Monday, June 4, 2012

0 June 1st Five Pages Workshop Entries Are Posted for Comment

The five entries for this month's First Five Pages Workshop are posted below for reading and comment. As always, we invite everyone to participate in the workshop by letting the writers know what is working for you and what isn't working. Consider what kind of a story you think each entry is going to be based on the first five pages. Are you hooked? Do you want to keep reading? Is the voice working? Do you like the characters? Is there too much going on? Not enough? Let us know!

We are excited to have TWO special guest mentors this month: Elana Johnson and Angela Ackerman. Angela is part of the amazing Bookshelf Muse blog team, and one of the authors of the indespensible writer's companion book The Emotion Thesaurus. Elana is the author of Possession and the new sequel coming out this week: Surrender.


Enter here by midnight on 6/7/12 for a chance to win a copy of Surrender.

Surrender

by Elana Johnson

Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Struggle with how to show, not tell a character’s feelings? Need help creating fresh body language that does come off as stale or cliché?
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each. More information on this resource can be found on our Goodreads page.


This book is available in both Print and Digital formats through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore, and Smashwords. Or, download the PDF straight from our blog (sidebar).


Buzz from Amazon:

"A writer's must have in the writers tool box. Highly recommended for all genres of fiction! This is a book you'll use over and over and over again" ~Author Janet Gurtler I'm Not Her, If I Tell, Who I Kissed (Sourcebooks Fire)

"The best 5 bucks a writer could spend. I could see the emotions in playing out in my head, but lacked the words. Just skimming the book, I can and will take my writing from 'Good' to 'Amazing.'" - Jon W. Turner "Raquel"

"The Emotion Thesaurus breaks new ground by providing alternatives to body language cues, thoughts and visceral reactions. Unlike a word thesaurus that we open at a specific page to find alternatives for a word, this book can be read in its entirety not just to derive inspiration, but also to improve your storehouse of `emotion descriptions.'" ~Sanjay Deshmukh

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