WOW Blog Tour Guest Post by Millie “Professor Gore” On How a Workshop on Screen Writing Made me a Better Writer!

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Guest Post by Millie “Professor Gore” On How a Workshop on Screen Writing Made me a Better Writer!

Hey everyone I have a special treat for you since I am a part of the Wow blog tour to promote All is Assuredly Well! , and I’m hosting an author today who wrote a guest post for the blog!

And here is the post on:

How a Workshop on Screen Writing Made Me a Better Writer

I hadn’t planned to attend the workshop session on screen writing at the conference. The screen writing workshop was a general session, so I selected one of the small breakout sessions because I never plan to write a screenplay. However, I realized within five minutes that the break-out session I’d chosen was for the rawest novice writers, and I was wasting my time. So I left.

I crossed the hall, slid into the back of the general session room, and plopped my butt into the closest chair on the back row. Within minutes, I was scolding myself for having missed part of the session.

Permit me to give you an overview of what I learned about dialogue in that session, along with a bit of what I’ve learned from other sources since that day.

Dialogue is action. Action can be your protagonist climbing down a fire escape, or it can be your protagonist telling a fireman that her cat is inside. I’d thought that dialogue and action were separate entities. They’re not. Dialogue is a type of action. Action can be your protagonist swallowing a microchip, or it can be her saying, “Our only way out is through the sewer.”

Dialogue must move the story forward in some way. If it doesn’t, it’s distancing the readers from your story. And they’ll stop reading.

Dialogue moves the story forward by fulfilling one of five functions.

First, dialogue as action can reveal information about your character. In Apocalypse Now, Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore says, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” My goodness. That tells us a lot about who he is. Napalm kills people. In the most horrible fashion.

In my award-winning WOW story, An Adventuresome Sort of a Person, Madeline says to an accordion player, I will pay you handsomely to come home with me and play for an hour. Come along,” she commanded. From that one line of dialogue, what do you know about Madeline?

Second, dialogue as action can reveal information about your story. In Apollo 13, Tom Hanks says, “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” (I get chills writing that!)

In the WOW story, I used this dialogue to reveal information about the story. Madeline’s secretary rushed into her library. “Madam, what is the meaning of all this? You disappear for hours, you come home with a pretzel tied around your neck, and you bring an accordion player for tea? Have you lost your mind?”

Third, dialogue as action can set the tone. “I see dead people.” This line from Sixth Sense certainly sets the tone, doesn’t it?

In my award winning short story, Knight, about a little girl whose mother has schizophrenia, these lines of dialogue set the tone. “The dragon is breathing fire,” Mama whispered.  She buried my head in her bosom till I couldn’t breathe.  “Don’t make a sound.”

 

Fourth, dialogue as action can set the scene. The most famous, sparse dialogue to set a scene has to be Betty Davis’s line in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf: when she declares, “What a dump!”

In my story, Tiny Dancer, a young mouse hears music in the forest and wants to follow it. Her father forbids it. In the following dialogue, I set the scene of their forest by having him tell her about the day his brother disappeared.

Her daddy sighed, hugged her closer, and continued. “We flew over rocks and around trees. We clambered over branches and through bushes. We went to the very end of the woods to the place where we mice never cross.”

Finally, dialogue as action can reveal the theme. Remember this quote by Elwood P. Dowd (played by Jimmy Stewart) in Harvey? “There are two ways to live well, you can be smart or pleasant. I’ve been smart for years, and I recommend pleasant.”

In An Adventuresome Sort of a Person, I used dialogue to reveal the theme of the story.

She patted the couch next to her, and her secretary sat down. “I have spent my entire life socializing with boring, predictable, egotistical people whom I despise. I have always done what was expected of me. Yet I have wondered about the persons who live other sorts of lives, adventuresome sorts of persons: persons who wear pretzels around their necks, persons who stand on street corners and play musical instruments. What I need,” she said, “Is to become an adventuresome sort of a person. Tomorrow I turn 85, so I intend to start having adventures. And I will have them for as long as I am able. When I am on my death bed, I do not wish to wonder what might have been.” She patted the secretary’s hand. His mouth hung open.

The takeaways?

First, sometimes attending a session at a conference that you don’t think pertains to you can yield tremendous benefits by giving you a new pair of eyes.

Second, dialogue is action.

Third, if the dialogue doesn’t move your story forward, hit the delete button.

Fourth, you can use dialogue to reveal character, story, or theme, or to set tone or scene.

“Don’t be afraid to try it, Sweetie. You might find out that you like it,” I said.

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Professor M. C. Gore holds the doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. She taught first grade through graduate school for 36 years in New Mexico, Missouri, and Texas. She was a professional horse wrangler and wilderness guide and continues to play clarinet in two community bands. She is Professor Emeritus from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas where she held two distinguished professorships. Her books for teachers and parents are shelved in over a thousand libraries throughout the world. She is retired and lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

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Maestro Phillip Wilson was a public-school band director, music teacher, composer, and arranger for 28 years. His primary instrument is the trumpet, and he is also a campañero (bell ringer). Although he is over 80, he continues to serve as Music Director and Cantor at his church. He is a life-long resident of New Mexico and was born in Santa Fe. Although his genotype is Dutch and Scotch-Irish, his soul is Hispanic. He was Professor Gore’s music teacher and band director, and although the loving biological father of seven musical children, he is a soul-father of the hundreds of students he has taught.

Angie Trotter

Artist Angie F. M. Trotter holds a BA in Religion and Fine Art. Her pen and ink illustrations are a fusion of icons, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass window design, and her spiritual life. She is also a chronic migraine suffer and her art helps calm her symptoms. Her mother was a folk artist; her father was an architect and fine artist, so she has been surrounded by art her whole life. Her work has been compared to the masters of the Golden Age of British book illustration. She lives in Arkansas.

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Retribution is Mine is Being Worked on!

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Retribution is Mine is being worked on which means going through papers to see where I left off, and remembering what I have so far. I forgot some of the plans, and now I’m happy to say I remember them. Looking over the old stuff too like this scene:

This is one of the old scenes from Retribution is Mine: “That is all for today.” I tell Aria Stevens a member of the Agency who recently got chosen. Only day 1 but she has gotten off to a good start. I run a hand through my hair as the sweat runs into my eyes. Training always makes me sweat I am in the training room of The Killer Contract Agency, and I’m going to start classes with the students at Southbend. It will be annoying going to school all over again. At least college girls are more mature than high school ones.
 
Old version:
“We found her.” My eyes widen. Could it be her after all these years? The girl of my dreams, and the one promised to me? Of course she is a human though, but she is like no other. One put through the challenges of life to see the way she builds herself up.
“Where?”
“Surrey in Canama county. It is the one we have been looking for, and the bad thing is her energy signature is messed up.” says Rickfield Harris the one responsible for finding charges.
Oh no and I had a feeling that would happen too. I sat in a chair in a grey room with the screen and control room used to pick out killer contract Agency operatives. I was looking for the human called a FireRager. My mate too since I’m destined to be with one, but the bad thing is they have genes that when used with the powers can turn them into assassins or make them insane. Messed up energy signatures are bad because it signals so much abuse that if not treated well the person can be driven to commit suicide.
“Name?”
“Scarlet Nightshade a graduate from Surrey Slip high, and another piece of good news? She is going to attend South Bend University this fall.”
“Excellent.”
I cannot wait to finally meet the girl so we will live happily ever after.
Some of the scenes are way different, and Dante used to be Anubis, and it also introduces Phoenix which is Dante’s brother who used to be called Aquarius. Going through the notes I also see old school ones since I wrote them during class, or during the boring times of my last job. Not too much downtime in my new one, but on days off I can play in the story world in between trying to find a full-time writing job close to my major. In the meantime reading all I can to succeed in writing, and playing games. It’s a waiting game when it comes to certain things like waiting for feedback from one more beta reader, and then I will look over it. Then when it’s ready to send it to Liz, and then time to come up with ideas for the cover. Retribution is mine takes place where book 1 took off, and it tells the story of how Scarlet became a vampire, and how she met Dante and works for The Killer Contract Agency.
Also, The Killer Contract Agency will be published in other places after July 15th. Its time in select has run out, and it doesn’t do me any good to continue in it.
Until next update,
Jessica Samuels

Rude Customer Stories…

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I really wish I didn’t have to post this, but it’s too important for me not to. I had a horrible person yesterday and not only that she took it out on the person behind her who stood up for me. I had an old  lady get mad at me because she couldn’t use her coupon, and then I explained to her it’s a type of clearance. In all hindsight it was a special of the day, and no coupons will work. Not my fault, and I don’t make the rules. The lady goes on and on about it, and an awesome asian behind her speaks up saying it’s not my fault. The old bitch turned on her and asked her if she spoke english. Like really? She was so bitchy over her coupon, and berating me like I made the rules. I don’t. And it’s annoying since the lady said if I tell her about it, she will tell her manager, and that if I didn’t speak up then they would not know. By taking it out on me? Seriously? I should have gotten a manager, and she should have bitched to corporate. This isn’t the only incident either.

One lady complained over me not needing a receipt since it wouldn’t scan, and kept looking for the other one. Then she rudely said can’t you just scan it? I did. And she said so you didn’t need a receipt like I kicked her puppy. I mean really?

Other stuff includes yelling at me over something messing up, and god forbid I make a mistake…They pretty much can be abusive jerks over nothing. And when I worked at my pervious job the customers would get mad over me not being able to do their watch since it’s not a brand we carry. Like it’s my fault. It’s not. It’s a corporate policy, and I would also get blamed for things not ringing up right when all I do is scan items. It’s ridiculous and I would not be able to speak up either since I need the job. I can’t say anything and I would have to take it.

Don’t ever take it out on the worker since it’s not their fault. They don’t control policies or prices, and I’m tired of being yelled at over things I can’t control have a heart already.

Giveaway for Retail Workers on my Actual Website too!

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Besides Rafflecopter I want to use my blog to have a giveaway too, and the one with the best story wins 2 paperbacks, 2 ebooks, 2 audiobooks, and an Amazon Giftcard. For this entry just comment on this blog with your story of rude, angry and stupid customer stories in the comments below, and you will be entered to win it. The contest lasts until June 6th! Share this post and get others to comment too!

Until Next time,

Wolfdreamer25

 

Dark Tales of Vengeance is on Instafreebie!

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v1Besides getting a new cover for a few of my books I also threw in an extra story for the book Dark Tales of Vengeance. I love the new cover! And as a bonus for people to try my work I dropped it down to free! I was able to drop it at every retailer except Amazon. Still working on that. I also put it on Instafreebie, and here is the link:

https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/M8xMw7nd

That way you can try out my work, and see if you like it.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

 

 

Giveaway for Retail Workers!

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Hey retail workers this giveaway is for you! I have been working retail for so long I’ve made two books about it. One stars Scarlet Summers undercover at Fiona’s Corner and Cafe thanks to being in debt to werewolves, and the other is Angeline’s tales at Kyle’s General Store. I’ve met some downright nasty customers working retail working in two different retail stores, and I have a ton of stories to tell thanks to it. One woman said that she will go somewhere else since I didn’t know what I was doing I was only working there for two days…I still see her. The other lady was rude since I didn’t get the hang of the many ways to do a return and said I shouldn’t be working there if I didn’t know how to do my job. Another lady was mad we didn’t have hanging bags and complained I was giving her a crumpled one when she could have asked for a new one. At my part time job one of the nasty customers explained to me what a debit card was when I put her return on the card like I was trained instead of giving her cash. She never told me she wanted cash and she said she will go to the manager about it, and that she expects it in cash next time! Yes, and I’m sure we have all been there. I’m giving back to you people who have worked in retail, or have worked in retail. This even applies to fast food and restaurants. 

The prize? Copies of my paperbacks Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks and Tales From Behind the Counter. And the audio and ebook versions to go with it! As well as a $10.00 Amazon gift card. A few runner ups can receive the audio and ebook copies. 

All you need to do is tell me your horrible, rude, angry customer story, and share the giveaway for extra entries!

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f984a44e1/?

Work in Progress Updates!

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I have finished AngelWitch and Scarlet book 1 and they are with the beta readers, and that means getting an outline together to work on book 1. I have also planned on doing a giveaway soon after I revamp a few of my ebook covers. Once that is done I’ll be doing a giveaway to get more attention, and give away paperbacks, ebooks and audiobooks. I’m working full-time in retail, and have to say it’s not too bad either. I’m also using days off to write more, and I plan on releasing more as I get used to producing and editing more. I’m still waiting to hear back from CBS 6 for a journalism job, and I hope to either do that or write books. I even found an awesome screen recording app for my mac. And my iPad has a screen recording thing as well as my phone. Now that school is out all I do is work and that means time not in work is going to writing and Youtube.

I will have more as time goes on, and I’ll post when the new covers are up!

Thanks for reading,

Jess