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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chelise Stroud Dec 19, 2011. 1 Reply

Just wondering how many women would be interested in a group that specifically critiques and discusses synopsis?If there is one and I missed it, please let me know.Continue

 

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CHARACTERS

No matter what genre your fiction falls into, we all have one thing in common, we have to populate our work with people.  This group is for discussing those characters who add life to our novels.
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Location, Location, Location

GETTING THE SETTING RIGHT          Regardless of the genre of a story, all fiction writers must decide on a setting where it will unfold. Picking a setting is too important to leave to a random dart tossed at a map. In order to be believable, the setting must make sense for the characters and for the story itself. The writer must consider several things in order to choose the setting. Physical Location: Where on the globe, or in the ...…See More
Dec 21, 2015
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CHARACTER PROFILES – MY EVOLVING ADDICTION

I was chatting a few days ago with a friend who said she had heard a term in a writing forum she didn’t know. She asked me what a character profile was and how to create one. I thought the best advice I could give her was, “The best way to keep a character profile is ‘your’ way.”For me a character profile is where I maintain a record of my character’s past, present and future, for my friend it will properly be a place where she also keeps a record of a character’s magical powers and where and…See More
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CHARACTERS

No matter what genre your fiction falls into, we all have one thing in common, we have to populate our work with people.  This group is for discussing those characters who add life to our novels.
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"Is the group still active?"
Nov 9, 2015
Michelle Gwynn Jones replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"The latest edition of the NEW GRACE NEWS hit the stands today.  It is a newspaper for the faux residents of my fictional town (and for real people too) Please check it out.  New Grace News"
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New Grace News

I would like to invite everyone to check out my fictional newspaper, written for and about the faux residents of my fictional town and for real people who like to be entertained by short storiesNew Grace NewsSee More
Oct 23, 2015
Michelle Gwynn Jones replied to the discussion 'What did you blog about today?' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"The latest edition of the NEW GRACE NEWS hit the stands today.  It is a newspaper for the faux residents of my fictional town (and for real people too) Please check it out. New Grace News"
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Laura Page commented on the group 'CHARACTERS'
"Looks like some super interesting discussions going on! Sadly, so many corners of SheWrites seems deserted!? I haven't written any fiction for some time, but I am a fan of narrative poetry and enjoy the loose character development that can be…"
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Michelle Gwynn Jones replied to the discussion 'New Member - Intro' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Thank you. And from what I hear it's a great place to live. "
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Toi Thomas replied to the discussion 'New Member - Intro' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"I like the look of your site. New Grace sounds like a great place to read about."
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New Member - Intro

Hello:My name is Michelle and I write mysteries: legal, YA, romance.  Almost everything I write takes place in New Grace, South Carolina, my fictional town and county.I recently started a website which is a fictional newspaper for the faux residence of New Grace (and live people too). One of the sections is called The Publisher’s Pen and it is a blog about my experience in writing, what works for me and what doesn’t.Please drop by and pick up a copy of the …See More
Sep 26, 2015
Michelle Gwynn Jones replied to the discussion 'Introduction Post' in the group Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!
"Hi Raven, I am not a 'young' writer, but I have a friend who is and might benefit from participating in your facebook group. Can you tell me the name or link the page here. Thank you, Michelle  New Grace News"
Sep 26, 2015

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Who I am:
I write mysteries which involve protagonist Rachel Shorte, an attorney who lives in New Grace, South Carolina. She never goes looking for trouble, it just finds her. With the help of her assistant Willa Bowers and Det. Winston Spaulding she somehow solves the mysteries and stay alive.

columbiawritersworkshop.blogspot.com/
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
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Media outlets that I currently write for:
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My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
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Services I offer to other writers:
Critique
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
South Carolina Writers Workshop - Columbia 2 Chapter http://www.myscww.org
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Attorney

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Location, Location, Location

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 1:58am 0 Comments

GETTING THE SETTING RIGHT  

        Regardless of the genre of a story, all fiction writers must decide on a setting where it will unfold. Picking a setting is too important to leave to a random dart tossed at a map. In order to be believable, the setting must make sense for the characters and for the story itself. The writer must consider several things in order to choose the setting.

 Physical Location: Where on the globe, or in the ...…

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CHARACTER PROFILES – MY EVOLVING ADDICTION

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 10:03pm 0 Comments

I was chatting a few days ago with a friend who said she had heard a term in a writing forum she didn’t know. She asked me what a character profile was and how to create one. I thought the best advice I could give her was, “The best way to keep a character profile is ‘your’ way.”

For me a character profile is where I maintain a record of my character’s past, present and future, for my friend it will properly be a place where she also keeps a record of a…

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Characters

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 12:00am 5 Comments

I have been bouncing around this site discussing character developement here and there.  I thought it would be nice to have a group devoted to the subject.  I just started one called Characters.  Please drop by, start a discussion, let's get the ball rolling.

Memoirs - Word Count

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 1:45pm 0 Comments

I am putting this here because I can't remember who it was, and where on this site, I was reading about a memoir coming in at 233,000 words, and it the first book in a trilogy.

Here is a site that discusses the word count of some famous memoirs - for your information

http://www.43things.com/entries/view/3610835

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At 10:04pm on November 16, 2013, R.E. Donald said…

Thank you, Michelle. I'll check out the other groups as I explore She Writes, so hope to "see" you there!

 

At 9:33pm on November 11, 2013, Susan Troccolo said…

Hi Michelle, I appreciate the friend request. To be honest, it's all I can do to keep up my blog on a regular basis and work on my e-book of essays. I doubt I can participate in a writers group at the present time. However, I'm always glad to hear about what folks are doing. I am interested in knowing more about your work.

Best, Susie

At 7:53am on February 25, 2013, Karen Wojcik Berner said…

Hi, Michelle. Thanks for your friend request. Sorry to be so late in my response. I've been taking a little time of from social media stuff. Looking forward to getting to know you and your work.

All the best,

Karen

At 1:11pm on December 22, 2012, Marja McGraw said…

LOL I love how you kept adding to your circus story, and that you kept taking it in new directions. Definitely the mind of a writer.

I have a close gay "relative", so it's never bothered me. I grew up with it. I know people can be opinionated, but I tend to judge people on their merits instead of their lifestyle. I just don't care for the way it's kind of been "in your face" lately.

I like what you said about giving your characters an outside-the-mystery life. It makes the characters more three dimensional. I do enjoy a book where the characters are relatable.

I'll watch for the query.

You asked if I write anything other than novels. I write a blog and I did a newspaper column for a small town paper for a couple of years. I was also the editor the the SinC-IC newsletter for a couple of years. That's about it.

At 2:01pm on December 21, 2012, Marja McGraw said…

Yeah, but how many times can a person not in the investigative field, or the law
field in any way, run across dead bodies – and still have friends (I know I
would stay clear). Granted I do have a short story that she is in.

I'M ANSWERING IN ALL CAPS SO WE DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. THE REASON THEY CAN STILL HAVE FRIENDS IS BECAUSE THEY'RE FICTIONAL, UNLIKE US.

And
when did I start writing short stories...I don’t know.

I CAN'T DO SHORT STORIES BECAUSE I CAN'T SEEM TO QUIT WRITING. MAYBE I TALK TOO MUCH?

I’m not gay, but I
don’t consider gay an alternative lifestyle.

OVER THE SUMMER I DID A BOOK EVENT WITH A LESBIAN, AND SHE REFERRED TO HER LIFE AS AN "ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE". I'VE ACTUALLY NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT A NAME FOR IT.

I can’t just write by the
seat of my pants with Rachel Shorte. I need to know the law, the elements of
each crime. I need to build a foundation for the trial. And most importantly, I
need to make sure that the foundation and evidence and testimony, etc, is there
not only for Rachel to argue and her client to endure but for the attorney
arguing on the other side and the police to investigate. It has to be balanced,
it can’t be too slanted in either direction.

YOUR MYSTERY GENRE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I WRITE, SO I CAN SEE WHERE YOU'VE HAVE TO BE MORE STRUCTURES, JUST BY THE NATURE OF THE CHARACTERS AND STORIES.

I will email you the query
to my standalone.

DO YOU JUST WANT AN OPINION OR JUST WANT ME TO SEE WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT? NOT SURE WHAT YOU WANT.

At 3:57pm on December 18, 2012, Marja McGraw said…

It sounds like your friend has a job that's a lot of fun as a food stylist. Definitely not your average job. My gut feeling is you'll probably do more of these books. There's way too much material to stop after three books.

Reese - The last person I met who said she lived an alternative lifestyle was gay, so I made the assumption... The type of research you mentioned would be very difficult for me. I guess that's one of the reasons I write books that contain a little humor. There's no graphic sex and very little "language". Just stories.

What's your standalone about?

I write one series at a time, switching to the other series when I finish one of first series. I couldn't switch them at the same time like you do. I give you a lot of credit for that. And, honestly, it's the middle that wears me down, too. I'm afraid I'm a panster, though, for the most part. I generally know how I want the story to end, but getting there is quite an adventure. That's half the fun for me.

At 2:23pm on December 17, 2012, Marja McGraw said…

Interesting because I used to be a legal secretary, and the attorney I worked for had me doing all kinds of legal work. I also worked in law enforcement (clerical), but in "those days" we clerks had to take care of things that would be covered by female officers now. I'd probably enjoy your series. So are you saying your second series is about someone who's gay? There's quite a market for those if that's what you were saying.

My first series is about a youngish female P.I., and while there's drama, there's also humor. I'm not sure how I came up with her. However, in one of the books I included a Humphrey Bogart look-alike who wanted to be a PI, and the readers liked him so much I gave him his own series. He ended up being a reluctant sleuth.

By the way, a food stylist is a good choice because people are always looking for something different.

I have an old standalone book I'm rewriting at the moment. I'd like to try it on that Amazon publishing program and see what happens. Just curious if it would do anything.

I'm not sure how you find time to write if you're an attorney. As I recall my old boss had very little extra time on her hands. What kind of law do you practice? I'm assuming I understood correctly, that you're an attorney.

 

At 12:29pm on December 17, 2012, Marja McGraw said…

Thanks for stopping in, Michelle! There's nothing I enjoy more than talking about writing, so when you have time, tell me a little about your two series.

 

At 11:01pm on October 11, 2011, Samantha Anastacia said…

Hello Michelle!

I was just notified that you have joined my Group Blooming late but I see you joined on the 5th so forgive me that I an late in welcoming you! But Thank you for joining!

We have some wonderful gals here that are in varying stages of their writing careers and are a great source of support,encouragement and inspiration for writing and I hope you find a writing home with us!

Please introduce yourself in the To Kick Things Off discussion and also let us know your writing accomplishments and goals.

We have a lot of discussions and activities here and I hope you find writing support and participate in things that interest you.

I am glad you are here and WELCOME to the group!

Samantha Stacia

At 3:11pm on October 11, 2011, Misty Chavis Rosenfeld said…

Location: Same town:

Does your town in South Carolina actually exist but you have renamed it?? I spent part of my life in a small rural community, not even a town, and part of it in Florida - the story that I am working on will actually take place in this small  rural community & most of the people that I grew up with & around:

 

I'm going to assume from that you said that I should really rename the town/community into one that is fictional since I'm writing fiction - what about the highways & street names? did you rename those as well

 

Thanks

Misty

 
 
 

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