Reading to empower writing!

For new writing to flourish, I’m currently reading credible fiction to emulate. That’s not classed as copying but I’m acknowledging strengths in other’s manuscripts. Completing reviews of these works will encourage those authors and help me become more aware of powerful writing techniques. Writers can help one another improve our craft through such collaboration. Do you wish to join me?

Have you any suggestions of good empowering books to improve my style?

Thanks for reading. Download my reasonably priced new adult suspense novel for an idea of where I’m coming from. See myBook.to/pollyjwhite

I appreciate your support as a newbie writer.

 

 

 

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Old fashioned fruit cake treat!

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This Christening cake has been under construction since November. I’m happy to have finished it for a real deadline. There have been layers involved similar to those techniques required in creative writing. Polishing involved several editing tasks; things seen and unseen. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating…

The baby it was made for is only six months older than the cake that was definitely designed with parents in mind. This fruit is laced with rum so will deliver a kick! I’m making healthier puffed rice nibbles for the little ones, fear not.

The daisies are edible and sweet indicative of the young life they represent. Yay!

My debut novel for New Adults is less palatable, maybe? My next writing recipe includes short stories. To make them palatable or tasty? That is the question.

Reality may well prioritise. I don’t want to induce sickness but good health.

Book Giveaway

Yay! My suspense novel, ‘What If I Go?’ is safely on its way to another happy reader. Thanks for taking part in my book giveaway.

Also, there are still free PDF’s available for reviewers. Just ask, I’ll sort it.

Trusting that the springlike fine weather is fast upon us. I’m enjoying chocolate so much recently that what-if-i-go-001-1salad days are looming…

Don’t forget that the ebook can be downloaded very reasonably, if you are one of the disappointed. Please go here for further details- myBook.to/pollyjwhite

Novel Freebie

Do you want to win a signed copy of my book?

An empowering Easter treat is going to be won. For a free copy of the  -What If I Go? paperback. Just RT and follow me to have a chance of receiving a copy. An ideal . Good luck!

Go here:https://twitter.com/pollyjwhite4 to join in the fun. Please Like to spread the word.

Happy Easter for the winner. Watch this space for news.what-if-i-go-001-1

More Truth About Writing

An extract from the Mystery Thriller Week-

Let me tell you, being a writer can be terrifying. All I know is that I couldn’t write stuff that didn’t matter. So without giving too much away, my debut novel is about grooming and sexual exploitation. It is written using alternating chapters from the POV of protagonist and those who control her. As the story progresses, we hear more from those who genuinely care for her, though. The alternating voices allowed for some troughs as opposed to the heightening, teenage tension. Using contrasting perspective was interesting.
I was made aware of this in a book a read called ‘Amity & Sorrow.’ This is where Peggy Riley used alternating voices from the three main characters along with contrasting timelines! She explained, there were 2 POVs in 3rd. That involved 3 timelines – 2 forward, 1 backward. Her intelligent fiction was based on the Waco Siege. I found this compelling novel from Little Brown & Co. works well. The historical fiction is about escaping cult life and was an inspiration. I highly recommend it.
False expectation leads to rude awakening for my character, Grace. She seeks the whole ‘good life’ package, instead she’s tagged with an AKA that is undeserved. The intolerable injustice of her story is traumatic; on a journey through coming-of-age she deters others following along that slippery path. I give fair warning to readers that there is a rape scene.
We owe it to the reader to be authentic and hopeful in fiction. Getting the balance is the thing! Right?
Basically, Grace learns the hard way from her experience. That is what a protagonist’s job is, I believe. Then, I found her character profile develop adding layers as she matured. I guess a distinguishable character profile is really useful for crime writing in general…
No spoilers here. The bringing of the 74,000 words together was tricky. Outlining might have helped! The answer, this time was to chunk it into 50,000 word slots and line those up with chapter details. Was there an easier way, I wonder to order a runaway manuscript?
Lastly, I was wondering whether ‘happy ever after’ endings work, now days?
Did they ever?

Truth

 

TRUTH OR DARE?

Hello there. Thanks for popping by.

You may well be wondering why I wrote about such a difficult topic as sexual exploitation.

Well, it wasn’t easy.

Unfortunately, it’s in the news all the time here in the UK and it forever loomed large on may radar. I made fiction based upon research indicating that permutations of Grace’s story are drenching our society and that across Europe. Grooming has been a guilty secret hidden for tens of years.

My thriller/suspense aspires to tip off students to the dangers of falling prey to gangs.

I suppose my protagonist plays the ultimate game of truth or dare. As a safe person, it was terrifying going down to the underworld with my protagonist. How else could I have revealed the shocking exploits of perpetrators, otherwise?

Romans 5:3-4 tells us

..because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Is that what Rayne Hall meant when discussing Managing Tension with peeks and troughs, earlier in the Week? See Mystery Triller Author Hour.

Grace went ahead naively travelling to the UK thinking her life would be sorted. She finds out that she made herself vulnerable but got embroiled in the world, too late. Admittedly, bad things happened, but really, it is never too late to brush herself off and find contentment. My story is about having faith.

 

Thriller Readers

Come along to meet up at my Mystery Thriller slot.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1441033655909086/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1487361582362928

See here for loads of good novelpower ideas https://mysterythrillerweek.com/the-thriller-book-cellar/

Have a great weekend.

Reviewers R Reading!

This is where my What If I Go? reviews are heading, soon…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34145246-what-if-i-go

I am so excited. Thanks to all those busy reading. Those who bought the paperback as it’s more their thing, I am most grateful for your comittment to the task.

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