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#MondayBlogs Writing Tips: Different Perspectives

8 Aug

I love writing from different perspectives. Both my YA series—The Timely Death Trilogy and Bad Bloods—are written in first POV but from two different speakers. I love using this technique for novel writing, because I enjoy first person, but I dislike how it restricts the storytelling to one character, especially when a scene would be better from a different perspective. So, I have two protagonists, and of course, there are complications that come along with this. What’s the most common question I am asked?

How do you make each voice unique?

I’ll provide a few aspects to keep in mind, but of course, this journey will be different for every writer and every novel. First, know that every character should have its own distinct voice. A reader should be able to open the novel and know who is speaking immediately. This is more difficult than it sounds, but it can get easier over time.

1. Perspective. 

The most obvious change between one voice to another is their unique perspective. What is their background? How do they feel? Where were they educated? Are they affecting the words, or are you? It’s important that characters have their own voice, and that voice will come out in combination with their personalities and backgrounds. For instance, your character who is a fashion designer would definitely use specific colors and fabrics to describe clothes, but your mechanic character might not.

2. Pay Attention to Diction and Syntax

Just like authors have their own “voice,” so do characters. Because of their backgrounds, characters will have different vocabularies. One character may use very flowery language, while another may have less of a need to elaborate. Consider their education, where they come from, and what they might know. The way they speak should differ, whether they are talking out loud or explaining the scene inwardly. Sometimes, syntax can be used to emphasize certain speech patterns, but be careful not to overuse syntax. Too many exclamations or repeated habits/phrases can become tedious and boring rather than unique and fun. Sometimes less is more. Little clues are normally enough.

3. Consider Rhythm

Honestly, I think rhythm is often overlooked, but paying attention to subtle changes in sound and length of sentences is important. One character’s thoughts may drag on, so their sentences are longer, while another might make short lists to contain their thoughts. Like everything making up your character, a person’s rhythm will depend on their personality, background, and goals. It could even change from scene to scene, but consistency is key.

All four of these women would tell a different story about this picture.

All four of these women would tell a different story about this picture.

One of my favorite exercises:

Write a chapter in which the two characters are talking. Write it from POV 1, and then, rewrite the exact same scene from POV 2. Check to make sure the dialogue and the physical actions are the exact same, but then, compare the thought process. How did the scene change? What does this change mean? Do they each bring a unique perspective? And out of those perspectives, which one is best to use?

As an example, two people can be talking and Person A could notice Person B is fidgeting. Person A may assume Person B is nervous, but when you tell it from Person B’s perspective, you learn that they are distracted, not nervous. These little bits can truly morph the way characters interact. I always encourage this exercise when starting out, even if the writer isn’t planning on telling from another’s perspective.

This exercise helps me understand the characters, and I feel more confident when I move onto a new scene. (Sometimes, it even helps me choose which scene to use…and worse case scenario, you have an extra scene to release as an extra for your readers.)

Have fun and good luck! 

Original posted March 31, 2013

~SAT

Bad Bloods: November Rain is FREE across all eBook platforms right now! (And I’m dutifully working on the next installment, too!) Happy reading. 😀

November Rain

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November Snow, 

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Ebook Release & Extras!

11 Jun

On June 12th, the ebook of Seconds Before Sunrise releases everywhere. But you can buy it on Smashwords today for only $3.89 by clicking here.

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You can win a Kindle from 7 – 9 p.m. this Thursday on Facebook by playing games and interviewing authors LIVE. AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is releasing the ebooks of Seconds Before Sunrise, A Dangerous Element, The Dragon Three, and Birthright. Just click here.

As a little extra, I wanted to share pictures that reminded me of favorite scenes in The Timely Death Trilogy with little excerpts.

Scene (1) Flying Scene. 

This first picture reminded me of the first flying scene between Eric and Jessica. The chapter is told from Eric’s perspective, but I wanted to include it because Eric’s only enjoyment comes from taking flights with Camille and Pierce. When he’s with Jessica, it comes naturally to him, but – obviously – not to her. But it also allowed her to show how quickly she can learn.

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Minutes Before Sunset, Eric, page 47

She screamed as her feet left the ground, and we shot into the sky. Her petite hands tightened on my jacket, and I twisted us into circles, shadows spiraling at our flying feet. The air spun around our bodies, winding our clothes with every moment and change in the atmosphere. I hadn’t flown in so long, and I had forgotten how alive I felt when I did.

“Shoman!” She wriggled against my grasp. “Put me down. Let me go!”

“If you say so,” I said, dropping her.

She plummeted, falling from my grasp and through the clouds. Guess she couldn’t fly. In an instant, I shot after her trail of shadows, grabbing her before she even neared the ground. Abruptly, she silenced, and her echoing scream pierced the air. As she hung from my grasp, her purple eyes blinked up at me.

“What the hell, Shoman?” She gasped as I pulled her up, steadying her against my chest. She dug her nails into me and glared. “I did not mean literally.”

Scene (2) The Bat Scene – Why bats?

I love bats. I know. I know. Most people do not, and – believe it or not – my love for bats has nothing to do with vampires. When I lived in Georgia, I saw fireflies for the first time. My brother and I ran around the back yard to catch all of the fireflies when a bat came out of nowhere and ate one right in front of me. The crazy part was how close it got to my face before taking a 90 degree turn and flying straight up into the air. When I looked up, there were dozens of them, and I’ve been in love ever since. But this isn’t the main reason I wanted bats to be in Minutes Before Sunset. I explained the main reason on Ky Grabowski’s blog, but here are the basics: the trilogy is based off of dreams I had and real events that sparked from those dreams. One morning, when I had a dream, I ran outside, half-expecting to see the people in my dreams, and I ran into a light storm settling over the sunrise, bats flying around in circling waves.

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Minutes Before Sunset, Eric, 208

She arched her neck, flicking her gaze over the mediocre spring shower. Thick raindrops fell from the sky, splashing against the water, and rain glittered against her hair. “I don’t see anything,” she said, turning back to me, but I pointed back up.

“Now you will.”

Bats, hundreds of them, circled and dipped, dove and flew, twisting through the air as they collected their dawning breakfast. She sucked in breath, and the gasp between her lips brought shivers to my spine in the same way the image of morning bats had when I first saw them as a child.

Scene (3) The forest

Since I shared the photo during my last post, I wanted to share a scene that showed the forest’s opening that leads to the Dark’s shelter. This forest is scene numerous times throughout all three novels, but the biggest moments (I feel) both happen at the beginning of Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise. In MBS, Eric sees Jessica for the first time. In SBS, Jessica is looking back for Eric without really realizing it.

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Seconds Before Sunrise, Jessica, page 4

I froze, gripping the cooling metal, and my blood turned into chilled water within my veins. I stared at my shivering hands and slowly brought my eyes up to the forest. The entrance was right in front of me, opening up to darkened brush and thickened ground. I only saw shadows, but I believed I could see more. A figure lingered in my memory, a vanishing outline in the darkness, even though no one was there. I fought the urge to shout at the trees.

Robb touched my shoulder, and I jumped. He stepped back, his eyes widened, and Crystal honked from the street.

“Jess?”

“I’m fine,” I repeated, brushing him off as I rushed past him. I didn’t want him to see my face. I felt like I was crumbling, and I didn’t want my friends, or anyone, to know it. My confusion was mine, even if it was bordering on insanity.

Perhaps I’ll post character profiles soon! I’m really enjoying sharing my Pinterest inspiration here, but I’m most looking forward to the eBook extravaganza this Thursday! I hope you all come. You can talk to me live, and you can win a Kindle!

~SAT

Want to Win Prizes, including a Kindle Paperwhite?

21 Nov

During my last post, ShannonAThompson.com hit 11,000 followers! Thank you to everyone who follows and supports me–as well as many other readers, writers, and dreamers.

Dont’ forget you can still enter this giveaway to win a signed paperback of Minutes Before Sunset.

As many of you know, I am a young-adult author. I keep you updated on this adventure on a regular basis. But I’m also a Social Media Marketing Manager (or Wizard!) for AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. And I don’t really update everyone on this equally as interesting adventure–so today, I wanted to share two virtual parties I’ve been working on that you can attend and win prizes like a Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, signed paperbacks, blog spotlights, and more! Check them out: (you attend them online, so no worries about traveling. You can stay in your pajamas in bed if you like!)

November 21: 

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Celebrate the anticipated mystery/thriller, Marsh Island, meet the author, and win prizes including 3 signed copies of Marsh Island (Book 1 of the Hirebomber Crime Series) from author, Oliver F. Chase, 5 Starbucks gifcards for $10, an ebook of your choosing from AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc., an ebook of your choosing from Amy DeJesus, horror, fantasy, new adult, and romance novels, and a spot on “Welcome to the Inner Workings of my Mind.

Simply click “join” and participate to win these prizes.

P.S. I’ve already read Marsh Island, and it’s fantastic! (But what else can you expect from a suspenseful thriller written by a former SWAT and FBI member?)

eBOOK eXTRAVAGANZA

December 12:

Ebook Extravaganza: 6-9 PM (CDT)

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway. Free and discounted books and eBooks. Tons of other prizes. PLUS: Get to know AEC authors, participate in games, and celebrate our first year of publishing with us!

This event will be really exciting because you can LIVE interview any AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. author–all while winning prizes (including that Kindle Paperwhite.)

So join us over on Facebook for the Ebook Extravaganza and the Marsh Island Launch Party

I look forward to participating in these events, especially to see who wins those prizes. In the future, I’ll be updating everyone on upcoming parties, so look out of that, too!

Thank you again for supporting me!

~SAT

Contest Winners and Poetry From My KU Reading

10 May

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest involving the final decision over the back cover of my young-adult paranormal romance, Minutes Before Sunset! As I’m writing this, we had 68 responses, and I’m really happy, because I love it when my readers can influence the final product. The voting went as follows (we considered the third part a vote on both, because very few seemed to see it, since it wasn’t visibly available):

Longer Description: 11

Shorter Description: 14

(Third received 3 votes)

After speaking with my publisher, since the split was so divided, we decided to go with the medium description with the author reviews, that way we get the best of both worlds 😀 Here’s the official photo:

The official Minutes Before Sunset cover, back and all, decided from your words!

The official Minutes Before Sunset cover, back and all, decided from your words!

The winners from the raffle are: (Email shannonathompson@aol.com within the week to receive your prize)

Paperback:

L. Marie (El Space)

eBook: 

kayuk (Where Do I Go From Here?)

whiteravensoars (Random Acts of Writing)

Nadeen Chrystal Davis (Nadeen’s Reading Corner)

Charles Yallowitz (Legends of Windemere)

Katsy Faustino (A Daily Dose of Katsy)

Congrats to the winners! But thanks go out to every person that contributed. If you still want a copy, Minutes Before Sunset is already available as an eBook through Amazon and Smashwords (includes Nook, Kindle, and more) along with KoboIt will be specifically available on Barnes & Noble when the paperback is released.

I also wanted to thank follower, Tuan Ho (The Noif Matrix), for posting an interview about my novel, Minutes Before Sunset. I really recommend checking it out, because Tuan Ho influenced the serious with the humorous, and it’s a great read! (It may or may not involved Shania Twain and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.) Click here to read it

And, as an extra, and special thanks, I wanted to post the two poems I read on Wednesday at the University of Kansas. Thank you to the Kansas followers who came out to listen to some talented poets I was blessed to get to know over the semester. (I had 10, so if you want more, I can post them. These are the two I specifically read.)

Terror-rium

We had an aquarium

A river, a lake, a sea.

On our desk—the ocean.

Our exotic fish, fished

from the very river, lake, or

sea which we have now.

On our desk—we provide forage,

food, plants, water, and fish.

The aquarium had us.

We had an insectarium

An arachnid, an insect, a butter

-fly. On our counter—the air.

Our countertop full of flourishing

flowers, fluttering wings of broken

butterflies, falling from feed, because

they drink—and we pluck their

wings, tape them to tapestries to

stare. Say, how pretty they are.

The insectarium had us

We had a terrarium.

A desert, a savannah, a floor of sand.

Our room is lit by a woodland, a

jungle, a place we’ve never been.

African violets decorate our reptiles,

all scales and shells and condensation.

It rains today—the lid which collected

our precipitation. Our pebbled floor,

formed over our marbled kitchen.

The terrarium had us

We had an arium,

and we destroyed it

to keep them on our desks,

nuzzled between family portraits and pens,

to remind ourselves of what

We used to have and

what we’ll never have

again, but at least they are

pretty, and no one needs

National Geographic to stare

anymore. We have our countertops.

In a world where traumas are written all over our bodies

He has a bipolar jaw line and a suicidal knee cap,

collapsing and shaking

and reverberating his thoughts through his PTSD lip.

It quivers, and she looks away with an autistic eyelid.

See her a deaf cheek?

Their blind foreheads fluctuate, and their arthritic fingers vibrate.

Reynard’s Disease. Or Disorder IV. Perhaps,

one we’ve never heard before consumes the heart that’s about to break.

I hope you enjoyed the contest and the poems as much as I did! I am so excited for the future, and I cannot wait for the paperback to be in my hands (and yours!) Time is moving forward so fast, and it’s astoundingly lovely.

As usual, thank you for your encouragement and support. In case you haven’t already seen, the acknowledgements page ends with this comment: “Thanks to the all the passionate writers, readers, and dreamers who follow me at ShannonAThompson.com and inspire me every day to keep writing.” 

That’s for you guys 😀 Have a great weekend

~SAT

P.S. If you’re looking for something to do, and you enjoy superhero flicks, I definitely recommend the new Iron Man movie! I saw it Tuesday, and it doesn’t disappoint!

Publishing Tips: Marketing Your Book

21 Apr

Website Update: April 22: 8:00 a.m.: Shannon A Thompson Facebook Fan Page hit 200 likes today! Thank you 😀

10 days before the Minutes Before Sunset release (AEC Stellar Publishing) ! 

I know many of you are fellow authors or are working to become one, so I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to bringing attention to your work. (Especially since I’m often asked how I gained as many followers as I have) So below is a list of aspects to consider along with websites before you begin marketing (which I used myself to get where I am today.)

1. Readers: There’s no mistake that they are my number one is my list. Readers are vital to an author’s ultimate success. A writer could have the best publishing team for their story available, yet if they don’t have a relatable and entertaining story, an author won’t make it. The readers, in the end, decide, and that’s why I really suggest connecting with your fans as much as possible. Have an email they can send you messages, questions, and reviews too. Connect with them on all the websites below (don’t force them to join, but rather connect with the ones that are already on the sites.) Create a Facebook page they can follow (since many don’t feel comfortable sharing their personal Facebook, and I completely agree with that.) and talk to them on there. Figure out what they like and what they didn’t like about your book. Be willing to change. Be even more willing to help them change by supporting their dreams to become a writer or something else entirely. Personally, I love searching around the web for fellow writers, readers, and bloggers. I follow their blogs, and I often like or comment on material. That way, I find readers, rather than expect them to come to me, and I don’t expect them to follow back. They can reciprocate or not, because I’m coming to them as a reader (not a marketing writer) and respecting their work. If they check me out, and decide to support me, that’s great!

Oh! And never stop writing. Even if you're drenched in monsoon rain in the middle of an airport.

Oh! And never stop writing. Even if you’re drenched in monsoon rain in the middle of an airport.

2. Internet: Join as many social networking sites as possible for both yourself and your work. If you click any of the website below, you’ll be taken to my personal page, but you can see how authors and readers can connect through these communications. You can even join, too!

  • Have a blog: If you don’t have a publisher yet, you’ll surely run into this in the future. Blogs are essential in connecting with readers, so you’ll almost be expected to have a website. If you don’t already have one that you keep updated on a regular basis, I’d suggest creating a page with a blog. I update mine (this very page) every two days (three if I’m having a particularly busy week) with information on entertainment, writing, and publishing. This allows my blog to be focused but also fun to write and fun for others to read. 
  • Facebook: No one can deny how popular Facebook has been over the past couple of years. Even when you create a new profile, you fill out your “likes,” and that’s where authors and books come in.

    One part of my Interactive interview on Twitter with Sezoni Whitfield.

    One part of my Interactive interview on Twitter with Sezoni Whitfield.

  1. Author Page: Create a page for only you. This way you can announce all of your books, events, and other announcements all on one page. Personally, my author page has the most activity, compared to my individual book pages.
  2.  Novel Fan Page: This is purely created so fans can put your book in the “favorite books” section and/or follow news specifically about the book they enjoyed. I have one for both “November Snow” & “Minutes Before Sunset.”
  • TwitterTwitter is wonderful for finding writers and readers. Simply use a hashtag (#) and find anyone under the sun that is discussing the topics you want to connect with. I’ve also done an interactive interview on Twitter with Sezoni Whitfield, and I gained 200 followers in one days.
  • Publisher’s page: If you have a publisher, be sure to include their page, information, and more contacts. This allows your readers to see what you’re up to professionally, and it also gives them the opportunity as writers to see how the situations differ and work.
  • GoodreadsShelfariBoth of these websites are focused on readers. It allows a place for readers to connect and discuss what they thought about a book. Add your novel to join in on the conversations which include reviews, favorite quotes, bookshelves, lists, and trivia.

    Flyer used

    Flyer used

  • Amazon Author Central: For both published and self-published authors, you can control your author page on Amazon. This is wonderful, because you can connect it with your novels, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also announce events.
  • Linked In: This is mainly for professionals you’ve connected with: publishers, agents, cover artists, editors, etc. But I recommend joining it, because you never know which one of those very types of people may come across your resume.
  • All Author’s ListA free database that enhances your ability to appear on the internet.

Think about the internet this way: the more you’re involved, the more likely your name will pop up on a Google search. Don’t hesitate to spread yourself across many social networking sites, because readers go to many different websites to find authors.

3. Now Market! 

Now that you’ve joined the World Wide Web, you can start sharing your name and news all over. Without going into extravagant details on all those websites again, however, I’ll give other opportunities.

  • Find local businesses willing to support you. Print out flyers and share them with their customers. I have to thank Ice Fire Hookah in Shawnee, Kansas for doing this for me. It is very kind to know such a great group of people willing to support the arts.
  • Accept interviews, but also apply for them: Currently I’ve done five interviews for Minutes Before Sunset, and I’ve added them to my Extra’s Page: If you want to interview me, please don’t hesitate to send an email to ShannonAThompson@aol.com
    1. Michael Fedison (March 11, 2013)
    2. Tim Flanagan (March 13, 2013)
    3. Dan Pantagram (April 16, 2013).
    4. Sezoni on Twitter’s #WritersKaboodle (April 18, 2013)
    5. The Magill Review (April 19, 2013)
  • Create Extras: This allows readers to interact with your work. I’ve talked about this before, so if you’re looking for ideas, visit my Extra’s Page. I also have 2 other extras coming this Wednesday !
  • Exchange Reviews: There are many authors like yourself that are wanting more reviews and buys. I’d suggest reviewing others’ works anyways, but if you don’t have a lot of time, I could understand why asking for them to exchange reviews is good. Try it out and see where you go from there.

I know today’s post was tedious, but if you have any questions or want further elaboration, comment below, and I will surely get back to you!

April 24: One Week To Go: Sneak Peek Chapter

News: Submissions Closing & Minutes Before Sunset Info

17 Mar

As a reminder, today is the last day to send book covers and/or book trailers for Minutes Before Sunset to ashleeironwood.com. Remember: “AuthorBlog” must be the title of the email, or you’ll be sent to the spam folder. If you want any information, you can always check out Writing Tips: Involving Your Readers for the original post. At midnight on March 18th, submissions will be closed.

I’ve already received a couple, and I’m really excited where this novel is headed.

I really enjoyed this one, but it was too Nicholas Sparks for a paranormal romance. A good friend of mine made it from a photo I took in Puerto Rico, but they don't have a website. The winner will be in the publication!

I really enjoyed this one, but it was too Nicholas Sparks for a paranormal romance. A good friend of mine made it from a photo I took in Puerto Rico, but they don’t have a website. The winner will be in the publication!

In terms of updates, Minutes Before Sunset is past half of the final revision work, and formatting is almost complete.  However, I’m hoping to release it in May, and so far my schedule is working. (Muh-ha-ha-ha.)

I’m really excited to be sharing a modern work with you all, considering November Snow will be six years old this August. (Six?! Can you believe that? I feel like a mother sending her child off to class to make friends. So I want to introduce this paranormal romance more and more over the next couple of days.)

I’m planning many posts: the front cover, the back cover, the sneak peak, the first chapter, the etc. etc. etc. If you have any ideas and/or questions, let me know, but I’m going to answer the most common questions I’ve already received first:

1. What kind of paranormal is your paranormal romance? What makes it unique from other paranormal romances? Is it young-adult? 

Minutes Before Sunset is a young-adult urban fantasy, falling under the paranormal romance umbrella. It takes place in Hayworth, a small Midwestern town with an unexpected nightlife. Shades and lights (my paranormal creatures, if you will) are fated to rage in war, and my protagonist is forced to lead it. I think one of the most unique aspects, however, is one of the main concepts: Archetypes are flipped. Lights are evil; darks are good. Winter is life; spring is death. The reasoning for this is explained, but it’s a surprise.

2. Is it told from two perspectives like November Snow?

Yes! The novel is told from Jessica Taylor, a new girl to town with roots from her adoption, and Eric Welborn. If you’d like to think of dual perspectives, Eric also struggles with his dual identity (every light and shade has a separate name when they transform) and his name is Shoman.

3. When did you write it? What inspired you? 

I originally wrote this book when I was fifteen, but it’s only recently that I’ve gone back to revise and work with it in order to ready it for publication. I was inspired by many things–mainly the fact that I love winter and nighttime, and archetypes really bothered me throughout school. I wanted to address that, but I also wanted to create a world that tore the two sides–Light and Dark–apart in a way that the line blurred. But that’s for another time to explain.

I hope you enjoy the additional information!

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There’s always more information. Click here :]

~SAT

From now on I’m going to try to put my next post topic here:

March 19th: Relax & Read: How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fisher

Publishing News: Barnes & Noble: Paperback

4 Mar

On February 28th, I received a letter from Barnes & Noble! I’m excited to announce that you all (Yes, YOU ALL) requested my novel through their retailer enough that they will soon offer November Snow as a paperback. I couldn’t be more grateful and excited to continue following the dream! So I truly thank you. I would’ve thanked you on Thursday, but I already had posts up, and I didn’t want to post over them, especially Writing Tips: Involve Your Readers, because that contest is how I’m saying thank you. I guess this means I’ll have to find another contest to thank all of you with!

If you follow my Author Facebook page, then you’ve already read this news and seen this photo:

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That creepy shadow behind me is, not only one of my biggest supporters, but he my father. :]

We had a great time going over the paperwork, (Who knew paperwork could be so much fun?), and I’ll keep you all informed as things move forward.

The most recent news is always found here :D I will like your Facebook page as well. Just send me a message!

The most recent news is always found here 😀 I will like your Facebook page as well. Just send me a message!

Again, thank you for all of your support! I couldn’t do this without you.

~SAT

P.S. I’m loving these questions & covers I’m receiving for Minutes Before Sunset. It’s going to be great :]

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