At the next Novel Writers Workshop scheduled this Thursday, we’ll tackle the synopsis. By following some basic suggestions, each writer will compose a one-pager and the rest of us will critique and offer our own suggestions. The goal? To produce one to entice an editor/publisher to read the manuscript instead of putting them to sleep.
The workshop on SCENE & SEQUEL The Building Blocks of your Novel, was excellent. We had a good turnout, the bookstore was quiet so we could interact without interruption, and we met a couple of new members. One woman even traveled from Apple Valley, so I thought that was great.
For the first section, SCENE, I explained how to construct one, what it should include and what NOT to include and passed out templates I use when writing my novels. I asked the members to fill in the blank spaces with information from their own novels so they could see more clearly the issues of their own scenes, what’s important and what is not. Each member read their sections, and we, as a group, offered suggestions on how to make their scenes more dynamic.
For the next workshop, we’ll talk about the SEQUEL, and again I’ll hand out templates so they can identify more clearly what should be included.
I’m very proud of our members, which includes a husband & wife team who writes historical romance, and their first novel was recently published; a woman who has published through a Christian novel publisher; and we have newbies – writers who are just beginning their journeys. It’s exciting to watch them understand the technique they have heard about but may not have understood its use. I’m happy to help them along the way.
I’ve been wavering between writing another paranormal or going back to the mystery/thriller genre and I’ve finally decided—rather a certain character has me more intrigued right now, so, I’ve begun a new mystery/thriller with a touch of the paranormal:
After a near-fatal accident down a Colorado mountainside, a police sketch artist awakens from a coma with visions of murder, compelling her to join the search for a serial rapist who’s escalated to murder. Coming to terms with her new ability taxes her marriage, threatens her sanity, and finally, her life.
Hope you’ll like it!
For yourself or as a gift for the thriller reader:
And Justice for Her, a boxed set of my 3 mystery/suspense Kindle thrillers, priced right for the season.
I’ve listened to the narrator and think she did a fantastic job. What do you think? Under the cover, click on Listen to the Sample:
Harlequin’s WorldWide Mystery Division just offered a contract for the paperback rights to With Full Malice. Hooray! Since the book has already been released in hardback from my current publisher, Gale/Cengage, the mystery/thriller will be reprinted in paperback and offered to Harlequin’s mystery subscribers.
But don’t hold your breath. It took about a year after signing the contract with Gale/Cengage for the book’s actual release. With as many lines–categories & sub-categories under the Harlequin umbrella, and most featuring new books each month–it’ll probably be a year or more before the paperback is ready to go. But since Harlequin is such a huge publisher, it’s still exciting news to me.
In the meantime, if you’d like to read it now, it’s currently available in hardcover & on Kindle:
“A likable heroine, a deadly conspiracy, a white-knuckle climax – Brenda Hill’s With Full Malice has it all!”
Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Faces
“The premise of Hill’s third is certainly arresting, and the story holds your interest.”
“From its opening chapter to its stunning conclusion, WITH FULL MALICE is a thought-provoking, first-rate novel.”
The Big Thrill
International Thriller Writers
4 Stars – Compelling Page-Turner
“Hill draws the reader into a chilling tale of suspense.”
RT Book Review Magazine
Need to learn or brush up on the craft of writing? Join my novel writers group in Redlands, CA. At our next meeting we’ll critique opening pages, so critical to a writer’s success – or failure. If you’re writing a novel, published or aspiring, feel free to join us for sessions on the different techniques:
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Single mother Tracy Michaels struggles to support her nine-month-old son as a tour guide in a Denver Victorian museum. Hoping for a better life, she changes hours to allow for classes at a tech school. Hurrying home after a late shift, she’s attacked, beaten and raped. She survives, but he’s watching her, threatening her baby’s life if she talks.
In the hospital, Tracy panics when when police show up in her room. What if he’s watching? She tries desperately to get rid of them, but Sergeant Reese Sanders is convinced she holds the key to a serial rapist that led to his sister’s death the year before.
Forced to run, Tracy seeks shelter in a safe house. With her counselor’s guidance, she discovers inner strength and courage, qualities she must test when her assailant finds her and demands she meet him.