Caylee Anthony

Caylee Anthony

Friday, October 23, 2015

Learning To Breathe Cover Reveal


From bestselling author, Marisa Oldham, comes Learning to Breathe: A novel based on the popular Falling Series.

Like the ocean, life is a beautiful force. One that can tear you limb from limb or lavish you in perfect moments.

Michelle Hathaway has it all: a view of the Eiffel Tower from her loft in Paris, a successful career as a fashion photographer, ownership in an up-and-coming art gallery, and jet-setting days filled with excitement. But, even with all that luxury, her life feels aimless.

Over the years, Michelle drifted on the tide of a long distance, on-again off-again relationship with Micah Roberts, a hot bass player in a popular rock band. When he finally asks her to move to Los Angeles to be with him, she risks everything, taking the leap into a new life.

Drowning in the wake of her decisions, she struggles just to breathe as destiny threatens to take everything. As unexpected events devastate her, will Michelle surface from the depths of despair?

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Michael Knost Writing Workshop (Part 2)

Hey guys! Welcome to the second installment of Michael Knost's Writing Workshop. Today we will be talking about point of view and dialogue. Here goes:


New writers seem to be baffled on how to choose POV. Either first or third person is most popular.

first person- I did this/that
third person- He/She did this/that

Each scene should be told from one specific POV

What your character thinks, feels,etc., your reader should be feeling, etc.
Each scene can only have one viewpoint character.
You can't know what characters are feeling, thinking, doing, etc. unless you are in that characters POV.

There has to be a scene change between POV's.
When writing POV keep in mind the viewpoint does matter. There should be a reason you are using a certain characters POV.

Every scene needs to have a goal. What characters should be in what scene?
Everything you write, sentences, scenes, etc. has to help move the story along.
A word choice can be incredibly powerful.

Always do outlines, no matter if you're an outliner or a panster.


These are excellent ways to come up with dialogue for your stories.

Listen and watch people
scribble down phrases you like

The right detail can bring the story to life as much as the wrong detail can destroy it.

Using names in speech tags is okay.
Speech tags- Mike said....
Tells who said what
Only use said in speech tags (or whispered on occasion)
You can also use he said/she said

Don't put words after said that end in LY. Use stronger verbs.Use adverbs when it works for you, but not constantly.

When your character says something, they get their own paragraph.

Action tags- Bob rose from his chair. "I have no idea."

Dialogue is action.
Make sure you keep it conversational!

Dialogue is good at revealing characters too!
In dialogue we can learn a lot about how people react to things. Give readers clues to how people react or do things.
Don't shove information down the readers throat. Let them come to their own conclusions.
Dialogue should sound like real speech. It should move the story forward while bringing the characters to life. Have characters do things as well as have conversations.
(Ex. Bob rose from his chair because...)

Read what you've written out loud and try to make your dialogue sound like something a real person would say. Don't do anything to pull your readers out of the story. Keep the illusion within the story.

That's it for this evening's post. I hope everyone can enjoy these tips and find them very useful! Until next time keep your minds sharp and happy writing! Later days  my fellow writing junkies!!!

My favorite books

  • Rebels At The Gate
  • The Father Factor
  • Jacob's Girls
  • James Patterson's Books
  • A Seperate Peace
  • The Pearl
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Hunt For Hawke's Daughter
  • Charlotte's Web
  • A Child Called "IT"
  • Sugar Baby

My Favorite Authors

  • Janie King Crouch
  • Elizabeth Heiter
  • Lynn Rush
  • Kelly Hashway
  • Langston Hughes
  • John Knowles
  • John Stienbeck
  • Charles Dickens
  • Max Lucado
  • James Patterson
  • Jean Barrett
  • Karen Young

My Favorite Movies

  • Kickin It Old Skool
  • Meet The Robinsons
  • My Girl
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Free Willy
  • Beauty and the Beast