Appreciate the Master Writers

G. K. Chesterton

By Annette Rey

Who hasn’t heard of The Invisible Man (created by H. G. Wells)? He’s right up there with The Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein. He’s part of all the old, original “spook movies”. They existed long before the genre of Horror Movies and Slash Movies, blood for blood’s sake. But we often forget, our original “monsters” were first born in written stories.

I say all of this to introduce you to G. K. Chesterton, who wrote a short Father Brown story he titled The Invisible Man. It’s a strange tale about a type of invisibility and worth reading to examine the writing style. When you can learn to write like he did, Wow!, you’ll be up there with the masters.

Read this marvelous first paragraph from The Invisible Man and learn how to enrapture readers!

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Colorful, Catchy Narrative II

Radio Noir

In 2017 I posted one of my favorite articles on the gumshoe/street punk/police detective interactions on serial radio programs in the 1940s (read it). Not everyone owned a television set yet and home radio entertainment was a family event. Everything from sci-fi, comedy, horror, family, and mystery shows flowed into the ears of eager listeners.

I have Sirius radio in my car and listen to Radio Classics as I drive. I get a kick out of how the world was viewed then. And I admire the great writing of the programs I hear.

If you want to know how to give images to your work, to give your reader visuals of your story, listen to old radio broadcasts.

Following are great samples from one such program.

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Add Body Language to Your Writing

And Do It Subtly

By Annette Rey

You can read online articles and books about the craft of writing, attend writing workshops, speak with other writers, take writing courses, and all of that I suggest you do. But, what about those other moments in your life when you are sitting quietly and idly pick up a non-writing related book? How can you make those books writing-useful?

Perusing through the book Body Language by Dr. Glenn Wilson, it occurred to me how we writers can make use of information packed in practical books. As I read the material, my mind began creating lively and descriptive sentences for character interaction. We can insert meaning, motive, love, hate, regret, attraction, and more – and do so subtly – just by mentioning a character move, a raised eyebrow, a one-sided smile…

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Writers, Are You Stuck?

Awareness and Attitude

By Annette Rey

I came across this piece of profound wisdom and want to share it with writers and any person trying to maneuver through life’s journey.

When you need a lifeline, you need a reminder like this.

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Shop at Small Press

Spread the Wealth

By Annette Rey

Amazon gets a good share of the earnings of book lovers. I buy a lot of my books from Barnes and Noble, and make an effort to buy from independent sellers, as well.

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A Mystery Lover’s Site

A Mystery Connection

By Annette Rey

The Internet is full of information and I seem to mine its depth and find uncommonly known sites. I came across this one as I researched awards given to writers.

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Quotes and Authors Match Game

Peek Inside the Minds of Famous Authors

By Annette Rey

Writers work hard and need a break. Let’s have some fun with a writer’s related word game of some thought-provoking quotes. One statement on the list was said by an author’s main character. Two of the statements were said by one author.

The authors are: Dashiell Hammett, William Faulkner, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, and James Thurber

Answers at the end – no peeking!

1) I remained too much inside my head and ended up losing my mind.

2) Imagination is a good servant and a bad master

3) An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.

4) Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

5) Don’t get it right; just get it written.

6) I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.

7) I have not killed anyone. They will not let me.

Just a bit of interesting trivia – Have you ever wondered about the unusualness of Dashiell Hammett’s name? Dashiell was the maiden name of his mother. I read somewhere that he didn’t like it having been given him. And that is strange because his real first name was Samuel, yet he chose to go by Dashiell. He served in both WWI and WWII and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

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