Review: The Art & Craft of PR by Sandra Stahl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

This book is built around the idea that PR as a communications discipline has no boundaries. It is the PR professional’s manual for creating that specific type of mindset and building the necessary skills to meet today’s communications challenges, which include mastery of the fundamentals, cultivating unbridled curiosity and creativity, the art of listening, and never losing sight of business objectives.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Art & Craft of PR by Sandra Stahl is a wonderful book on public relations for all. I have had no training in this area and was interested in learning more about the topic. The writer, Sandra Stahl has created a nonfiction book that is both educational and entertaining to read. I did not have any issues in following her words. From what PR is to how it works, Sandra Stahl kept me reading. Her book went beyond what others did not do. Her book spoke about he creative and always changing PR world. Communication and persuasion beyond the typical box of thinking. I loved how organized and fun this nonfiction title was. The best part of this book, was the messages from masters of the PR world. Their advice is something that could work for all interested learners, whether you’re just starting out or refreshing your knowledge on the topic. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: Story Genius


Synopsis:

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron’s breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. 

It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. 

The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). 

In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Story Genius by Lisa Cron is a superb book for all writers. Her new book guides writers to more finely tuned drafts. Characterization, plot, outlining and cutting time writing down….I couldn’t believe how amazing this book was. Everything I wanted to know as a writer was inside Story Genius. This is definitely a book I wanted in my hands and on my shelf. Readers will find themselves rereading Story Genius more than once. Well-written, detailed, and perfect for serious writers. Overall, I highly recommend it to all. 

Criticism Anyone?

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Criticism Anyone?

Every where we live with the fact that we may not excel with every piece that we have written and tossed out to the public to critic.

There are no harsher words than when one receives the bad criticism.

It surely takes that dip into our writer’s ego.

Yes, we writers have an ego that swells to the size of our country if not bigger once we finish writing that one particular book or piece.

But once the hard criticism blows through our door, we feel like we are no bigger than the period that ends our sentences.

How do we deal with criticism that makes us feel like unworthy writers?

We take it at it’s value and view it as tho it were a teacher grading our papers.

Our teachers expect the best from us, do they not?

So do our readers.

So, when the bad criticism comes rolling in, let’s embrace it.

It can help us grow as writers.

Yes, our egos are momentarily wounded and our book sales will not be as thrilling as we all want it to be.

But, we can take that criticism and use it to our advantage.

Take a look at any book on Amazon, even my books.

You will see that all of us writers have received bad criticism.

But this bad criticism gives us another chance to improve our work.

I received a 2 out of 5 stars on one of my books.

The reader said it read more like a workbook than a guide in helping writers.

So, what did I do?

I cried…

No, I didn’t but I was indeed wounded.

I took that criticism.

Went back and rewrote my book.

Improved it by a lot.

And I now, like it way more than I did before.

So, next time you see the “bad” criticism, work it to your advantage and use it to improve your work.

Sure you can have a 5 star book or novel, and still have someone give it a poor rating simply just for not liking something .

But, always consider it as a teacher giving you another chance to improve your writing.

To soar above and beyond!

January’s Magazine Issue Cover

ANY AUTHORS/ WRITERS/ OR POETS INTERESTED IN BEING PLACED IN THIS ISSUE MUST FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM BELOW.

Please, leave your name and email address in the comment  box in the form.  Also, state if you are an author, writer, or poet. And what you would like featured and or published in our issue.

Bloggers, if you would like your blog advertised in our issue please fill out the form as well.

THANK YOU!

 

 

Writing Experiment

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Writing Experiment

For this simple, yet fun experiment, I want you to choose 5 famous men and 5 famous women.

Make a list list for the men & women.

Now these 10 people are to undergo a scientific experiment.

They all have to live in an enormous size dome world where the grass is beautiful, lush and green. Inside this dome all ten have to live together. The rules are simple. They have to work together as a community to come up wit ways to provide their own oxygen, food, water and shelter. They scientisit have supplied them enough to live until the find a way to create their own. You need to choose one of the 10 people as a leader. And put each of the others in charge of:

1)Planting – this brings one of the tings needed for natural oxygen.

2) Digging a well.

3) Milking and feeding cows- this is the other needed part of natural oxygen.

4) Chopping wood.

5) Making a fire for warmth and cooking.

6) Collecting eggs from chickens.

7) Building a shelter and barn for animals.

8) Someone to collect the wool from the sheep.

9) Someone needs to be a hunter.

10) someone needs to fertilize the grounds for planting.

The scientists have paid these 10 famous people to live in this dome as an experiment to see how people come together to survive like they did back in the hunter gatherer days. It’s now up to you to pick the ten famous people. Remember 5 men and 5 women only.  Then assign them one of the 10 jobs. Write what happens when the are assigned their jobs. How do they react? Do they quit, pout, or step up to the challenge. Write about any funny or embarrassing moments that happens to nay of the people while they go about working. Include dialogue between these people.  Do they succeed in creating their own oxygen before their supply runs out? And what are the dangers of living like hunters and gatherers inside a domed shaped world? How do their instincts change? Or will they still be their same casual selves after the experiment is over?

Submit your responses to me at: universalcreativityinc.2014@gmail.com for feedback and critique on your writing experiment These writing experiments will be graded on the following formats:

– spelling

– punctuation

– formatting

– dialogue

– plot

– did it contain a hook?

– was it suspenseful?

– was it alluring?

-was it exciting?

-were there 10 people; 5 men and 5 women?

– was there a job assigned to each person?

– did the writer use action verbs over passive verbs?

– grammar

– character development

                                                Can you do it? Are you up to the writing experiment?

Characteristics of a Good Hook

Characteristics of a Good Hook

Attracts the reader’s interest.

Can be written in the form of a question.

Can be something silly or funny.

Connects with the readers.

Leaves an impression upon your readers.

Keeps them up reading all night long.

Makes them want to read your next book.

Can be written as a cliffhanger.

Keeps the readers guessing.

Visual to readers senses.

Homework Assignment #5

For this homework assignment, you are to write a 1,500 word chapter for your story.

Remember to write a scene, then a sequel. This will help you write your chapter faster by breaking it down into small tasks such as scenes and sequels. 

If you can’t remember what a scene and sequel are, then you can find a post on here that explains what both are and what they contain.

A Scene:

– Has  a goal

– Has a conflict

– Has a disaster

 

A sequel has:

– a reaction

– a dilemma

– a decision

Writing Prompt

Write a story about how far your character would go to get what he/or she desperately needs?

How many murders will be committed before they police and leads detectives could connect them together? Who was the first victim? And why? What are the motives? And who will be the last to die? Or will the last victim be saved before it’s too late? 

Happy Writing 🙂

Story Idea

Your character has a family and a stable job. Then something happens that reminds him of the plans he had when he was younger, to become an actor and live a creative life without ties of any kind. What happens to make him remember this? He starts to wonder if he’s made the right choices. What does he do?

1- Write about him deciding to go after those plans? Why or why not?

2- What stops him from going after what he really wants?

3- Did he really make the better choice of not going after he plans?

4- Is there someone in his life whom he gave up his plans for? If so, who and why?

5- Or was there a tragic accident that kept him from his plans?

6- Does he discover that he isn’t happy with choice of going after his plans now? And what makes him realize this? Is he now satisfied with his stable job? Show us readers why? Like how both impacted his  life and how his stable job was better suited for him. Maybe show the ugly side and constant work of his plans when he was younger wasn’t what he thought it would be like? Did he end up losing his stable job? Or did he try to balance both jobs at once? How does his family help him through it at? Who has the most influence on him? Why?

 

Writing Challenge!

Using a draft of your work-in-progress, write a 500-word synopsis of your novel idea in the style of back cover copy.

Then, answer the following questions:

Is this story substantial enough, interesting enough?

Does the main conflict of the story open to several mini-conflicts?

Why do you think this story is interesting or universally appealing?

What is the concept of the novel?

Who are the main characters and what is the primary conflict? (Your answers to these questions should not exceed 300 words.)

Inciting Incident?

When your are told to explore the inciting incidents within books to use for your own novel, it can be confusing as to what that means.

Inciting incident is the moment or event that changes your character’s and sets them on their journey that goes from the beginning until the end of the book.

So, my challenge for you is to post one inciting incident from your book down below in the comment area! 🙂

Ready..get set..and go!!!

Poem: Rainy Days

Rainy Days

The times children cant come out and play,

And so listening to their parents say,

they are only to stay,

deep within the house of brick-clay,

and silently watch as the rain washes the windows with its spray,

and it is only soon that the parents silently pray,

that the children’s good behavior will remain.

Story Within A Poem

In this competition, you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. The winner will have their work published in our monthly magazine featuring their work 🙂 Please post your responses down below in the comment area!

Best of luck! 🙂

Horror Fiction – Writing Competition

For this writing competition, you are to write and edge of the seat thriller, horror, or something that will terrorize your readers. This can be any length. Those with the most votes on their responses will be published in our monthly magazine  featuring them and their story.  Post you responses down below in the comment area!

Best of luck! 🙂

April Writing Challenge

Are you ready??!! 🙂

Today’s writing challenege, all of you are to write a short story using only 150 words!!

Write a short story in any genre category.

For help with what to write about for this challenge, write about an event that has happened during this month into a fiction story.

Please post your responses down below in the comment area for feedback!!

Best of luck! 🙂

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