The Writers Road

A journal of my trip.

Just for the record….

Hi All,

I wanted to restate that these blogs I post, most of them by Susan Wingate, are NOT my own writings or ramblings they are hers. In my quest to stay relevant and in the mix out there in cyber world I post stuff I deem good content and hers certainly qualifies. In the near future I will make a post about my situation, my private life I mean, so my friends can understand what has been going on with me and why I have not been nearly as active in blogging and writing as I wanted to be by this point.

Thanks for your love and support, I will talk to you soon, in the meantime I leave you in the professionally capable, and entertaining hands of a bestselling and cool lady – Susan Wingate.

December 12, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

I Don’t Believe You! How’d You Do That?

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

Lately, I’ve been finding great joy in writing anti-heroes where my main character (or a central character) has some pretty big problems. Double that with a sense of unreliability in the character and that character will have automatic depth.

Let’s look at the anti-hero.

122014-antiheroThe character will have a few flaws but will also be the person in your novel expected to “save the day.” His (or her) flaws can run lightly or severely. Here are a few examples from books and even movies if you can believe it.

I’m using movies too because even though they may not come in the form of a book, someone must write them to create the story.

Arthur: this character is a happy drunk (a comedy)

The Giver: this character is a gullible boy (literary fiction/children’s)

The Wedding Planner: an overly controlling woman who has many rules for herself (romantic comedy)

Anna Karenina: a man who refuses to conform…

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December 12, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 2 Comments

Eleven Steps to becoming a successful writer–it all Starts in the Morning

Eleven Steps to becoming a successful writer–it all Starts in the Morning.

December 5, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

Author Interview – Susan Wingate – The Deer Effect

Author Interview – Susan Wingate – The Deer Effect.

November 22, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

After the Push and Back, I #amwriting #novels Again

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Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

So, I’m going to write everything with hashtags from now on. #imsohappytobehome #icouldweep.

Think about it. To read an entire book filled with hashtags? Get ready. I’m sure someone will think writing that way will be the next best thing. If they do… #howawful #itwillbe #toread. :)

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Hey. Listen. My dear friend, Deb Lund is a children’s book author and instructor of writing. She’s developed these awesome practice cards for writing called “Fiction Magic: Card Tricks and Tips for Writers.” These cards come complete with a guidebook and are full of fun writing prompts to spur on your creativity. You cannot help but start dreaming up new stories as you look through these truly magical cards. I’m having so much fun with them. Anyway, you can learn more about Deb and her Fiction Magic cards by heading over to Deb’s website: www.deblund.com

The first time I ever met Deb Lund was at the

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October 30, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

A Writer’s Conference of Great Distinction on Whidbey Island

Writer pal Susan Wingate is also a teacher of the craft of writing. I hope, myself, to soon be a student and improve my writing. I’ve found that at or after a certain point you really do need help from someone with more developed skill and a trained eye. Take a look at this and follow Susan too.

 

 

A Writer’s Conference of Great Distinction on Whidbey Island.

October 13, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

New Cover Reveal for “The Deer Effect”

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

I think I lovethis re-do on the cover. This is the final. Whatcha think?

You can read the first 19 chapters of this story onWattpad.

If you like the beginning of this story, please tell your friends! I need some new shoes… in all colors. :)
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September 28, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

9 Weeks Until the Release date Makes for 9 Free Chapters of “The Deer Effect” – A Novel of Loss & Hope

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

I began writing THE DEER EFFECT because of a dead fawn I spotted one day as I walked my dog on a regular jaunt around our neighborhood. It broke my heart to see its little body. Sometimes beauty is broken by cruelties.

We live on an island and take walks past two lolling curves to a stretch of road that gives spectacular beauty–a view of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. From that point, we can see where the upper tip of the Olympic peninsula and the lower tip of Vancouver Island meet. It looks like you could walk across the water to get from one to the other. But the view is gorgeous out there. It’s also gorgeous inland where we walk around acres of field where a herd of fat milk cows graze with deer on tall Timothy grass and where poplars bend yellow in the breeze and where the yellow of…

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September 6, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

A Start, A Stop–A Thriller

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

Here’s a piece that I began over a year ago, a start to a thriller. Since a year’s passing, several other paying projects came up and I had to abandon this story–but only for a little while. After the holidays I intend to pick it up again and continue its writing. Hope you enjoy this start. 

THE HUNGER EATER by Susan Wingate

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Her hand throbbed. A bloody smudge curdled like wet coal in the dark on the keyboard. The blood came from a quick slice of broken glass on her right index finger.

Bella Banning gasped when a sudden flock of Canada geese burst through the moonlit fog, past her open window. They held a strict stealth jet formation.

The dog’s slumbered breathing soothed her. She needed soothing. The place looked bad with the dead guy lying on the floor. And next to her pot of trailing nasturtiums? Terrible. The place looked…

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August 15, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 2 Comments

Novel Excerpt: Chapter Five, “A Sadder Season” by Susan Wingate

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

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CHAPTER FIVE of “A Sadder Season” by Susan Wingate

Jay’s Story

The thought of “for better or for worse” didn’t comfort Jay. Clothing heaped around the washer and dryer in dirty but separated piles. A sudden flash of anger shot through him. Everything lately angered him—if the sun rose in the morning, if it set, if birds chirped by the window, if they flitted off.

“Be nice to get this laundry done,” he wanted to start a fight. His voice broke the morning quiet but she didn’t respond. He huffed around in the laundry room. He slammed the dryer door and hauled out a load of clothing of darks, whites and everything in-between. This was Meg’s job. His mood tanked and he opened and closed the dryer door harder this time. He knew Meg was running on neutral, that she was barely making it. Her engine had all but stopped and here he…

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August 6, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

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