with the contents . Then a weird game called D & D came along and things changed . I rolled the dice and loved it ! From there , a few authors came along with good plot-driven novels like R . A . Salvatore . However , I go back to the beginning of this section where I delved into the same old crap , the reason I still don ’ t like most fantasy .
There was one other exception that I like to call a mashup , though it was actually termed urban fantasy . It was a series I read in the 90 ’ s about a guy who uses computers and computer logic to cross back and forth into a fantasy world . It wasn ’ t half bad .
As a result , after a few decades of rolling dice , switching to single player computer games , then adding in my “ always an adventure ” style , plus prodding from my wife to write fantasy , I started the Meleena ’ s Adventures series . I emphasize adventures , of course . SHORT CHAPTERS
I started like a lot of writers , and wrote long chapters with multiple scenes . Sometimes way too many scenes . About ten years ago , I learned some “ rule ” at one of the Las Vegas Writer ’ s Conferences that you should only have three to five scene changes per chapter . Why ? It made the story too disjointed . However , over time , that reasoning has faded like a lot of other things . The same for headhopping , which was given the go-ahead a few years ago at one of the Romance Writer ’ s of America conferences . Once word got out about that , authors went nuts and every time I picked a book up , I saw head-hopping . It still drives me nuts . I hate it ! Aaagh !
On to my point . I ’ m a stickler for rhythm and flow . I don ’ t like long paragraphs , long sentences or long chapters . I don ’ t like to be tortured when I ’ m reading and I also like to read during commercials .
Along came James Patterson . Unfortunately , despite being one publishing son-of-a-gun , he tends to write a lot in first-person , which I personally hate . However , the one thing he does right is he
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WRITERS ’ TRICKS OF THE TRADE
W HO OR W HAT I NFLUENCED Y OUR W RITING S TYLE ( S ) (C ONT ’ D .) NYT B EST S ELLERS L IST JANUARY 28, 2018 NYT Complete Lists COMBINED PRINT & E- BOOK FICTION 1. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW BY A. J. F INN 2. THE WIFE BETWEEN US BY G REER H ENDRICKS AND S ARAK P EKKANEN 3. BLOOD FURY BY J . R . W ARD 4. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY C ELESTE N G 5. ORIGIN BY D AN B ROWN COMBINED PRINT & E- BOOK NON-FICTION 1 FIRE AND FURY BY M ICHAEL W OLFF 2. WHEN D ANIEL H. P INK 3ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY BY N EIL DE G RASSE T YSON 4. LEONARDO DA VINCI BY W ALTER I SAACSON 5. THE LAST BLACK UNI- CORN BY T IFFANY H ADDISH W INTER 2018 How about an extremely popular movie series based on a book that was fan- tastic but the actual books, which I forced myself to read back in 1969, were aw- ful to get through? I couldn’t figure out why until now. They were omniscient! Then there were the character driven stories or intrigue stories that didn’t have enough action. There were a few exceptions like Andre Norton and a few other authors I can’t remember, their names faded with decades. I can’t say I struck fantasy off my reading lists, but I was turned off enough by the genre that even though I loved the covers, I was quite often disappointed with the contents. Then a weird game called D&D came along and things changed. I rolled the dice and loved it! From there, a few authors came along with good plot-driven novels like R.A. Salvatore. However, I go back to the beginning of this section where I delved into the same old crap, the reason I still don’t like most fantasy. There was one other exception that I like to call a mashup, though it was ac- tually termed urban fantasy. It was a series I read in the 90’s about a guy who uses computers and computer logic to cross back and forth into a fantasy world. It wasn’t half bad. As a result, after a few decades of rolling dice, switching to single player computer games, then adding in my “always an adventure” style, plus prodding from my wife to write fantasy, I started the Meleena’s Adventures series. I em- phasize adventures, of course. SHORT CHAPTERS I started like a lot of writers, and wrote long chapters with multiple scenes. Sometimes way too many scenes. About ten years ago, I learned some “rule” at one of the Las Vegas Writer’s Conferences that yo ԁ͡ձ䁡ٔѡɕѼ)͍ٔ́ȁѕȸ]%Ёѡѽѽͩѕ!ݕٕȰ)ٕȁѥѡЁɕͽ́Ёѡȁѡ̸Qͅȁ)ݡٕ݅́ѡ܁啅́ЁѡI)]ɥѕˊéɥɕ̸=ݽɐЁЁЁѡаѡ́ݕ)ٕ́ѥ$$ͅ܁%Ёѥɥٕ́)̸$єЄ)=Ѽи'eѥȁȁɡѡܸ$eЁɄ)Ʌ̰͕ѕ́ȁѕ̸$eЁѼѽɕݡ'e)ɕ$ͼѼɕɥɍ̸))́AѕͽUչѕ䰁єՉ͡)ͽոѕ́ѼɥєЁеͽݡ$ͽ䁡є)!ݕٕȰѡѡ́ɥЁ́)@)\I%QILdPI% -L=Q!QI