Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GPS for Your Novel’s Main Character


GPS for Your Novel’s Main Character 
Map Your Way Into Their Personality

Gentle Passionate Sassy/Snarky
Had a session with my critique group today, and we discussed how to get into our character’s heads to make their story more believable. This led me to come up with a list of ways to achieve that goal.
1.    Write a daily journal in your MC’s voice for a week. You may find he/she is giving you an insight to their problem.
2.    Or you may find the solution to something that has been preventing you from moving the story forward.
 3.   List the their most obvious traits that make them a complex character and let it come out in their dialogue and attitude.
4.   If that doesn’t work read through your favorite YA novel, or one that is in the same genre as your WIP, and write a few sentences about the protagonist using the following prompts:
a.   What is their problem?
b.   What is their motivation to obtain a solution to that problem, including internal and external motivators?
c.    What traits make them complex (and either help or hurt their quest to solve their problem)?
d.   What conflicts arise because he or she tries to solve their problem?
At the end of this writing exercise, you’ll have a rough road map of the character (and also how the protagonist’s choices influence the plot). Once you see an example, you can begin to develop your own character road map and define the elements that create a living, breathing protagonist. Good luck!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When is a Poem Not Ready for Publication?



April is Poetry Month and as I prepped for a middle-school poetry workshop I’ll be teaching later this week, I pulled out my two unpublished poetry collections. One deals with dark fantasy and another deals with fractured fairy tales. What I found out? Only one was ready for publication. Why?

Let me start from the beginning.

We’ve all learned to write our first draft, revise, revise, revise, then share with critique partners, revise again, and hopefully it will sell.

Sometimes that works

But what happens if the poet can’t see what’s wrong with the poem? Even after he/she has followed all the steps.

YOU DON’T KNOW A PIECE IS NOT READY UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IT’S NOT READY.

You can’t drink a magic elixir to make you recognize the flaws in your work. So let’s go through the basic list. . .

RHYME  perfect rhyme, no slant rhyme or inversions to force the rhyme.

perfect rhymes - clown, crown, down, drown, frown, gown, noun, town

slant rhymes - done, brawn, bone, bummed, broad, crowed, ruin

METER -  perfect, flows from the tongue with ease. Meter is determined by the number of STRESSED or ACCENTED syllables—regardless of the number of syllables—in each line.

RHYTHMthe pattern of STRESSES in a line of verse.

So, with rhyme, meter and rhythm all working, what would make the poem not publishable?

Ask yourself the question . . . WHO is the poem for?


REMEMBER THESE FACTS. . .

1.    Vocabulary MUST be age appropriate. (Just because the word rhymes perfectly, does not mean the child will understand what the word means.)
2.    The writer MUST use concepts already familiar or easily interpreted by the child reader.
3.    Your poem MUST not be too long.

Are you sure your 300-word poem isn’t really a picture book?


These are just a few things to consider as you write a poem or poetry collection for children during this month of Poetry.

HERE IS MY CLEAVE POEM THAT WAS READY. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE CHILDREN'S POETRY COLLECTION

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems

Left column is one poem. Right column is another and when read horizontally it makes a third poem.

THE HAIL MARY PASS
@ Gayle C. Krause 2012

A football--                                         A team--
glides                                                 collides, as the ball rides
through the air                                    into the end zone,
to                                                      score!
excited hands,                                     fans
waiting,                                              anticipating
for its                                                 official call on fourth,
TOUCH                                               DOWN!

   


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BETWEEN NOW AND NEVER - A SECOND NOVEL & RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY





Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. 



BETWEEN NOW AND NEVER 

Book Description: A convict’s daughter should never fall for an FBI agent’s son, certainly not a teenager like Julianna Schultz who is furious over her mother’s incarceration and the injustice of it all. But that’s exactly what seventeen-year-old Julianna finds herself doing when Cody Rush, the cocky son of the FBI agent who put her mom behind bars, moves into her hometown of Gilbert, Arizona.
Cody Rush—studious, principled, athletic, good looking and blond to boot—is everything Julianna hates, or so she thinks. Yet a series of ill-fated events one night brings them dangerously close, entangling the futures of two people who were never meant to be.


Excerpt #1:

PHOTO BOOTH
We listen to the monotone voice reel off instructions. Four pictures. A light will flash before each picture is taken. How I ended up in this position I’m not sure.
“Quick,” I say, “what should we do?” A flash of light. Picture one down. Both of our mouths were hanging open, blank stares straight ahead.
We burst into laughter and can’t stop. A second flash. Picture number two: both of us laughing.
Our gazes meet and we pull ourselves together, his eyes never veering from mine. He leans toward me, coming halfway before pausing, his eyes seeking permission. I regard him with equal parts terror and anticipation, the intimacy of the situation whispering a thrill. He closes the distance between us and glides his nose through my hair. My heart rattles around as though this is the first boy I’ve ever been close to.
“Now smile,” he whispers into my ear. My cheeks burn despite myself and I feel the corners of my lips tugging upward. A flash of light signals the third picture and I am totally seduced.

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