Food for thought

What makes a good book good?

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When studying literature I am taught the story is not good unless the writer pays attention to craft. Every scene has a purpose and every character is placed for the good of the whole story. I am an avid reader; I am also a student studying the craft hoping that one day I can create a masterpiece worthy of reading. Every book I read the voice of my instructors appear in my thoughts. How was the character development? What is the climax in the story? A bunch a questions hit me all at once, when I’m finished assessing I can’t tell if I enjoyed the book or not. There are also books I come across when I read work from an inexperienced writer and I enjoy the book, with the exception of a few grammatical or formatting errors the book takes me hostage and releases me at the end of the last page.

I am not saying that craft has no place, I have read books from authors who use craft as an ingredient crafted masterfully to produce a satisfying reading delight. Their creativity is mostly showcased, using craft as a spice to enhance but not to overpower their literary dish.

My question to you my experienced writers “How do I know what rules I follow and what rules I can break when I study them all? Is there rules for each genre? Or am I doomed to figure out my personal style as a writer by winging it, using  readers as test dummies to see what works? I know where imagination is concerned, there are no rules. How do I practice the craft without being a slave to the rules, or a rebel against all rules? Neither is a good place, I am trying to find my balance.

I want to thank all of my followers for reading and following my posts. Feel free to post your comments, advice or reactions in the comment box.

Thank you again

Sincerely Elle

 

 

Book review

Review: The Matchmaker’s Playbook

As an avid reader when you’ve read a lot of books, you start to realize good books are hard to find. Until my buddy Amazon came along, I love that I receive emails with books that fall into my interests. I discovered the matchmaker’s playbook in my daily romance newsletter from Amazon and I decided to give it a try. I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and the book was available for me to read for free. This is my honest review of this book.

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook starts off as Ian Hunter a playboy and former NFL recruit is waiting for a woman, as you read further you learn about his service to women. He’s a player  who after seeing his sister settle, decided to help good women gain confidence to attract the men that they deserve. With the help of his best friend Lex, Wingmen Inc. was born.

Blake Olsen is one of the guys, she came from a small-town to follow her childhood friend  whose she’s secretly has a crush on to college. She reaches out to Wingmen Inc. to help her snag her crush, only to find out that the obnoxious and hot Ian Hunter is the key to her happiness.

Will Ian help Blake snatch the attention of her childhood crush?

The matchmaker’s playbook is a love story following Ian Hunter the playboy who doesn’t think he deserves love and Blake Olsen a sexy tomboyish nursing student who shows him he needs it.

The story sucked me in from the first page; I enjoyed the high-resolution pictures and rich graphic images.  The  book was moderately paced and the author did not bore me with irrelevant fluff. The story was expertly presented in a manner that kept me locked in from start to finish. I enjoyed the imagery;the surroundings were explained tastefully not taking away from the story. I would definitely recommend this book as a light read. Ms. Van Dyken did a great job with the other characters, she gave just enough to intrigue me so I was emotionally invested in all  the characters at the end of the book.

If I could describe this book in a few words I would say its fun, sexy and light-hearted. Love comes in different forms and this was a cliché free romantic adventure.

I provided a link to The Match maker’s playbook below.

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No book is perfect, but this was a great read.

Currently reading book#2

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Updates

Book Review: coming soon

I special thank you for all the tips I’ve received yesterday, it was extremely helpful. I am currently trying to find the best one that fits me.

The Matchmaker’s playbook by Rachel Van Dyken has held me hostage for a few days.

It is a great read and I hope to share my thoughts with you very soon.
Thank you for visiting

Sincerely Elle

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The Reader : How does the modern day writer find time for reading?

Gone are the days that as a writer all you were responsible for was the proper maintenance of your typewriter and a good manuscript. People were able to write a story, hand it to their editors and relax. Now you’re responsible for  your manuscript being error free, well-developed and developing a platform to help set your project up for success. I am definitely not complaining my question is how do a writer balance a professional career while finding time to read?

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Reading is my first love.

To seasoned writers:

What are some strategies do you implement to balance reading time and your writing life?

You can place your tips in the comment section.

 

Thank you

Sincerely Elle

 

 

 

Creative writing prompt

Creative writing prompt #1

Thank you to all my followers, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.  As promised the writing prompt is as follows:-

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You woke up in a dark alley at night with nothing except the clothes on your back and a cellphone with one number in it. You touch your head and realize there is a small bump, you try to think back to how you got there but everything is a blur. You walk out the alley to a city that’s buzzing with lights and activity; the phone rings and you stare at it. In 500 words you can either write a story that recalls how you woke up in the alley or write a story about what happens next.

Rules

  • Don’t over think just write
  • Story no more than 500 words
  • Character must have a love interest

All creative stories must be emailed to ellewrites@outlook.com no later than Wednesday August 24th 2016 @ 4pm.

A special thank you to everyone following  this blog and good luck to all the participants.

Have a productive Tuesday

 

 

Updates

Creative Writing Prompt

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Deciding to become a writer is more than a choice, I believe it’s a calling. Everyone writes, anyone can write anything. Becoming a writer is a lifelong passion, one writes because creativity cannot be ignored. I write because there are ideas and feelings that need to be released. I write because it as natural as breathing. The craft of story-telling is a life-long journey of experience, living honestly, studying the do’s and don’t s and learning when to abandon the rules. Writer’s block is any writer’s enemy, it is best friends with procrastination. To help myself and any writer who wants to keep their creative juices flowing I have created some writing prompts.

These are the rules

  • Don’t over think just write
  • You have 24 hours from when the prompt is posted to email me your most creative response.

The next day I will post my creative response to the writing prompt. The writer with the best creative response will have their response posted and be invited as a guest blogger.

The goal is to have fun and to keep our creative juices following, you may even be inspired from a prompt.

The first creative prompt will be posted Tuesday August 23rd at 4pm, the deadline is Wednesday August 24th at 4pm.

All responses should be emailed to ellewrites@outlook.com

Thank you for visiting, until next time

Sincerely Elle