Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’

Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
October 19, 2018

They gathered at the bookstore

John Schneller led 11 TWS members gathered in the writers circle through critiques of the works of seven of their colleagues. Here is some of what was shared:

Lisa McDougal (chapter 6, The Tebow Family Secret): There was some confusion about why Adam gave Jessica a Sprite instead of a beer when she asked (under age). It was suggested that the African mask be made less valuable so that it would be more believable that Adam would have it. Also to rework line about camera being new. Tracey recommended I change the lines from the movie because of copy right issue. Larry thought the ending wasn’t subtle enough.

Millie Mader (Short story, rewrite, “Stone Cold Stripper”): My only contribution is that I’m going to do more rewriting. (sigh!!)

Jack Freiburger (chapter 18, A Walk Upon the Water):

Bob Kralapp (short story, part 1, “Capacity”): (more…)


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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
September 8, 2016


The first word . . .

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.” – Stephen King (1947- ), novelist/short story writer


Millie Mader, published author!

Said Millie in a recent note, “Just letting you all know that my novel is now available on Nook and Kindle!!!! Without Pat’s help it could never have been published. I did credit Tuesdays, and I thank all of you for the years of helpful critiques – especially Jerry.”

Here are the links so you can download Millie’s ebook, Baby Blue:

– Kindle . . . Baby Blue on Kindle

– Nook . . . Baby Blue on the Nook

Now do one more thing. Go to Millie’s book pages on Amazon and B&N and post a review of Baby Blue.


Who’s up next . . . (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
April 7, 2016


Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.” – Stephen King

Here are some things I have found interesting.

Writing sources:/Blogs/Places to learn extra writing stuffJ

http://thewritepractice.com  Joe Bunting is the founder of the Write Practice. He loves the sound of a good sentence and would like to think of himself as a literary snob but can be kept up far too late by a page turner meant for thirteen-year-old girls. He would like for you not to know that, though. He lives with his wife, Talia—of the extraordinary food blog taliabunting.com, and two sons in Atlanta.

I found this an interesting place to discover new books. http://delanceyplace.com/index.php. I get an email from them everyday with a short summary of the latest non fiction book they recommend. Today’s book was about Octopusus. Here is a little blurb. (more…)

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Tuesdays With Story
November 5,2015

Nov. 2nd Meeting

Lisa- The Tebow Family Secret, Chap42, A Trusted Friend  Alicia thought the plot moved well.  Pat suggested that the reason for Sadie’s presence in this chapter be explained.  Rest of the group thought it moved well.

Millie– Poem, “Using The Pen To Heal”, Lisa thought there were two voices in each stanza, in the alternating stanzas.  Pat liked the line “Life will turn new pages.”  Bob suggested writing from last stanza back.  Cindi felt like it was a poem in which narrator is counseling others.  Alicia suggested adding in some personal anecdotes in between.

Bob– “Letters”, Part 2.  Alicia liked anecdotes about the war.  Group suggested that Bob put more steaminess into the letters so as we know why they’re to be kept from the kids.  Cindi asked about the main character.  Bob said the main character is the husband and that his reactions to the letters give ideas of how he was as a young man.

Amit and Kashmira- 1st and 2nd chapters—Lisa felt Kedar seemed more interested in keeping friends than getting back to Uma, his fiance.  Everyone liked the chapters.  Amit said that beginning with Uma’s preparation for wedding started story off on softer foot, than beginning with Kedar in middle of the crisis and chaos of the division of the country.  Alicia suggested they put in a short prologue to explain the historical conflict, and to add in a map of the region, as well. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
May 7, 2015

He said it . . .
“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” – Stephen King (1947-), horror/sci-fi/fantasy novelist

Who’s up next . . .
May 12: Jim Salimes (chapter 1, Tones of Home), Carol Hornung (scene, The Ghost of Heffron College), and Jeannie Bergmann (2 poems).

May 19: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (chapter, Stone), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Flamingo”), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 5-8, Killing Ham).

May 26: June 2 : Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), Millie Mader (???), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 20, Coastie Girl), and Andy Brown (chapters, The Last Library).

Our May editor . . .
Jerry Peterson is our editor this month for Writers Mail. Send your good stuff to him. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
February 4, 2015

 He said it . . .

“You know, sometimes people say to me, ‘Why do you choose to write that creepy stuff?’ And I usually say, ‘What makes you think I have a choice?’ ” – Stephen King, novelist/short story writer (1947- )

 Neither snow nor sleet nor dark of night . . .

 Yes, Madison got three inches of snow yesterday afternoon and evening, making a mess of rush-hour traffic. Nonetheless, four first-and-thirders proved they had no fear of winter’s worst and trekked into B&N.

Kashmira Sheth and Amit Trivedi (chapter 12, novel) – This story, set in 1947 India after the partition of India and Pakistan, is about the love of two young people frustrated by circumstances over which they have n o control. The major discussion centered on when is the best time to provide a detailed description of a character, when the character first appears in the story or when the character becomes important to the story? (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
January 22, 2015

“Even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good – they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray – and shades of gray are also a part of life.” – Stephen King, novelist/short story writer (1947- )

Who’s up Next?
January 27: Liam, carol, Jen, Rebecca, and Ruth.
February 3: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Mike Rickey (poems), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 11, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 60, Life on Hold), and Judith McNeil (???).
February 17: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 12, Coastie Girl), Andy Brown (chapter, The Last Library), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), and Jerry Peterson (chapter 7-8, Rooster’s Story).

Self-publishing Guides
You’ve finished your novel. You published yourself on the top e-book sites. Now what?! As the publisher, you have full control, but also have full task responsibility for marketing. A quick search of the Wisconsin library LinkCat shows well over a hundred results to help you on your way – for free! http://www.linkcat.info/cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl?idx=&limit=&q=Self-publisher (more…)

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