Good evening to all.
Tonight in the Reading With the Authors column, Jo E. Pinto author of, The Bright Side of Darkness has dropped in to share a couple of great books on writing which she’s found helpful to her in her writing career.
It sounds as though she’s heard this author speak as well, so I hope you’ll take her advice to heart.
Once you’ve read her reviews, I’d like to invite you to continue reading to learn all about how to pick up a copy of her wonderful book. Which by the way I’m currently rereading curtesy of Audible.com.
Two Great Books on Writing
By J. E. Pinto
I’ve read a lot of books about the writing craft over the last three decades. Many hold worthwhile advice, and a few have been truly helpful in my career as an author. But two have been nothing short of revolutionary for me. Both of them are by Stant Litore. The first is “Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget (Toolkits for Emerging Writers Book 1), and the second is “Write Worlds Your Readers Won’t Forget (Toolkits for Emerging Writers Book 2).”
If you follow the practical advice and complete the writing exercises in these books, your characters and settings will leap to life on the pages of your novels and short stories. These books help you think about why human beings act and feel the way they do and how their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, habits, secret fears, behaviors, and motivations are intertwined, and then how those emotions and actions make the characters interact with their families, churches, and other social institutions. Conflicts and plots seem to flow like magic out of character and setting, which before may have been only side notes to the story..
I discovered these books when I attended a workshop Stant Litore taught about characterization. I’ve sat through character-writing classes before; I thought I knew the tricks of the trade. Give your characters defining physical attributes or gestures, certain catch phrases that set them apart, particular foods they like or dislike, personality traits readers will relate to. But we bypassed all of that in a few moments and went deeper. We started talking about love and loyalty, fear and rage—the deep motivators that lift characters off the pages of books and propel them into the hearts and souls of readers, that turn them from ideas that fade when novels end into memories that live and breathe in people’s minds for years or even lifetimes.
If you choose only two books to study about the writing craft, obtain these small volumes by Stant Litore. You’ll get out of them what you put in, so complete the writing exercises and look up the examples. Your fiction will improve dramatically as a result of your efforts. And if you happen to travel to Denver, catch Stant locally at one of his live workshops. You’ll be glad you took the time to hear him teach.
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.
What is a family? Rick Myers is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with in a run-down apartment building. Fast with their fists, flip with their mouths, and loyal to a fault, “the crew” is all he has.
At least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, independent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself.
But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Fortunately, his life is changed by a couple with a pay-it-forward attitude, forged out of their personal struggle with grief and loss. Their support makes all the difference to Rick and eventually to the ones he holds most dear as they face their own challenges.
“The Bright Side of Darkness” is a story of redemption and the ultimate victory that comes from the determination of the human spirit
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