In the digital age of Kindles and other e-readers, you might think that book clubs have gone the way of any other non-virtual interaction. I can personally assure you that you are wrong…Pistils was selected by at least two book clubs (that I know of) as a featured read. Considering it was our first venture […]
One of my hugely informative author profiles. Don’t do this. Author profiles are an essential part of book marketing and promotion. An a…
Book review: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Where most children are proof of their parents’ love, I was the proof of their criminality.
Apartheid is one of those subjects that I know embarrassingly little about beyond the basics. If you’re in the same position, I highly recommend comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s 2016 memoir, Born a Crime, of his unique experience growing up as mixed-race in apartheid-era South Africa. Noah was born to a South African Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father. His very existence was a serious crime under the laws of apartheid, under which both sexual and romantic relationships between blacks and whites was penalized criminally.
Apartheid was a police state, a system of surveillance and laws designed to keep black people under total control. A full compendium of those laws would run more than three thousand pages and weigh approximately ten pounds…
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Since publishing my memoir Even Rain Is Just Water last June, I’ve come to learn the power of book reviews as marketing tools. (Also, it’s been a minute since I posted a review to my Review Page.) So, I’m officially hanging out my Book Reviewer shingle.
If you published a memoir last year, and would like an honest review of your book, please email me via my Contact Page. There are 18 slots available, beginning March 15th. (I’ll need your book at least two weeks before the review.) First come, first serve.
I look forward to reading your stories!
If you are planning on writing a story, there is something you need to consider besides basic plot structure. You need to determine your Inciting Incident.
What incident will compel your protagonist to act?
What Is an Inciting Incident?
To incite means to stir, encourage, or urge on; to stimulate or prompt to action.
An inciting incident, then, is an event that forces your protagonist to act, compelling them to stop sitting around and do something.
Shawn Coyne has this to say about inciting incidents:
No matter the unit of story (beat, scene, sequence, act, or global Story) what the inciting incident must do is upset the life balance of your lead protagonist/s. It must make them…
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It’s February and that means Black History Month in the United States, which also means #ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge 2018 is underway! #ReadSoulLit is the brainchild of Didi Borie, who shares her impressions of the books she reads on her blog and book tube channel, both aptly named Brown Girl Reading. Didi and I first got […]