Archive for February, 2014



February 20, 2014

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey! – Barbara Hoffman

Celebrate your victories! Be verbal about it. Haters will say you’re bragging, but those who love you will celebrate with you.  – Steve Maraboli

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.  – Oprah Winfrey

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. – Mark Twain



New Adult

February 13, 2014

Last fall the publishing industry pumped its latest marketing move by highlighting a new genre of books: New Adult. The category extends young adult reads and takes high school students to college and beyond. New Adult fiction is designed for readers 18-25, and the content focuses on issues that particular age group faces: college, new jobs, relationships, breaking away from family life, and living on one’s own.

Although new, the genre has pushed books to the top of the bestseller lists, creating industry buzz. Critics call the genre a slap in the face to young adult and adult fiction, as well as a staged marketing move by the publishing industry. I disagree. Besides offering more to the bookworms of the world, breaking down genres can help organize and focus a reader. Offering a variety of books can only be a good think, in my opinion. Hopefully, new adult books will help catapult the publishing industry.

Who knows, maybe I’ll find a new niche for myself.


An Invitation

February 5, 2014

When I  teach my English comp class, I ask my students to create an invitation for an event of their choosing. It must include a time, a location, the purpose for the party, and who will be attending. Invitations have included aliens, families, foreign dignitaries, and birthday bashes in Bermuda. It’s always a fun start to a semester, but the reason I do it is to help them remember the five elements to writing. An essay or a first chapter must include the five w’s: who, what, where, when and why.

Who? At a minimum the main character must be introduced, or if writing an essay, the reader needs to know who’s involved.

Where? Setting is crucial.

When? Is it a current story or historical? Maybe it’s dystopian. If writing an essay, dates can be critical.

What/Why? These two questions are the crux of the essay and the piece of fiction. What does the main character want or need and why is it so important to them? If writing an essay the reader must know what’s at stake.

Editing can be made  easier by thinking of an invitation to remember the needed elements.

Do you have your 5 w’s in your own work?