August 18, 2014 by Jessica Wilson
I really enjoyed this thought provoking article about reading and buying the right book for readers in your life. Read this before you send that book to a friend or relative.
Jessica Wilson’s Reviews > Happenstance Found
Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber, #1)
by P.W. Catanese (Goodreads Author)
by P.W. Catanese (Goodreads Author)
Jessica Wilson‘s review
Jul 05, 14 · edit
Read from July 04 to 05, 2014
Wow! I have been searching for something like this for a long time (maybe years). This was a wonderful surprising cleverly written story that takes you on a journey to a world you never want to leave. I loved the main character Happenstance and all the mysteries surrounding him. Lord Umber is a character you root for and hope to see in the next installments as someone who will surprise you with more hidden bits of wisdom. Catanese is a great writer and has the ability to capture your attention with just a few lines. I am hooked and I am seriously going to invest in purchasing the series.
This is a great read and I suggest this to all writers.
Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:
A big headache for genre writing is that nearly every reader has their own set of rules about how that genre should work. They have their favorite authors and all others get compared to those ‘elite’. Any deviation is met with disagreement or outright rage because god forbid you have two fantasy authors who take different approaches to the genre. So I’m going to have a little fun here and go over a few rules that have been hurled my way over the years:
- YOU HAVE TO KILL CHARACTERS- No I don’t. Just because you have a disturbing blood lust doesn’t mean I have to give you a body count. We can’t all write ‘Game of Thrones’, which is actually a rarity in terms of death. 8 of the 9 Fellowship members survived Lord of the Rings. Drizzt is still kicking around since the 1980’s. Conan…
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Manuscripts. Why is it easier to write than edit? I can edit other people’s work. I have edit a novel that was over 500 pages. It took a while because I was doing a line by line. But editing my own work is so much harder. I have seen these words so many times that I simply can not see what to do with it. The solution: pay a professional to edit it; or tackle it backwards. Wait! Backwards? Yes, backwards. Why, do you ask? Well because when you read it starting from the last page it feels like a fresh manuscript and tricks your mind into thinking of the lines instead of where the story is going. This takes a lot of concentration. After a while, things should become easier. I have tried this for smaller works but nothing as large as my own novels.
I am embarking on the hated long journey of editing (at least for writers) and sometimes I will need a break. So I will do some research, I will read, and I’ll even waste time on the internet. Sigh Yeah, it is hard to stay on target.
If anyone has any pictures with help all on one page, send it to me. I would love to see it.
So enough whining. Time to get busy. If things become worse I will fall back on hiring some help. :)
Has anyone ever read a book where the POV switches from one character to another or the POV is unclear? I have, and at first I felt a little disoriented. The POV should be clear from the beginning of your story and continue the same way throughout the story. I loved reading Rick Riordan’s Red Pyramid. This was a great story about Egyptian Gods. But the story flip-flops POV between a brother and sister. They tell the story to you in a way though that is cute and very likable. Rick pulled this off in a children’s book that not a lot of people can do.
I have struggled with one of my stories switching POV, and now I have trimmed the fat. Yeah, I did the hard thing and took out some parts where the POV switches to another character. Some people might have liked it, but I didn’t want to confuse any readers.
After recently reading an article about Top Ten Mistakes new writers make I thought I would share some of them with you here:
- No clear POV- Children tend to relate to the POV character in a story. This is the person they will root for. Make it clear right from the start whose story is being told. Even if you have two main characters (twins, for example), you need to pick just one of these kids to be your POV character. And, it should go without saying, when writing for children, make sure your POV character IS a kid – even if Grandma has a big part in your story.
- Multiple POV’s – Unlike stories for adults, stories for children are generally told from only one POV. It isn’t difficult to maintain a single point of view once you get the hang of it. Just remember– if you are “showing” everything from your main character’s point of view, then he or she has to be present for everything that happens. I see stories all the time where the POV character suddenly leaves the room. Yikes! If your POV character wasn’t there to see or hear what went on, then we can’t see or hear it either.
This list goes on with other mistakes that have to do with other writing mishaps. You can read more mistakes at:http://www.absolutewrite.com/specialty_writing/top_ten.htm
So long story short, I had to do what was best for the story. Editing is the hardest part of writing, but well worth it.
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