Little Sis…


My Twin and I

Matthew and Charity are fraternal twins, which were born to proud parents Joshua and Melody Wishman on Sept 17th. The gleaming parents were only expecting one child, but eight minutes after Matthew was born. The doctor announced that she was having another baby, which was a beautiful baby girl. Both parents were doubly surprised at the second child’s birth, because they only planned for one child. The proud grandparents seen the babies and offered to go buy what the couple needed for the surprise delivery.

They share everything as they grew up, but sometimes they argued a lot and fought over things they didn’t want to share. As they grew into young children, both of the twins began trying to create their own identity. For years the parents heard the twins squabbling about not wanting to share a birthday anymore.  So, their parents let Matthew have the actual birthday and Charity got to pick her own date. She chose Oct. 28th , and finally the twins stopped squabbling about sharing birthdays and became best of friends.

Charity was about five years old when she began collecting rocks and animals of all kinds, even the slimy yet icky ones. Her mom cringes every time she brings a new animal that she has found. When she was twelve years old, Charity had caught non-venomous snakes and different types of lizards. Matthew thought his sister was also weird, because she is always catching some kind of wild animal every day…even bugs!

Matthew didn’t say anything, but he knew she was the coolest little sister that anyone could have. He was surprised that she started began researching the animals around her area at seven years old, in order to learn more about the wildlife that she enjoys catching. Matthew was shocked when she began explaining that some wildlife was called venomous and some are called non-venomous animals.

Charity had no fear of wildlife, which privately Matthew and his parents worried about her getting bitten by a venomous animal. She told Matthew that when she gets older that she will work with wildlife. Matthew gave Charity a camera for her 14th , birthday, so she can take pictures of the wildlife instead of catching them. However, she still caught animals and photographed them and then brought them home anyway.

Today, she came in will a huge bullfrog and she began begging her mom, “Can I keep it?”

Her mother said, “No, the bullfrog has a family that misses him, just as I would miss you if you just disappeared. So, take him back to where you found him, so he can find his family and you come back right away for supper.”

Charity nods and returns the bullfrog to his home at the pond, where she found him at. At first the frog, just sat there and seemed shocked to Charity. She picked him up and hugged him to say goodbye to her bullfrog. Immediately, he jumped out her arms and she left a few tears out, as she watched him disappear. She heard someone walking up behind her and she wiped her tears away and turned to see Matthew.

“I’m sorry Sis. I know that…” Matthew said.

Charity cut him off, “You are not sorry, because you hate the things I catch.”

“What? I don’t like what you catch, but I do think it is awesome that you are brave enough to catch whatever animals you find. I bought you the camera, so you can take pictures to remember all the animal friends you have met. Plus, you’re my best friend and I don’t like when you are sad for any reason.” Matthew explained.

“Really…I didn’t know you felt that way. By the way, your only eight minutes older than me.” Charity replied.

They hugged and began heading home, but all of a sudden Charity bolts to the bushes next to the pond. She pops out of the bushes with a turtle and she gave her brother an extensive education about the turtle she was holding. He giggled to himself, because she looked so excited while talking about the turtle. However, her mood changed when she put the turtle back in the bushes.

“You really should find a way to work with wildlife, because you obviously know a lot about all types of nature’s animals. You light up when you are talking about wildlife and how they live, what they eat, and other neat facts about the animals.” Matthew said.

“Maybe, I could volunteer at the local zoo?” Charity answered.

They headed home and washed up for supper, yet Charity was so excited for some reason, but her mom had no idea what she was excited about. They settled down to supper and finally their mom had to inquire about the secret between Matthew and Charity.

She asked both of them, “What is the secret that you two have.… Spill it?”

“I want to volunteer somewhere where I can work with wildlife.” Charity declared.

Well, if you stop bringing your friends home, I will help you find a good place for you to be a volunteer.”

“Deal….Thanks mom!” Charity agreed.

Later, Matthew search on the internet for different places, which can volunteer at and he wrote their information down. Charity was surprised when he handed her the list of wildlife sanctuary’s to call tomorrow.

“Thanks…I am surprised you did this for me.”Charity said.

“I will do anything for my courageous, yet weird little sister!” Matthew replied.

©2008, Crystal S. Kauffman

The Rule Of Mystery Writing


rulesAs a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules that should be followed when writing your novel. Read other mystery novels, in order to familiarize yourself with the rules and see how other writers incorporate the rules.

Each resource will word or list the rules differently, depending on what website or reference book that you consult. There are many websites, which list tips and advice for new mystery authors.

Always show the story, instead of telling it to the reader. Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to life with each word.

Here are the rules:

First: Never open your story by describing the weather, unless you are trying to create an atmosphere. Try to be brief in your description of the setting or you will bore your readers and lose their attention. Also, describing the weather is permitted, if your main character is having a discussion about it with someone. Always use the beginning to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops.

Second: You will want to avoid adding a prologue, because they are unnecessary and annoying. Actually, prologues usually belong in non-fiction writing, but there have been exceptions to this rule.

Third: Use only the verb “said”, when carrying dialogue between the characters. This way, the author stays out of the story and the characters take the lead.

Fourth: You should never use an adverb that modifies the verb…said. Since, it will disrupt the flow of the words and make the story hard to understand.

Fifth: Always limit the amount of exclamation points that you use, to only two or three per every 10,000 words. This way, your dialogue stands out for each the reader, without the use of the exclamation point.

Six: Don’t words like “suddenly” or all hell broke loose”, since you don’t really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories don’t need much dialogue between the characters.

Eight: Never describe your characters, since the characters should remain a mystery also. You should give them a voice, which speaks throughout your writing.

Nine: Try not to use too many details in describing the settings the characters are in. The story will become boring as the action and the flow or the story is interrupted.

Ten: Always omit the parts of the story, which you think that a reader will skip. A good mystery novel should keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

If you follow these rules, you are bound to write a best-selling mystery novel. It will keep your readers interested and wanting to see what happens in the end. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing
Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007
http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

The Rules for Mystery Fiction Writing


My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

As a new mystery author, you will find that there are certain rules, which you must follow when writing your novel. Read other mystery novels, in order to familiarize yourself with the rules and see how other writers incorporate the rules. Each resource will word or list the rules differently, depending on what website or reference book that you consult. There are many websites, which list tips and advice for new mystery authors.

Always use the beginning of the story to capture the reader’s attention and hold their interest, as the story develops. If you follow these simple rules, you will finally be able to write that best-selling mystery novel.  The story must keep your readers interested and compel them to see what happens to the main character at the end of the story. Furthermore, create a sleuth that has a rounded personality with problems and issues. Therefore, when your sleuth solves the mystery, their personality grows also.

Keep yourself out of the story and allow your characters to come to life with each word. Here are ten mystery writing tips that will help you get started from Mystery Ink Online.

     First: Never open your story, by describing the weather unless you are trying to create an atmosphere. Try to be brief in your description of the setting or you will bore your readers and lose their attention. In addition, describing the weather is permitted, but only if the main character is discussing the weather with a friend.

Second: You will want to avoid adding a prologue, because they are unnecessary and annoying. Actually, prologues usually belong in non-fiction writing, but there have been exceptions to this rule.

Third: Use only the verb “said”, when carrying dialogue between the characters. This way, the author stays out of the story and the characters take the lead.

Fourth: You should never use an adverb that modifies the verb…said. Since, it will disrupt the flow of the  words and make the story hard to understand.

Fifth: Always limit the amount of exclamation points that you use, to only two or three per every 10,000 words. This way, your dialogue stands out for each the reader, without the use of the exclamation point.

Six: Don’t words like “suddenly” or all hell broke loose”, since you do not really need them in your story.

Seven: Use dialogue sparingly, since mystery stories do not need much dialogue between the characters

Eight: Never describe your characters, since the characters should remain a mystery also. You should give them a voice, which speaks throughout your writing.

Nine: Try not to use too many details in describing the settings the characters are in.

Ten: Always omit the parts of the story, which you think that a reader will skip. A good mystery novel should keep the reader on the edge of their seat and begging for more.

 

Reference:

Leonard, E. (2001) Writers on Writing

Retrieved on the World Wide Web on July 11, 2007

 http://www.mysteryinkonline.com/2004/11/10_rules_for_wr.html

The Value of Hiring a Copywriter for Your Business


girlwriting_118194931_stdHave you looked into the advantages of hiring experienced copywriters instead of trying to do-it-yourself? Did you know that they could save you money, while selling your product with their written words? If not, it is time to check out why a partnership with an educated and experienced copywriter would benefit your company in the future. Additionally, you will be able to work together to develop a successful ad campaign.

Valuable Asset

The right copywriter can use their words to paint a tantalizing picture and capture a potential customer’s undivided attention. They can create a buzz about your product or your services, by enticing potential customers with their words. Furthermore, the copywriter can become a valuable asset, since they have an extensive background in writing and selling. However, be sure to checkout his or her portfolio and references, before hiring anyone.

Cutting Costs 

A professional copywriter’s fee may seem too expensive at first, but you will only pay for their services once. However, hiring a professional is less expensive, than hiring an advertising agency or a special employee for each project. In addition, you will not have to worry about meeting deadlines or paying unexpected costs. The copywriter can focus on finishing the projects, instead of dealing with multiple clients or daily work responsibilities.

Beneficial Partnership

Working with a professional copywriter will allow you to maintain full control over your project, as it comes together. This new partnership is important, because you have intimate knowledge about the products or services you are promoting. The copywriter should be able to meet your communication needs, while working side by side with you. They should also be willing to listen to your suggestions, exchange ideas, and make immediate changes when necessary.

Conclusion

Copywriters are a valuable asset to any business, especially when you are looking ways to cut your current overhead costs. They are able to bring a fresh and unique perspective to every project, while promoting your product or service. With the right copywriter, your business can excel and eventually become a household name. Therefore, it is important to locate the right person for the job, since your company’s reputation depends on it.