Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Local Author Book Fair

A Good Book is once again having it's Local Author Book Fair. Here are the details. I plan to be there. How about you?

A Good Book is proud to announce the start of registration for our 2007 Local Author BookFair to be held on Saturday, August 18th, 2007 10am-6pm. This year the Book Fair will be held at the Woodlawn Recreation Center located at 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207. Even though this is called Local Author Book Fair, authors from all over are invited to participate.

Portions of the proceeds from this Book Fair will also benefit Patsy's Reading Circle. An innovative reading program developed for homeless men in downtown Baltimore City. It provides academic enrichment, fellowship & encouragement for adult males who do not have access to
educational resources.

Early registration fee is $55, after July 15th the fee will be $75.

I am ENCOURAGING all LOCAL authors who have their books stocked at A Good Book to participate in this event. If you are interested please register at A Good Book

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Write Away

I just had to write my own little review of this wonderful book. It's one of the best writing books I've read and I've read a lot. What Ms. George does is not only let you in on her own (very intricate) writing process but also through her novels instructs you by example on plot, character development, point of view, how to use research, etc. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from John Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel, which he wrote while writing East of Eden. This demonstrates something she suggests doing which is journaling while you write your novel. Steinbeck's musings are an intimate look into his thoughts while writing. As great a writer as he was, you'll be glad to know he suffered the same insecurities we do. Write Away is a priceless addition to any serious writer's collection. I borrowed it from the library but I intend to get my own copy. I know I'll be referring to it again and again.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Why I Write

This is one of the exercises from a book I read not long ago. I've forgotten which one but I found it in a notebook and decided to reproduce it here to remind me why I write. At some point I expect my writing fears will change. In fact, I believe they already have.

I write because I enjoy it and I'm good at it. Writing my last story was worthwhile because it captures an aspect of childhood people can relate to. The fun of writing happens when you find exactly the right words in the right order to convey exactly what you want to say or to evoke exactly the place, time or emotion you want to realize. In spite of the struggle, I'm willing to keep writing because it is part of my God-given purpose. I have something to say that children need to hear.

I'm afraid to write because sometimes it just seems too hard. I don't think I'll be able to say what I want to say the way I want to say it. (Read: not good enough.) I have trouble getting started because I have trouble getting started with most things in my life. Once I do start I have to commit to the thing. Starting means I'll have to finish, or worse, live with the guilt of not finishing. So sometimes it's better not to start. My worst fears about writing are that I won't do it well and that I won't finish what I've started.