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by Sandy Tritt
Foreshadowing drops hints of what
may happen in the future. The main purpose of foreshadowing is to keep the
reader interested by adding suspense. It is very easy to use. It usually
consists of only one or two sentences, and is especially effective when
ending a scene or chapter.
Examples of foreshadowing:
Sam wished he could rid himself
of the sick feeling in his gut that told him something terrible was
going to happen, and happen soon.
Jackie didn’t know it at the
time, but this would be the last time he would see his mother alive.
Thunder rumbled in the
distance. The air was thick with tension and would soon explode.
Study what works in fiction you
admire. Notice the tools the author uses to enter the past or foretell the
future. Unless you are a writer, these techniques should appear invisible
and smooth. But as a writer, you must learn to use these techniques to add
punch to your own work.
(from Section 4, Workbook)
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AUTHOR-ME PAPERBACK - NOMAD: A REFUGEE POET
By Rais Neza Boneza
"Leave or Die," he was told. Driven
from home by the authorities in République Démocratique du Congo, Rais Boneza
escaped with his family and thousands of other dispossessed people. He shuffled
from one neighboring country to the next: Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. Border
guards purloined his writings. Arriving in Uganda he wrote again, creating
Nomad, a precious collection of his hopes, dreams, and an outcry for the
conditions he sees in the land he loves. Read his verses and experience the
hidden misery faced by a refugee in a land of political strife, bloodshed, and
yet – a brilliant promise.
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inspired work recreating
Make the Connection
—Good or Bad
by Edith M. Holmes
When I finished my novel, I cut the
computer off and told myself,
"You did it! You made the
connection." Like Oprah Winfrey
often says, I'd gotten in touch with
my feelings and wrote them down into a
novel: ‘PRESSIONS—Memoirs of a
I wanted to share the good news
with everybody and anybody. I just
knew a publisher would be interested
in the story. I wrote forty query
letters, and got ONE response.
Excited, I sent the first three
"I don’t like female
characters who are weak with
self-pity," the letter said.
"I like strong women who are
Well, I don’t like weak women
either, but—a very big
"but"—if you are bi-polar,
as my main character is, you have some
of the symptoms of riding the cyclone.
And weakness was one of them for her—at
least, in the beginning. Just like me.
You see, I'm bi-polar too. Apparently
the agent didn't want to read long
enough to find just how strong that
weak woman really was!
Never give up on your dreams.
Never! The Creator has many avenues.
One of them is self publishing.
Determined to overcome, I decided to
hire an editor, a Georgia girl just
like me. What I had to say didn’t
kill her in the writing and
re-writing! Now, she isn't just my
editor; she's my friend. I also chose Lumina
Press to publish the book.
Like the American Idol, Ruben
Studdard, I’m now fly without wings,
and still have my angels on my
shoulder. My editor and publisher are
my angels, and there are angels
waiting to help you too, in your dream
to be published. Don't let anyone
discourage you, and never, ever give
Edith M. Holmes is a 47-year-old
African-American woman living in the
Deep South of Georgia. As a disabled
American Veteran who suffers with the
bi-polar cyclone, writing is her
antidote for depression. She has
published articles in the local
newspapers in her hometown. Edith has
a wonderful husband and daughter whom
Edith enjoys writing about strong
women in ethnic and multi-ethnic
family sagas with a paranormal twist—her
way to give a voice to those who are
"special in a weird way"—the
Dream-Weavers, Psychics and Bipolar
Depression sufferers of the world.
Critiques by Sandy
Unlike most editors, I consider my role
to be a mentor or a coach. Instead of just telling you what is wrong, I
explain how to correct the problem, and I work with you to teach you how
to write effective prose. More than 50% of my business is repeat
business, and I relish establishing long-term relationships with other
Treat you with respect and compassion.
All criticism will be of the "constructive" sort. My purpose is to
improve your writing, not to destroy your confidence.
Mark your manuscript, correcting
grammatical and spelling errors and suggesting alternative wording where
Highlight areas that are especially
well-written, so you will know where your strengths are.
Where appropriate, offer suggestions for
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Return a two-to-four page written
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characterization, dialogue, special effects (flash forwards, flashbacks,
etc.), voice, point of view and any other areas particular to your work.
If appropriate, recommend reading or
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Read... Move Over Maharishi
By Dee Landerman
An ordinary housewife is catapulted into the unknown. For over twenty-five years with one foot in the other dimension, experiences visions, apparitions, and visits from the divine. As a Christian Intuitive with the ability to see into a person’s spirit, she experienced first hand where the departed go.
She shares her life
openly with you, with the intent to
give answers and direction for you to
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concerns and desires for America and
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Robbie Robot's Compendium
By R. T. Robot
AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
THE AUTHORME NEWSLETTER HAS ADDED A NEW WRITER TO ITS STABLE OF QUALITY
YES! IT IS I...ME...IT IS...( DRUM ROLL )...R. T. ROBOT!
( THAT WILL BE MY LITERARY NAME UNDER WHICH ALL MY TRIUMPHS WILL BE
OF COURSE, FOR THE NEWSLETTER, A MORE INFORMAL PUBLICATION, I SHALL SIMPLY
GO BY MY OWN NAME; ROBBY THE.
NOW, AN ANNOUNCEMENT!
I SHALL BE REPLACING KENNETH MULHOLLAND FOR THIS ARTICLE. KENNETH IS
UNABLE TO CONTRIBUTE DUE TO AN INCREASING WORKLOAD AND SEVERAL COMPOUND
FRACTURES OF HIS HAND EXTENSIONS. FINGERS, I BELIEVE THEY ARE CALLED.
( SEE AUGUST 2003 NEWSLETTER.)
A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT!
KENNETH HAS ASKED ME TO INFORM READERS THAT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION:
WHAT WAS LUCKY'S LUCKY NUMBER, IS 'SEVEN.'
THIS, TO ME DOES NOT COMPUTE. BUT
THEN I AM ONLY A SIMPLE ROBOT.
IT WOULD APPEAR THAT IN HIS
STORY, 'C'MON KIDS: TIME FOR A STORY DOWN AT THE OLD HOLLOW LOG.' HE ASKED
THIS POSER. THE CLUE WAS, 'KIDS, COWBOYS AND CHARACTERS.'
APPARENTLY THERE WERE SEVEN OF
AND ANYWAY, WHY WOULD INFANT GOATS WANT TO GO DOWN TO SOME OLD HOLLOW LOG?
NOW, WITH THESE FORMALITIES OUT OF THE WAY, WE CAN GET TO THE VITAL PART
OF MY ARTICLE.
GATHER AROUND: LADIES, GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN AND CONVERTIBLES.
WELCOME TO 'A ROBOT'S COMPENDIUM!'
YES, OF COURSE YOU MAY BE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE WORD. I MYSELF, FOUND IT IN
ONE OF YOUR HUMAN DICTIONARY BOOKS. A MEANING OF THE WORD 'COMPENDIUM' IS
'AN EMBODIMENT IN MINIATURE.'
I WOULD CALL MY OWN WORK EXACTLY THAT.
A PEARL OF WISDOM.
THOUGH ACTUALLY I HAVE EATEN BETTER.
AND NOW TO THE GIST OF THE MILL...OR IS THAT THE GRIST OF THE STORY?
HERE ARE SOME WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS, ACCORDING TO 'A ROBOT'S
THEY ARE A RANDOM SELECTION, JUST TO GET YOU, THE READER, ADJUSTED TO
WHERE I AM COMING FROM.
AND BELIEVE ME, THAT IS A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWA...
AHEM... I DIGRESS...
ACORN-GROWTH ON A SPANIARD'S TOE.
COFFEE-A SURCHARGE ON THE COMMON COLD.
IMPERSONATE-A SATISFIED CANNIBAL.
CROCODILE-PHONE AN OLD IRISH PERSON.
BULLET-A SMALL BOVINE CREATURE THAT CANNOT MAKE UP ITS MIND.
DONATION-THE MOST POPULAR DUNKING TREAT OF THE U.S.A.
HYPODERMIC-AN IRISH CATHOLIC WITH AN ILLNESS PHOBIA.
ABYSSINIA-DEAN MARTIN'S WAY OF SAYING GOODBYE.
BASEBALL-A SOIRÉE FOR MALE OPERA SINGERS.
BASKETBALL-A SOIRÉE IN AN ASYLUM.
HIPPOPOTAMUS-SMALL RODENT WITH PELVIC DISPLACEMENT, THAT DWELLS IN KITCHEN
JUSTICE-SAID AFTER, 'NO WATER THANKS...'
JEOPARDY-AN IRISH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
ASPRO-( WE WON'T GO THERE. )
ENORMOUS-LATIN FOR 'A GIANT RAT.'
MENACE-A MALE TENNIS PRO.
NIT-WIT-A HUMOROUS PARASITE THAT DOES LONG-STITCH.
ARITHMETIC-PERSONAL REGULAR FACIAL MUSCULAR TWITCH.
GRADUATE-JAPANESE FOR 'HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR MEAL.'
GRADUALLY-REPLY. LITERALLY, 'THANKYOU, I'M EATING SLOWLY.'
KLEENEX-SOMETHING HUMANS NEED BEFORE PUTTING ON A NEW SHIRT.
NONDESCRIPT-FRENCH FOR 'BOOK REJECTION.'
NONENTITY-FRENCH FOR 'FLAT CHESTED'.
OPEN-AN IRISH WRITING IMPLEMENT.
RUBBISH-RUSSIAN FOR 'MASSAGE'.
PATRIMONY-BORROWING CASH FROM YOUR DAD.
HAEMOGLOBIN-SPANISH FOR 'A MAN INSERTING A LIGHT BULB'.
GRADUATE OF ETON-JAPANESE-FORMAL FORM FOR 'GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOUR MEAL'.
ANTITHESIS-LATIN FOR 'THE SISTER OF YOUR AUNT'. LITERALLY-'YOUR MOM'.
AH YES, RAINDROPS ON NOSES AND WHISKERS ON MITTENS.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS.
BUT NOW, ALAS AND ALACK, TIME IS ITS OWN MASTER.
SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATORS.
HMM...ALLIGATORS-LEGGINGS WORN BY AMERICAN INFANTRY IN WORLD WAR ONE.
THIS ALL NEW WHIZZ BANG ARTICLE, WRITTEN BY ROBBY THE.
OH YES. OUT OF GOLDARN TIME AGAIN!
Editor - Australia