Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Late Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules...


Went like this:

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”… he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
― Elmore Leonard

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Live Reading at Jazz Club - This Saturday 24th August

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THE VIBE 

A MULTI-MEDIA EVENT IN BANGKOK CITY

Writers, poets and musicians performing in harmony. 

Hosted by performance poet JOHN GARTLAND

Guest readers: JOE SHAKARCHI, JOHN MARENGO, JAMES A. NEWMAN, TOM VATER, COLLIN PIPRILL and PETER MONTALBANO. Music by KEITH NOLAN & FRANCO GARCIA & Other special Jazz players. 

Images, Paintings and Photography by CHRIS COLES & ERIC NELSON.

Film - A Beat documentary starts at 2pm.

READERS AND MUSICIANS PERFORM FROM 4PM - 7PM 

VENUE?

CHECKINN99 - SUKHUMVIT ROAD BETWIXT SOIS 5 AND 7

Here's the running order...

The Vibe.
Readers in order of appearance.
4.00pm
First hour
First 20 - 30 mins.
Movies / slide show/ music / announcements.
John Gartland intro.
Rob Caprilles
James Newman
5.00pm
Second hour
JG intro.
Collin Piprell
Peter Montelbano
Joe Shakarchi
Tom Vater
6.00pm
Third hour
JG intro
John Marengo
Charles Chester
Open Mike session.
The Vibe : Musicians
Keith Nolan
Franco Garcia
Warren Fryar

The Checkinn99 is the place to be in Bangkok this Saturday 24th August.

T.B.G.O
BKK

Friday, August 16, 2013

13 Words of Advice for New Writers



A few simple rules for new writers of fiction or non-fiction, young or old.

1. Write the book yourself. 

2. Write that book from start to finish. Polish it best you can.

3. Find an agent and a publisher.

4. It you can't find a publisher - keep writing. Submit to forums. Discover your craft.

5. If it still don't happen consider self-publishing. 

6. Do not write your own reviews. NEVER. Nor pay people to write reviews for you. When the public find out that you have then your career is dusted.

7. Promote - don't SPAM. Use the internet as a pub not a notice board.

8. Don't pay people to LIKE you or FOLLOW you on facebook or Twitter.

9. When interviewed don't talk about your sales figures - talk about your craft.

10. Review books - interview fellow authors and get involved in local events.

11. Learn to play the guitar.

12. Drink and smile.

13. Be happy. Not a race - It's a journey.

Buy the ticket. Enjoy the Ride.


JN - BKK