Thursday, May 14, 2015

Daily Dialogue

American Christian Fiction Writers approved and published my new post on 5-11-2015 on their website. Enjoy Daily Dialogue, my example of the old rule to 'show not tell' for writers.

Daily Dialogue

By Lynn Hobbs
Conversations written with emotion are excellent page turners. When the reader is offered an in-depth look into two characters particular situation, I recommend having both characters point of view to consider, instead of skimming over the conflict as in many cookie-cutter novels.
Dialogue can hold your attention as you learn both sides of the issue.
Example:
John squinted as sweat beaded across his forehead. Jerking the letter from the mailbox, his eyes focused on the county logo displayed as the return address.
I just got off work. Why are they mailing me something?
He ripped the letter open and glanced at the pink form.
Downsizing? The word echoed in his mind. Adrenalin raced, and John drew his fist back violently hitting the metal mailbox.
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Louis watched his neighbor hit the mailbox and shook his head.
What a hot-head…
He strolled toward the row of shrubbery separating their property.
“Hey buddy, you okay?”
“Yeah. Lost my job… lousy way to find out, though. Read about it in a letter.” John balled the letter up and pitched it back inside the mailbox.
“Well, you county road and bridge employees have had it made for a long time.” Louis huffed and placed his hands on his hips.
“What? How can you say that?”
“It takes three men each carrying a shovel to walk behind a truck and fill a pot-hole. Seen it too many times.” Louis emitted a loud belly laugh.
John cringed and stared wide-eyed at Louis.
“Am I hearing you right?” John gasped and marched to the shrubbery. “We do more than fill pot-holes in all types of weather, and you work sitting at a desk in comfort. I am appalled at your opinion, and shocked by your attitude.”
“Attitude? What attitude? I just can’t believe my taxpaying money is wasted on men lolly-gagging around on the job. I’m glad the county is cutting back on employees.”
“Louis, I wouldn’t be so quick to judge. You don’t understand.”
“Oh, I understand alright. I have eyes.” Louis sauntered back to his house.
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John stood with his mouth open. Speechless, he glared as anger gnawed at his insides.
Who would have thought Louis felt so strongly against county workers? And I thought I knew him well. What else does he feel strongly about? I haven’t a clue. John left the row of shrubbery and silently returned to his own home.
That is one example of two points of view on an issue in dialogue. The extremely different opinion by one character makes it a more interesting read, especially when the other character is not expecting it. Stating that Johns’ neighbor Louis was glad John no longer worked for the county road and bridge department would not keep the readers attention.
It goes back to the old rule of show, don’t tell.
Another idea is to have a character tune out what the second character is saying while the first one is deciding what to say or how to explain something.
Whatever you do with dialogue, make it believable.
Lynn HobbsLynn Hobbs is the author of the Running Forward Series; a powerful faith and family saga from Desert Coyote Productions.
Book #1: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, awarded 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2013, Texas Association of Authors.
Book #2: River Town, 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2014, TAA.
Book #3: Hidden Creek, 1st place, Religious Fiction 2015, TAA.
You can find Lynn on her website at http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Correct Order

My new submission to the American Christian Fiction Writers blog was approved and published on Feb.25, 2015. Besides a learning experience, it has fond memories I shared. I am blessed to be both caregiver and caretaker to my Mom, in addition to the blessings I receive in writing.  Enjoy!

Correct Order

By Lynn Hobbs
Usually, I write and edit one book or one short story at a time before beginning another. Like some authors, I have a lot of interruptions. In trying to allow for a smooth transition to ‘jump back to where I left off’ in whatever I am writing, I list ideas I want to consider before I stop. Hours later I return, correct order is determined of ideas I kept, and I write totally immersed in the novel.
As a disciplined writer, this is my routine. It works well for me, and I encourage you to be comfortable with whatever routine works for you. Similar to drinking coffee, some want it iced, some like it black, others enjoy a creamy concoction in their brew. It’s all coffee, whatever you prefer.
I did experiment recently, and got out of my comfort zone in writing. Yes, it taught me more than I ever imagined, and it was for the best in this particular situation.
As a writer who creates lists with priorities, I started lining out my next Christian fiction series, what I wanted to convey, etc.
Yet, each day, I was pulled to write another novel, a biography about my 87 year old mother. Being her caretaker, I am with her daily; she is my next door neighbor. I often hear her stories that are truly unique, heart-warming, and inspiring. Naturally, I prayed for direction.
At first, I scribbled notes to myself of what I wanted to include in her book, while writing the first book of my new series. Later, I had Mom write the year of what particular event happened, and suggested she list what meant the most to her from everything she had experienced.
Scanning through her list, my gut feeling kicked in, and I knew my prayer was answered. Mom’s book was my new priority. I gave it my full attention and discovered how difficult it was to write due to the true, emotional scenes.
After I wrote over twelve chapters, Mom would remember something else that belonged in a past time frame. I’d back track, including 600 to 800 additional words in the correct chapter, and it flowed well. Weeks turned into months as she and I would stop for doctor appointments, maintenance, grocery shopping, etc. Her biography continued as I worked on the perfect book cover. More stories were recalled that I absolutely had to include. I back tracked again. They were not only special, but each had a meaning behind them. They inspire.
I am almost finished writing this book. Of course, I have used all the tips and instructions I was taught from attending many writing workshops.
I learned yet another lesson, which proved valuable in creating an older character for my other fiction novels. Correct order is not how we remember. Our memory comes in spurts with laughter, or somber reflections of wisdom. Now, I am more prepared to ‘jump back’ into writing my new Christian fiction series. Thank you, Mom.
Lynn HobbsLynn Hobbs is the author of the Running Forward Series; a powerful faith and family saga from Desert Coyote Productions.
Book #1: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, awarded 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2013, Texas Association of Authors.
Book #2: River Town, 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2014, TAA.
Book #3: Hidden Creek, 1st place, Religious Fiction 2015, TAA.
You can find Lynn on her website at http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lynn Hobbs, Awarded 1st Place in Religious Fiction, 2015, by Texas Association of Authors

I just won! So exciting...makes me want to hurry and finish writing my next novel!

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Contact:
Lynn Hobbs
Available for Speaking Engagements, Book Signings
LynnHobbs.author@gmail.com

B. Alan Bourgeois, Director
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BEST OF TEXAS BOOKS AWARDED
Largest Collection of Winners in Annual Contest

Austin, TX - Texas Association of Authors is proud to announce Northeast Texas author, Lynn Hobbs, has won 1st place is Religious Fiction for her book "Hidden Creek." This is the 3rd year in a row that Ms. Hobbs has won this award.


In 2013, her book, "Sin, Secrets, and Salvation," won 1st place in Religious Fiction, and in 2014, her book, "River Town," also won 1st place in Religious Fiction. This completes her "Running Forward Series," a powerful faith and family saga.

"My goal in writing this series was to give the reader a complete understanding of a Christian viewpoint by the actions of my main character, Susan Penleigh. In dealing with modern family issues, her journey is followed with prayer and scripture that strengthens her faith. By the response the series has received, I believe my goal was reached, and I give God the glory! My 4th and current novel is a stand-alone book, and scheduled for publication this year. It will keep the same Christian standards as my previous books, and the new series I am writing."

Available for purchase on TxAuthors.com, Amazon.com and Kindle, you may visit Ms. Hobbs at her website, www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com, or on Facebook, Twitter (@LynnHobbsAuthor), Goodreads, Linked-In, or TxAuthors.com.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Smooth Scene Breaks

Enjoy my post on American Christian Fiction Writers website!

Smooth Scene Breaks

by Lynn Hobbs
Descriptions of a scene and section break are simple. A section break can be another characters point of view or closure of a particular scene. A scene break within the same scene will show days or hours later in the story; or the character’s advance to a new location.
A challenge to include them in a flowing manner is not only worth the effort, but a must for any writer. Reaching such goals can be a learning experience.
Often, as a new writer who doesn’t plot, it’s easy to enter a scene break without realizing the end result. The author knows how he or she wants the story to proceed, but can get in a hurry. If readers feel you ‘jumped around’ too much, they will not back track to reread where you left off. They will lose interest.
Follow my similarity of writing your story and taking a cross-town bus ride.
You board the bus on Fourth Street and plan to exit on Twentieth Street. Selecting a window seat, you enjoy the view, and exchange conversation with other passengers. Your goal is to have a relaxing ride. This is highly possible, unless you spot a donut shop a block away and excitedly depart the bus. Waiting for the next bus to arrive, it rains, and you have no umbrella. Irritable, and wet, you climb the steps onto the second bus; not having conversation with anyone. You then notice a coffee house and leave the bus again. Later, after enjoying coffee, you board the third bus, and your initial point is lost as you finally exit on Twentieth Street.
As in writing, the same principle applies.
Same ride, same destination, but after several ‘jumps'; your reader loses the point you intended to make and is drifting as much as you are on the bus ride.
Most breaks are necessary to move forward in the story process.
If possible, attempt to connect two scene breaks with one short sentence or paragraph. Again, a worthwhile challenge, this one also encourages growth as a writer. If done smoothly, the transition won’t cause the reader to ‘stumble’ while reading your words. You won’t lose any momentum, either.
One example of scene jumping:
Scene one ends: “I’m thankful for your advice and glad you sat next to me.” The young woman clutched the baby tighter as it’s crying abruptly ended. Glancing over her shoulder, the older woman departed the bus. “Babies feel more secure when not held loosely.”
Scene two begins: Is he here alone with that baby?
A smooth transition connecting the two scenes would be: “Babies feel more secure when not held loosely.” Nodding, the younger woman gathered the diaper bag, and left the bus at the next stop. A short walk to parenting class, she noticed a young man with a stroller entering the room. Is he here alone with that baby?
Writing challenges can be as rewarding for the author as the finished product is to the reader!
Lynn HobbsLynn Hobbs is the author of the Running Forward Series; a powerful faith and family saga from Desert Coyote Productions.
Book #1: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, awarded 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2013, Texas Association of Authors.
Book #2: River Town, 1st place, Religious Fiction, 2014, TAA.
Book #3: Hidden Creek.
You can find Lynn on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Twitter: @LynnHobbsAuthor
http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

East Texas Christian Writers Conference

Don't miss out on great speakers and two days of workshops! The annual East Texas Christian Writers Conference is this weekend, Oct. 24, & 25, 2014, held at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas.

Hope to see you there this weekend!