Re-Post of My Guest Blog With Mark!

And I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know each other. You’re a great friend, Aimee.

Aspire To Be Who You Were Meant

I recently guest blogged with Mark, and figured it would be great to share what I wrote to my own blog!  Feel free to share! Have a blessed week!


Aimée Marie Bejarano Indie Author of multi-genre novels such as: “The Gateway Series” “The Angelica Series” and “Possessions of the Human Kind” Saga Chapter One.
Owner of Dead Man Walking Publications- website coming soon!

Recently I began really praying what I can bring to the table with the blog. I began thinking of my journey as a writer, beginning at age 16. Well, then I zoomed to the present. There are many things I can indeed help bring to the table in regards to what I did wrong. Publishing isn’t easy, the same goes for writing. I’m sure Mark can tell you it’s certainly a lot of work to proofread because you are trying to polish up every…

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Make A Scene – The TADA Method by Gabriela Pereira

Good advice to help your readers have a more enjoyable experience in your stories.

Writing and Illustrating

MAKE A SCENE By Gabriela Pereira

You’ve probably heard the writing class cliché “show, don’t tell,” but rarely does anyone explain how to do it. Telling is when you skim the surface and summarize what is happening in your story. It’s great for transitions or to convey information quickly, but it doesn’t allow the reader to sink into the scene and feel like they’re there with the characters.

Showing is what brings a scene to life. When you do it well, your reader will feel like they’re side by side with your characters, experiencing your story as it unfolds. But don’t be fooled into thinking that you should always show and never tell. If you describe each and every detail of a scene, you risk boring your readers to tears. In children’s books it’s especially important to find a balance between show and tell because you have very tight word…

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Author & Editor, Traci Sanders

Hey, everyone. I had sent this post out before it was my day for the tour. But I’m doing it on the right day today. My special friend Traci Sanders is doing a tour of her new set of books specifically designed to help writers. Traci and I became friends when I asked her to be my editor. I’d watched her for a while on our Facebook group forum, Writers and Authors…and Readers and liked what I saw her posting. She’s a great lady and knows her stuff.

Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies.

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children’s, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

TIP 145: Getting tense


The following tip, and many more like it, can be found in Before You Publish: Tips on grammar, writing, and editing, now available in digital and paperback format.
You can think of this as a reference guide, rather than a book you need to read from cover to cover. It will become your new go-to guide for all things writing, grammar, and editing. The tips are easy to follow and explained in simple terms that anyone can understand and put to use right away.
This tip is about an important topic many authors find challenging. Some authors may not even realize they are making this one detrimental mistake.
Sometimes even readers don’t realize what’s missing or wrong with the story. They just know something isn’t quite right. Then they submit reviews such as:
“I just didn’t connect with the story like I hoped I would.”
“It was an uncomfortable (or confusing) read for me.”
“This wasn’t an enjoyable read for me.”
“This was a nice story, but it contained a few errors which were distracting.”
Then there are the more intense readers (English majors/grammar police/those who “could have written it better”) who will pick up on the tense problems right away—especially if they ARE authors or editors, or have a great deal of experience in professional writing. 
Readers SHOULD get an author’s best work! Therefore, paying attention to tense shifts in writing is just as important as correcting grammatical errors. 
Here are a few examples of tense shifts. Sometimes they are subtle. See if you can spot them.
Example 1:
His fingers traced the outline of my lips and he leaned in to me. An electric charge surges through my body at his touch and butterflies are dancing in my stomach. Then, in one smooth motion, he blessed my lips with his own. It was warm and soft … perfect, just as I’d remembered. Notice the paragraph begins in the past tense. Then in the second sentence, the author moves to the present tense as if the kiss is taking place in the moment. 
Example 2:
It has been six months since we had seen one another. I have no idea what to expect or what he is expecting. The plane lands and taxis around the lot. On pins and needles I keep my eyes locked on the gate. Finally, he came into my view and all my worries disappeared. He was back in my arms where he belonged. This paragraph is all over the place, but I see it in fiction writing all the time. First, it’s in present tense and halfway through that sentence, the tense shifts to past. Then it jumps back to present in the second and third sentence. And in the last two sentences, we are back in the past. I highlighted the key words to help you spot the differences in tense this time. 
Here are 5 tips to avoid tense shifts in your writing:
Before you do the final proof, click on the “Find” feature in Word. Type in “ing.” The program will find any words ending in “ing” to allow you the chance to change them if needed. The same can be done with “ed” depending on what tense your story is supposed to be in. 
During the final proof, read one line at a time, checking the verbs for tense shifts. Take breaks every few chapters to be able to come back to your story with fresh eyes. Read your story out loud and you will more likely hear the shifts more accurately.
Read other books. A lot. See if you can spot tense shifts in the books you read. I’ve even noticed them in traditionally published children’s books – by Scholastic! The more you study other books, the more you learn what NOT to do and how to do it right. The more you practice in your own writing, the more proficient you will become in this part of the craft.
Be sure to check your dialogue as well. Tense shifts can sneak into dialogue just as easily. 
Be sure to get an extra set of eyes, if not two, on your document. Others tend to find our faults better than we do. 
Here is some add-on advice on this topic, shared by Stephen Geez:
This is an important tip, Traci. It boggles more than my mind how often story-tellers don’t keep present and past tense clear. I’m thinking of lots of common mistakes at the more advanced level, too, but I’ll limit this to two examples:
A lot of writers don’t realize that a shift in tense (especially with participles) requires staying in that shift for the rest of the sentence unless specifically shifting back. Even fewer realize it is proper (and preferable) to continue that shift for the entire paragraph (another of the umpteen criteria for proper paragraph breaking). For example: “She had had every possible kind of bad blind date.” If the paragraph will go on to describe a dozen examples, many writers will continue to manually shift every sentence: “She had had no-shows. She had had run-and-hides.” etc. When the first sentence of a paragraph has any combo of have/had, the rest of the paragraph nearly always should not have any. Thus: “She had had every kind of bad blind date. Men failed to show up. Others ran and hid.” etc.
Once the first sentence shifted us, the rest can (usually should) be simply in past tense.
When you have a paragraph freckled with hads and haves (which you can Word search to look for yellow blemishes), it’s time to revise everything after the shift. Now, the next paragraph is an auto-reset, so you need to shift again if you intend to continue the same pattern.
Another common one is a form of comma error. With present participles (evidenced by those ING endings Traci pointed out), you can go all day adding those clauses with a comma to start each, and they always reflect the tense of the opening clause.
Thus a past example: “He always RAN to the store, PAUSING to greet neighbors, ENJOYING the sunshine, SINGING a happy song…”
Thus a future example: Someday he WOULD recover and RUN to the store again, PAUSING to greet, ENJOYING the sunshine, SINGING…”
The first set of ings are put in the past tense by RAN and in the future tense by WOULD…RUN.
Here’s the kicker that’s critical to know, a comma rule: When you start an ING clause with a comma, it throws it back to the sentence subject. When you omit the comma, it attaches it to the nearest previous noun, which can void (in rare examples) the tense string I just described.
Thus: “Bob found Fred WALKING in the park” with no comma before the ING means FRED WALKING (Bob could have been biking when he found him walking). A comma in “Bob found Fred, WALKING in the park” throws the ING verb back to the subject Bob. We know Bob was walking, but maybe Fred was TAKING a nap in the grass.
Traci started with the basics because many need to sort that out. However, even if that much is clear to you, never forget the abundance of more advanced nuances that can and should come into play. Practice the proper, discover the nuanced, and enjoy the wonder in how the finer wordsmiths manipulate all this into art.
Thanks, Traci. You sure are hitting a lot of my head-shakers. Be sure to check out Traci’s new books. Like I said…she knows her stuff.

How Biased Can the News Media Be?

The news media hasn’t liked Donald J. Trump since he first started campaigning for the office of President of the United States, and still he won. They continued to ridicule the candidate and his family all through the campaign process, and still he won. Did that stop the news media? No! They continued their vendetta against the man, and his family, all through the campaign, and still he won the candidacy for the Republican party. Did that stop them? Again, no! And President Donald J. Trump won the election for President of the United States of America. Did Hilary Clinton’s labeling of his followers as “deplorables” dissuade the public? No! The public took on the label and now proudly wear it on T-shirts, websites, in social media, and anywhere else they can do so.And after all this…what is the news media doing now? They are going to every disgruntled person they can, near and far, in the U.S. and abroad to find every negative comment they can about our new President.HOW BIASED CAN YOU BE?What ever happened to truth in reporting? What ever happened to the integrity of the reporter? They are allowed by law to report anything they want to report. This freedom was initially given to them by our government because at that time they were trying to represent the words of the people…all the people. Is that true today? No! They don’t represent me and my thinking. They don’t represent the majority (and I do mean the majority) of people I know on social media from all over the world and all walks of life. All the news media seems to want today is to stir up any dirt they can find or keep any wound (that they probably opened in the first place) festering. I, for one, am sick of it.We, the people, do not need the “News (and I use that term loosely) Media.” We have social media to find out what is going on around the world. And if the “News” media thinks we need them to tell us what the world is saying, or even what our fellow citizens are saying about anything, they are sadly mistaken. The majority of people on social media have friends all over the world. They have friends in high places, and they have friends who have friends in high places. I’m not alone in that. You think we can’t find out what is really going on in the world?All the reporters want to do today is talk to anyone who is against President Trump. I listened to it for half an hour this morning. Did they one time talk to anyone who is rooting for the new President? No! At the beginning of his campaign, I was not impressed with Donald J. Trump. But the more I learned about the man, the more I softened. I still wanted another candidate, but when that candidate was taken out of the running, I had to chose another. I continued to listen. And the more the news media slammed Mr. Trump, the more I began to wonder what was going on. I didn’t trust the news media even then, and the more they kept up the witch hunt, the more I disliked and distrusted them.Biased reporting. Do we need it? NO! I can go to my friends and acquaintances on the social media all over the world, high places and low, and find the truth about what’s happening to them, and to their communities.Biased reporting. I don’t need it. I will pray for our new President, Donald J. Trump. I’ll ask God to protect him, especially from the “News” media.

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A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

Since my book, His Perfect Love is now published and available on Amazon, Kindle, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble Online Store, I’ve begun to work on my very first published novel. My first three books where written before I knew anything about writing, and I’m in the process of correcting them now.

Chapter one of A Very Present Help is rewritten and has gone through a thorough critique from my fellow author critique partners in the American Christian Fiction Writers. And I’ve come to believe that it’s harder to change a writing style from an already published work than it is to write the story in the first place. But the story is worth it, and I believe my readers will be pleased.

Having said all that, you now know why I haven’t been making many posts here on Niume. My days are very filled with writing related work. My very first newsletter came out yesterday, which I’m pleased to say was received well by all my subscribers. Great reviews on that (as well as His Perfect Love LOL) and I’m encouraged.

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