Storycraft 101

Make your readers an offer they can’t refuse.

We have covered a lot of the technical aspects of writing. All of those are important. You want your manuscript to be well-edited and as error-free as possible. You want a nice cover, because you never get a second chance to make a first impression. You need a nice cover blurb that will hook the reader and invite further exploration.

Problems in any of those areas can cause a reader to hate your book. Good storycraft is the one thing that can cause a reader to love your book in spite of problems in those other areas. You can actually see evidence of this in reviews. You do not see reviews that call the author’s sparse use of the semicolon and deft application of commas breathtaking. The cover might sell a book, but it is rarely the subject of a line in a review. A good book is nothing more than a good story well-told. That is storycraft.

I break storycraft into seven elements: Authenticity, Authority, Continuity, Character Growth, Foreshadowing, Pacing, and Resolution. Continue reading “Storycraft 101”

A Reviewer’s Blues…new blues…

I’m going to have another little moan. Oh for goodness sake, I hear you say, what’s the grouchy old moaning minny’s problem now? (Er, less of the ‘old’ please). Yes, I can see you over there, rolling your eyes…

Well, yes, it is a moan. A real moan.

At the risk of sounding like a frog, here goes. Edit, edit, edit. Continue reading “A Reviewer’s Blues…new blues…”

Book Brief – Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip

Dissolute KinshipDissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip
by  David Antrobus
Genre: Nonfiction
6,000 words

When David Antrobus set out on a personal, reflective solo road trip from the Pacific Coast of Canada to New York City, he picked a random date: Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

This coincidence, despite the horrors of that day, proved oddly serendipitous in the sense of the author’s struggle for understanding of his own relatively small trauma, which he was then only beginning to face.

Evocations of the quiet melancholy of the landscape alongside poignant descriptions of grain elevators, motels, convenience stores and gas stations as he heads eastward across the Canadian Prairies are complemented by the dawning reality of New York City’s wounded presence looming ever nearer. Upon arrival, the author is at first haunted by the visceral horrors that remain just days after the attacks on the World Trade Centre, yet finds unexpected comfort in the people of the city as they relate their own personal trauma stories.

This title is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. Continue reading “Book Brief – Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip”