- Never open a book with the weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.”
- Keep your exclamation points under control!
- Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Same for places and things.
- Leave out the parts readers tend to skip.
Here are some tips by a writer with a spare clean style. I like his work but know I've broken at least 4 of his rules. Must be that I'm reading John Steinbeck's East of Eden– a great book! (Oops, an exclamation mark!)
A nice present when I opened my mail today– the Polish cover of Mendel's Daughter. The book launch is in 2 months at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Quicker than I imagined.
This is the address for info on the Polish edition (in Polish.)
Some Great advice from Kurt Vonnegut
I've halted work on coloring my pages ( shucks, I was having such a good time) and have begun to rewrite. I'm cutting a lot of the first part of the book and taking it in a different direction– developing characters and plot.
Many of the images I'm posting won't all be into the final book...
Hope you like 'em anyway.
It has been over a year since I put paintbrush to paper (and Photoshop pen to tablet) and am really enjoying it.
This is the opening page of the second section (of 3) of my book. (As with most of the work posted, I need to add color.)
Drawing will halt for a bit as I review the text of this part. I haven't reviewed the writing in 8 months so I expect it will look new to me. I hope it isn't too awful.
Thanks go to Mrs. Marta Cabeza for inviting me to speak at Pembrooke Pines on Friday. Looking forward to meeting her and her students. (They are reading Mendel's Daughter in English Honors class.) Here's the article about my visit posted on the school's website– I love the photo of a worn copy of the book!