ChuckWagon Poetry

A warm welcome to all of you reading my very first Tea with Tessa blog! When I discovered my date to blog was February 8th, I nearly keeled over, wondering how I could possibly compete with (a) a government shutdown; (b) the first day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While February is proving to be a busy month, there’s something else going on, and it’s huge!  The Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas! During the last week in February, cowboy poets gather in this lovely west Texas town to recite poems they’ve written, and in many cases, entertain you with country music.  For those of you who remember Roy Rogers and The Songs of the Pioneers, you will feel as though you’ve gone back in time when you hear some of these groups perform. If you’re a fan of tasty coffee and homemade biscuits…

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Hello from a new SMP author!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a member of the Soul Mate family! My name is Patti F. Smith and I live in the best city on earth—Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not coincidentally, my forthcoming book (August) is set here so you will get to “meet” the city, too!

a21 Isn’t it lovely? Just a small section of our downtown at night!

I will tell you a little about myself—please tell me about yourself in the comments! I’d love to meet future readers!

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and went to a small, liberal arts college called Adrian College where I majored in Political Science and Communications. After graduating from University of Wisconsin Law School, I practiced legal aid for about eight years. During that time, I worked primarily with low income clients on family law matters. On a whim I began teaching political science as an…

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Creating a Tantalizing Book Title

vintage ceremonyYou know that saying, “It’s all in a name”? It’s true for book titles. You’ll come up with a story line and then . . . a great title. Or, perhaps you have a title that pops into your head, and the story follows. For me, the story line always comes first. My novel’s title may miraculously appear early on in my writing, say Chapter 1 or 2 but more often I’ll finally decide on a title halfway through. Arriving at your book’s title is one thing—whether it’s a catchy, memorable one is another story.

Book titles are important—artistically and commercially. A good title resonates with a reader and will, according to publishers, help sell your book. Below, I’ve itemized 5 ways to help you create that magnificent moniker.

Alliteration. When we view a book’s title, we tend to read it silently, phonetically playing with the words. Double consonants resonate…

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The danger of self doubt

Good morning everyone. I’m so glad you stopped by.

This week I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to write for my turn on the blog. And to tell the truth, I had absolutely no idea.

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And until just now, I still didn’t know. But then as I tried to start my newest book over (I had lost all of my chapters due to a technical/equipment issue), I suddenly knew what I was going to write about.

No, not about lost work although it’s terrible and unfortunate thing. Anyone that has had this happen to them knows the pain and frustration this can bring. And for anyone that hasn’t experienced it, count yourself lucky because it is a horrible thing to endure as an author.

This time, as the above title suggests, is about self doubt. You know what I’m talking about right?

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The feeling that…

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This Year is Yours

Joanne Guidoccio

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

At the beginning of each new year, I reread the following poem for inspiration:

God built and launched this year for you;
Upon the bridge you stand;
It’s your ship, aye, your own ship,
And you are in command.

Just what the twelve months’ trip will do
Rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.

Your logbook kept from day to day
My friend, what will it show?
Have you on your appointed way
Made progress, yes or no?

The log will tell, like guiding star,
The sort of captain that you are.

For weal or woe this year is yours;
Your ship is on life’s sea
Your acts, as captain, must decide
Whichever…

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A Writer’s Prayer

Joanne Guidoccio

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Two years ago, I participated in a series of Artist’s Way workshops facilitated by Lisa Browning of One Thousand Trees. During one of those sessions, I encountered an interesting task: Create an artist’s prayer. While reflecting and researching, I discovered the following Writer’s Prayer written by Sandy Tritt:

Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style, so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and leave my reader thirsty for more.

Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters–their hopes, their wants, their dreams–and help me to confer that empathy to my reader.

Open my soul, Lord, so I…

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The Six Ds of Dialogue by C.D. Hersh

Dialogue is paramount in any story. Dialogue is the backbone of stage plays and screenplays, and is what actors memorize. Dialogue is the hinge pin of novels, especially in today’s fast-paced, want-the-story-to move-forward world. Yet, for many writers dialogue is the hardest thing to write. We can fill pages upon pages with purple prose, narrative, and information dumps, but often avoid dialogue.

Why? Maybe we’re afraid our characters will sound stupid, or their words will be stilted. Perhaps writers fear their characters will sound flat, or they will say too much or too little.

Or maybe we think our characters will sound the same, because, after all, it’s only one person creating all those different voices.

Personally, we find ourselves writing dialogue first then going back and filling in the narrative, the senses and other parts of the story. Maybe that’s because of our acting or playwriting background. Sometimes we…

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