Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Meet author, Chrys Fey. Today we're checking out her new title: Tsunami Crimes!

My Question for Chrys: What's the best writing advice you've ever been given? What's the worst?

"The best advice I’ve ever received did not come from another writer or a teacher or a family member or a friend. It came from me—Don’t give up. I was seventeen when I first told myself this. At that time, I wasn’t in school. I was suffering from depression and not sure how my life was going to get any better. But I didn’t give up. Instead, I started to rewrite a series from book one, page one. I reminded myself of my mantra several times since then, such as when I received rejection after rejection.

Don’t give up!

I continued to follow this advice even when I got the worst advice. And this awful advice came from my inner critic. Quit. My inner critic would become nasty when rejections poured in and I saw the success of other writers.

Just quit. Quitting is easier.

But the other voice in my head was louder.

Don’t give up!

That voice, that drive has shouted these words to me even recently when my inner critic, empowered by stress and depression, became uglier than ever before. 

Why put up with this anymore?

Quitting seemed smart, but I can’t quit. I can’t give up."

Well put! Thank you, Chrys.

Check out Chry's new release below!

Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.

This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson's men.

Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap.

If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.

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P.S. Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes are on sale for 99 Cents!

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series. She is a blogger, reader, auntie, vegetarian, and cat Lover. Get Lightning Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2.5) for FREE!



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG - Why "Show Don't Tell" is a confusing rule.

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group Post. IWSG is a safe place for writers to get together, share our insecurities, and offer feedback and support.

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In the past I thought show don't tell meant more dialogue, less exposition. My first two books are packed with conversations. 

I get it. When exposition sounds bad it roars like your drunk Uncle Steve at a karaoke bar. Exposition as backstory is like medicating your child who is a touch hyperactive. What was once an exuberant child is now a drooling overmedicated fat kid. Exposition can slow down and anchor a plot. Why put a torpedo bra on something that's already nicely shaped?

Inversely, exposition can be artfully done when you show don't tell.

But, we're storytelling. As storytellers being told "show don't tell" can be a bit confusing.

An example:
telling: Voodoo dolls lined the wall of the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge.
showing: Inside the Black Magic Voodoo Lounge dolls made of Spanish moss, dark twigs, and clay heads wrapped in paisley cloth stuck with multi-colored pins covered the wall facing the street.

Show don't tell simply means, don't be so damn lazy. When it comes to 'the rules of writing' I tend to overcomplicate what isn't complicated. Does anyone else do that?

Do you have a beef the show don't tell rule?