jay'L harris

How to Write Great Conversations

1:52:00 PM

If you are like me, you may have stumbled into your gift of writing. I wrote research papers and essays in college. I never dove into the art of creative writing.
Dialogue is conversations between characters. This can be difficult to write if you don't know what you are doing. I learned from my first book, Unlikely Love, without proper formatting for dialogues the conversation is confusing to readers.  As authors, we never want to confuse our readers. Our message must be clear and concise.  As authors, we are only as relevant as our fan base wants to read our books.

Since investing in school is not an option for me right now, I read articles to help me improve my writing skills. Sites like Writer's Digest are a great place to learn more about the art and business of writing.  

Robert Lee Brewer of Writer's Digest gives Five Tips for Editing Dialogue. He suggests reading the dialogue out loud to make sure it sounds natural. When the words come across stale,he calls this Wooden Dialogue. Wooden Dialogue can be repetitive and make it difficult to read for your audience.

book clubs

Where are the Book Clubs?

4:32:00 PM

Are Bookclubs Obsolete?

Book clubs are social outings for like-minded people to discuss books.  A conglomerate of people attend these gatherings. People gather to share their opinions about their favorite author.  In the high-tech age of social media, book discussions happen online in chat rooms and conference calls. They offer conveniences but are they personable?  

I often attend book clubs as an author. I learn more about my readers in this type of setting. Book clubbers thoughts are honest, and I use this information to gain greater insight on my audience.  After attending a meeting for a book club, I notice many attendees were from my mother and grandmother's generation. Health became the topic of discussion. Age is a one factor for the lack of attendance.  The club desires to grow, but the limiting of genres they read keeps interested readers out the club.  When the last person succumbs to illness, the book club will cease to exist.

Book clubs are valuable. They foster connections and build community. They help us to grow spiritually and culturally.  If traditional book club die, where will young authors like myself have a chance to grow?

What are your thoughts?