As the school year draws to a close, my mailbox fills with wonderful messages, mostly from students who've read GLORY BE as part of their curriculum. Some illustrate their letters, some hope I'll write back, some are obviously part of an assignment.
But mostly what they're saying truly comes from their hearts and funny minds.
Two from today's batch:
"My favorite part of the story was when Glory hid in the back of the car and went with Robbie and Jesslyn. She was sneaky. Like I usually am."
"I think overall that was one of the best books I've read in a while and trust me I have read alot of books."
Way to make my day, kids!
When they illustrate scenes that make me think I have possibly written my descriptions well enough to show what's really happening, this reminds me always to add the details.
Five senses, fellow writers! And don't forget the sunshine!
Speaking of scenes: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/10-ways-to-launch-strong-scenes
Good info for writers, including a new (to me- don't you love learning new editing words?) term:
Soft Hiatus... Though I find fewer books use any kind of asterisk in the finished book, right?
"Visually, in a manuscript a new scene is usually signified by the start of a chapter, by a break of four lines (called a soft hiatus)
between the last paragraph of one scene and the first paragraph of the
next one, or sometimes by a symbol such as an asterisk, to let the
reader know that time has passed."