Filtering in Fiction

How many of us do this? I do. I don’t like it, but at least I know that is something I need to work on. Does everyone know what it means?

The most basic form of a filter is when the writer tells the reader that a characters sees, hears, smells, feels (as in the sense of touch), or tastes something. A related, and slightly more nuanced filter, is when the writer tells the reader that a character notices, realizes, recognizes, or feels (as in an emotion) something.

So once you know that you are doing it, how hard is it to correct it? Hopefully not hard at all. I am guessing that once the problem is known, we watch for it, we are more aware, right? I just figured it out tonight, so I am not sure yet. But I am hoping when I get a chance to write again I will be picking up on it.

Have any of you ever been told that you are filtering too much? I would love to hear comments about it!!

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

A while back I was tagged by L.M. Steel that resides in England, author of her newest WIP (work in progress)”Wedding in Paradise”, which was inspired by actual events. The family traveled to Thailand back in 2010 for her sister’s wedding and the events that took place could not be made up. L.M. Steel (Lee) just had to put it into writing.

You can find her blog and more information on how to get your hands on this hilarious read and all of her others by visiting: http://lmsteel1.wordpress.com/
Authors everywhere are taking part in this fun game that promotes an about-to-be-published book and also introduces writers to a broader reader network!

Here are my answers for the tag:

1. What is your working title of your book? The title of the book that I am writing now is “The Will”.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? Actually, that is the crazy thing about me. I start talking or even thinking about something, anything, and then someone in my family talks to me and then the dogs or cats do something, my mind wanders and BAM I have a new idea for a book.
3. What genre does your book fall under? The genre is fiction with some drama and suspense.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmmmm, this is a good question. I would like to say that Angelina Jolie would play Jenny, but she is too tall. I picture my main character being very petite, so maybe Reese Witherspoon.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Secrets and lies have torn this family apart ever since the reading of the will; as the true reality of what happened in the past slowly unwinds will it be too late to change anything, or has the damage already been done? (That was supposed to be two sentences, but I cheated and made into one!! Lol)
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It will be self-published for sure.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? First draft took maybe a month or two. Second draft…much, much longer. Ha ha
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I can’t think of one right off the top of my head, but if you can imagine a family that is involved is secrets, lies and greed than that is what it would be.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? My family is my inspiration for everything.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Well, I am hoping that everything about it does, but if I had to narrow it down, I would say that absolutely anyone can relate to the storyline. I tried to make it not just for women, not just for men and not just for adults per say either. I am going to go out on a limb here and say to go ahead and just read it and then form your own opinion. J

(Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
Be sure to line up your five people in advance.)

First Tag – P.S. Mokha:

Available in bookshops across New Zealand, The Last Sanctuary as a young adult novel as epic as the country in which it was written. A traditional fairytale brought up to date in modern London, it is full of humour and adventure that adults will love and 10-14 year olds will REALLY love.

Check out the trailer at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40ZmAyRyWSs

And see the independent reviews at

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13618421-the-last-sanctuary

A bit about me – I was born and raised in London. Like millions of others, I spent my early working life commuting into the city and reading books on trains. The books often transported me further and to more interesting places than the trains. Currently living in the timeless and rugged beauty of the New Zealand wilds, I am miles away from mains water, street lighting and other distractions so I can concentrate on completing book two of the series.

Coming soon – The Fall of Refuge.

Second Tag Geza Tatralleyay:

“Biography

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University Of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan). Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an épée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government (Department of Finance, Canada), international organizations (Inter-American Development Bank), commercial / investment banking (Royal Bank of Canada), private equity (MAVA Capital in Hungary) and environmental entrepreneurship (Vertis Environmental Finance). Since 2004, he has been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family, travel and writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, with an American wife, a daughter living in New York and a son in London, and currently divides his time between Bordeaux, France, and Barnard, Vermont, with frequent visits to Montreal, Toronto, New York, Vienna and London.

Publications

Sophie, My Dear (short story translation from Hungarian), in Saturday Night, October, 1977

A Wanderer’s Evensong (after Goethe), Quarry, Summer, 1983, Volume 32/3

Dawn Dreams, American Poetry Anthology, Spring/Summer, 1983, Vol.II, No. 1-2

Echoes, Pierian Spring, Autumn, 1983

Autumnal Question, Quarry, Winter, 1984, Volume 33/1

Let’s Give Business An Incentive It Understands (with A.J. Cassils), Globe & Mail, October 21, 1988

Portfolio Pollution, The Greenhouse Gas Risk Factor, (with P. Bodnar), The RMA Journal, June, 2003

Arctic Meltdown, e-published on Amazon and www.smashwords.com, December, 2011″

I am now actively trying to market “Arctic Meltdown” since the topic of polar ice cap melt is appearing almost daily in the media. I have also completed another novel “Twisted Reasons” that I am looking to get published — first trying the traditional publishing industry, and if that doesn’t work will e-publish myself.

Third Tag – Laura Libricz

Writer, mother, factory worker, Laura Libricz loves to write. She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides with her husband and two grown children. Her first historical novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond’s Trilogy and is now available. The second book, The Soldier’s Return, is scheduled to be released in October 2013.

For more information: http://www.lauralibricz.com

Fourth Tag – Anita Lewis:

My book Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous: A Tale of Five Sisters was released on 12-18-2012. So far it has done very well and we have received some very nice comments back. It is about the tales of 5 sisters from a small town, talking about our experiences growing up, losing our parents, and the strength of sisters.Our website is www.thefivesisters.net and we are GoodRead authors. The book is available through our publisher, Tate Publishing, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBooks, Books a Million, and many more.

Fifth Tag – Onomé Okwuosa

I’m a freelance writer/author currently writing my first book; Forgetting My First Time.  It’s an erotic novel where the characters are stuck in ruts and the only way to get out of their own ways is to spread their legs, sneak around and generally shag their ways to enlightenment. Thankfully it’s not an over-saturation of sex in sentences for behind the curtains of each steamy scene is a real person trying to remember what life is supposed to feel like minus the drudgery, rules and regulations.

You can follow Onome on twitter here: https://twitter.com/WileyWizdom

 

To Sex It Up or Not…

I know this is a personal preference, but I am just curious to hear other people’s opinion on the subject of writing sex scenes. Should you only do this in the Erotic Romance or Erotica genres or can we include some sex in our more serious novels?

Personal preference for my reading, is sex scenes definitely make the book more appealing. But I worry that anything I write these days will be compared to Fifty Shades. I mean, really, we would all love to have the sales that Fifty Shades has had, but I am not holding my breath. 🙂

So, this is my thought for the day. Please share your opinions of what you think about sexing up your writing. Too much? Not enough? Maybe smaller scenes more often through the book or one big one?

What is my Niche?

I love to write and I always have something to say. But since this is all still so new to me, I don’t think I truly know what mt niche is/will be. And I am guessing, that as an author, I am supposed to know.

I love writing children’s stories, paranormal, romance, erotica, drama and murder mysteries. So how do I know which one will be my “thing”? Will I go by what sells and what doesn’t? That doesn’t seem right though.

I was asked the other day this very question and I felt like an idiot when I didn’t have an answer. I think that romance/erotic romance may be my favorite, but I also think that I say that because that is probably my favorite to read.

I have heard that if you love to read it then that is probably your niche. But I don’t completely buy into that. My kids are older now, so I don’t read children’s books anymore, but when I did, I loved them. And I am forever on Google looking up “How to” do this or “how to” do that, but I don’t think that is my niche either.

Any advice that you have to offer would be great. If not, I am guessing I will figure it out as I go. I am still so new at this and maybe it will just come with time. But for now, when I am asked, maybe I will say, “I can do it all!!” ha ha Probably not, but it would be funny. 🙂

 

All About Angela Godbout

So you want to know something about me, huh? Well, let me do my best to help you out. At this point in my life, I am 39 years old, I have been married to my soul mate for 21 years and I have two amazing children that are 21 and 18.

I am a very kind person and try to teach positivity in my family’s way of thinking. I believe that if a person shows respect and appreciation, then they will go far in life.

My favorite saying and belief is that “Everything Happens for a Reason”.

I love to write in all genre’s. But I never had the opportunity to do anything with it until six months ago or so (2012). I have been very busy writing stories for others and in my spare time I have been trying to write for myself. I have put out a few short stories and am writing a  novelette as we speak.

If you would like to know anything else about me, then please ask. You can comment on this site or email me at my personal email address: angela_and_bruce_1991@yahoo.com

Thank you and I hope you all have a great day!