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Hi Everyone, after working the last nine of ten days and making the mistake of going to Facebook and seeing some pretty awful videos posted by people I begin to wonder where is this world going? So I'm not going to rant and rave about how angry this has made me. I'm going to redo an older blog. Sorry. I'm trying to stick to writing and improving the world and someday hopefully someone will say, after I'm gone. He made the world a better place for being in it.
So without further ado.
A Whole Load Of Nonsense
In all of the writing groups I have
involved with, there were always certain questions posed. The most common being,
"Excuse me where are the washrooms?" Or if you are from south of the
border, the restrooms. Then there's the good old Brit who'd ask for the bog or
Yeah, the bog I get, but the loo? The
English have different names for everything, but considering they've been
around six or seven years longer than the entire North American Continent has
been discovered and they've got the Queen on their side, which overrules
But I digress, otherwise my title does
begin to make total sense. A very common question is, "how do I pull my readers
in, lock them up and throw away the key." Well the last bit I just made
up. So if I said the following;
atop the plateau overlooking Machu Picchu the couple gazed. The old stone
buildings glinting in the sunlight. Air so rarified it was hard to breathe.
Overhead eagles cried out. Julia-Rae licked the salty sweat from her lips, as his
calloused hand brushed along her arm, sending a shiver through her. She
inhaled, smelling that pungent, masculine aroma oozing out of his pores.
Did that pull you in? If not, stop reading
and beat it, I'm wasting your time and mine. But, if yes, then what did I do to
engage the reader? ..... waiting!
Some are probably now thinking, is this guy
crazy? Yup. Does he drive his wife and his publisher crazy? Yup, and double
yup. Does he make much or any sense at all?
Bang. You've got it. Senses. I used all of
them in that paragraph; sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing to engage the
reader. If you can make the reader experience all of those in a scene, you've
got them involved. And if this doesn't work for you, try gardening; then it's
just you, dirt and weeds. Doesn't get more basic than that.
Or you could use my next favorite tactic to
engage the reader, grab your book and whack them on the forehead with its
spine. They'll either be engaged or unconscious and when they come to, you will
definitely have their (and most likely their lawyers as well), attention.
Oh, before I finish and just in case you're
wondering, Loo? Where the hell did that come from? Some say it came from the
shortened term - Waterloo- the English bathroom company that manufactured
toilets and urinals. Or, I really like this one, and no, I didn't make this up.
In the late eighteen hundreds the Earl of Lichfield loved to entertain people,
only he had a most miserable wife, "Lady Louisa." After meeting her,
many guests replied with, "nice chap but she's anything but a lady."
Back then, the posh people would put the visitor's name on their bedroom doors.
Two rather inebriated gentlemen decided to switch her name plate with the
bathrooms. Later guests laughingly told everyone of "going to visit Lady
Louisa" or today "going to the loo."
People have asked me what's my writing style? I respond with: Mix Dan Millman
(Way of The Peaceful Warrior) with Charles De Lint (Moonheart) and throw in a
mad scattering of Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get The Blues).
PS: I'm better looking than Stephen King, or so my wife tells me. (Carrie, The Stand, It, The Shining)
and his romantic stuff will have you gasping quicker than Robert James Waller
(Bridges Of Madison County).
Or as is often said: You don’t have to be mad to be a
writer, but it sure helps.
Also thought I'd throw in some publicity. I'll be giving a book reading and signing at Mission Black Bond Books on Sunday Oct 2nd.