Five Links 8/9/2020 Traci Kenworth

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Five Links 8/8/2020

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://stevelaube.com/realistic-language-in-fiction/ “I’m a former crime reporter and trauma survivor with lots of counseling writing a suspense novel. I’m trying to balance Christian fiction guidelines with the speech and behavior I’ve seen in police stations and at crime scenes. I’ve come up with some of my own ways to show through action that a cop is angry or frustrated, but can you guide us to some books where cops sound like cops without the swear words? I’m not a big fan of “he swore softly under his breath,” which I see a good bit. Also, is there such a thing as a character being too angry with God, as long as she turns back to him well before the story ends? 

I admire and understand that you want to be realistic. But since Christian readers are looking for uplifting fiction, I think you are safe focusing on the victory of God’s glory over the day-to-day grit of how some police officers and criminals might speak and act. At the same time, I agree that using the same dialogue as you would for small children would take the reader out of the story. Many an author before you has tackled this problem and succeeded. I recommend reading popular Christian authors writing in the suspense genre for guidelines. Here is an excellent link that will take you to 35 recommendations from Family Fiction online magazine. They often publish similar lists in various genres.”

2. https://megdowell.com/2020/08/07/10-things-youll-always-be-afraid-of-as-a-writer/

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Research & Fun Bits:

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Some Things More Serious:

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Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/released-curses-dark-and-foul/ “The title of the anthology has a rather grim connotation to it as well it should since all three stories involve a curse. Each of the stories places a main character in a situation of coping with an insurmountable challenge with a curse. Each one of the characters is in a situation where they likely have no way out but forward into the teeth of a inescapable fate. Dark and foul certainly well describes the circumstances for these characters which hopefully makes for an intriguing read.”

2. https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/amazing-you-a-celebration-of-individuality-by-connie-goyette-crawley-review/ “The book is about protagonist Jenna and an elephant Ed, a zebra Maxine, a hippo Sue, a giraffe Paul, a monkey Mike and a rhino Jax. Each of them have something about them which they see as a flaw and wish to change. The book has a fantastic message about embracing your individuality and respecting the differences in both yourself and other people. It is a lovely story of friendship and kindness. The illustrations are also wonderful and really get the author’s story across really well.

This was a joy to read. I think it’s wonderful that there is a book out there like this for children in a world where kids are not always encouraged to embrace their individuality and may face bullying. It shows that there is others out there who will not judge you with the same horrible cruelty and therefore the message the writer puts across here in a very entertaining and sweet way is a very vital message. It is also a great book for adults as it is a nice reminder to be confident in you as even we have moments where we forget to embrace who we are too. And it is a reminder to us all that everyone has insecurities about something too.”

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