Everything Has to Change in a Small Town by Loleta Abi

Everything Has to Change in a Small Town Traci Kenworth When I was little, I thought the world was constant. That I’d always live in the small century town that I grew up in Ohio. As I aged, the need to get out and explore other places dawned in me. I went away for college. […]

Celebrating the Holidays in a Century Village by Traci Kenworth

Celebrating the Holidays in A Century Village Traci Kenworth Celebrating the holidays in a century village can be quite unique. From the train ride with Santa that takes children around the circular park and back to the log cabin. Yes, log cabin. That’s where our maple syrup is made and distributed in Spring through Fall. […]

Three Links 10/10/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 10/9/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://stevelaube.com/how-do-i-know-it-is-ready-to-submit/ “As an agency, we don’t represent articles, so I’ll confine my remarks to books. The best way to see if your book is ready to be submitted is to write the book proposal. I wrote a series about this on our blog. Here is the link:https://stevelaube.com/category/book-proposal-basics. As […]

Three Links 8/28/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 8/28/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://www.janefriedman.com/what-your-first-50-pages-reveals/?mc_cid=f90d3485da&mc_eid=b82e0dde1a “Is your manuscript ready to pitch, or does it still need work? It can be a maddening question to answer. Even for seasoned authors, the question of when a manuscript is ready to pitch can be a tough call. Leonardo da Vinci is credited as saying, “A […]

Three Links 8/23/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 8/21/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2020/08/16/your-first-pages-5-more-novel-openings-critiqued-by-a-literary-agent-and-me-at-litopia-2/ “The format is simple. Five manuscripts, each with a short blurb. We hear the opening pages, then discuss how they’re working – exactly as agents would consider a manuscript that arrived in their inbox. As always, the submissions had many strengths. Issues we discussed included an appealing […]

Three Links 8/1/2020 Loleta Abi

I had a week of chaos as my mom went in the hospital, family stress, my son got a job, and life is looking up for us with all things resolved. Or at least, on the road to being so. Three Links 7/31/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://annerallen.com/2020/07/what-to-write-when-you-cant-write-what-you-know/ “One of the primo, Number One “rules” […]

Three Links 7/25/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 7/24/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://annerallen.com/2020/07/books-versus-tv-narrative-voice-versus-scripted-scenes-longmire-outlander/ “Every author wants their novels to be made into a film or a television series. Right?  So let’s take a look at how these two worlds of “series”—both the readable and the viewable kind—connect, overlap, or compete. Some people discover a great series first on TV, then […]

Three Links 7/18/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 7/17/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/scene-structure-a-framework/ “Creating scene structure is a key writing skill. Great scenes go a long way toward great storytelling; weak scenes result in weak storytelling. Unfortunately, many writers often struggle with vague, sometimes contradictory approaches to writing scenes.” K.M. always delivers great writing advice! 2.  https://jamigold.com/2020/07/keeping-our-stories-and-notes-safe-blogiversary-winners/ “n last week’s […]

Three Links 7/10/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 7/10/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://jamigold.com/2020/07/organization-for-our-creativity-and-our-career/ “You wouldn’t know it by looking at my desk, but I have a natural organizational system. That system is called organized disorganization. *grin* Everything looksdisorganized, but I can find what I need…most of the time. Wherever I am, I tend to accumulate piles of “things” I need to deal […]

Three Links 7/3/2020 Loleta Abi

Three Links 7/3/2020 Loleta Abi Writing: 1. https://www.septembercfawkes.com/2020/03/breaking-writing-rules-right-write.html “Over the years, I’ve done a lot of posts on dialogue, in part because when I went searching for a deeper understanding on the topic, I didn’t find a lot of material. One of the recurring things I did find though, was about writing indirect dialogue. And this is absolutely one […]