Writing a Series

Sep. 16, 2020

The Colleen Broadhurst Adventure Series by Christine B.

When writing, a successful author should come up with something that keeps his/her readers interested, and in many cases that is writing books in a series. A series makes familiar and likable characters a part of the storyline and keeps the reader interested.

Of course, the first step to any good writing would be to create believable characters, and believable characters are written mostly by creating characters from people the author knows from real-life. Every person an author comes in contact with in his/her life might end up in one of their books one day. That is just one of the drawbacks of being a friend or an acquaintance of an author.

I know that everyone I know looks for themselves in my books, and they are likely to find themselves therein if they look hard enough, especially if they have a unique personality.

Back to the series, concept. Once you get a reader hooked on a series, it is much easier to sell your next book in the series to readers who has read other books in the series. The author just has to make sure they keep a list of the readers who have bought and read the first books.

A good thing to keep in mind, however, when writing a series, is that each book in the series should be a good book as a stand-alone, just in case the reader starts to read it without having read the previous books first. So, the author should always refer to the previous books in the current book, so that the reader is inticed to read the previous books as well.

If it worked for Agatha Christie with Miss Marple and Hurecle Poirot, it can certainly work for you.

Sep. 11, 2020

Pigeon Point Lighthouse ~ California (c) 2001 Chrostome B.

This is one of my favorite lighthouses in California. And this is one of my favorite Photoshop filters. It is called Fresco. It makes your photographs look like a painting. I bring all of my photographs through Photoshop Elements after I take them. I make sure they are all 300 dpi, that they are made smaller, and that their contrast is how I like it. Photoshop is my darkroom now for my digital photographs. I do not consider this cheating because I think about Ansel Adams and the hours he spent in the darkroom manipulating his prints in there. No one ever accused Ansel of cheating when he did that. Photoshop is a digital darkroom. It just has a lot more ways to tweak your photographs than the old darkrooms had. And aren't we lucky to have it?

Sep. 8, 2020

Lake Tahoe Rainbow ~ Christine B. (c) 2004

The most wonderful thing about a photograph is that it captures a moment in time forever. Well, if not forever, for as long as the photograph lasts. If the photograph is digital, it lasts much longer than if it is has been taken with film. I call photographs, "memory triggers." When you look at a photograph you remember what you were doing when you took the photograph, where you were, and who was with you. It triggers your memories of the event. Photographs keep the memories alive.
Not only are photographs artistic renderings of a certain subject matter, but they are considered works of art when they are set up proportionally perfectly. The general rule is that the subject matter should be in the third section of the photograph. In this particular photograph, everything seems to be in the third section of the photograph, so it is ascetically pleasing to the eye. And this particular photograph needed to be in color and not in black and white to capture its best value. I was able to capture all the colors of the rainbow in this shot. I just happened to be lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. That is a rare occurrence for a photographer. It wasn't planned. I just stepped out of my car, and this is what I saw. I just so happened to have my camera hanging around my neck at the time. Kismet.

Aug. 31, 2020

McWay Falls ~ Christine B (c) 2000

This is one of my favorite black and white photographs. It is difficult for me to believe how this shot could have been better if I had taken it using color film. Yep, this photograph was taken with film and it is not digital. It was taken before digital photography was popular, at least with me, anyway. It took me a while to be won over to digital. I was a darkroom lover. Although I did not have one of my own, when I had the opportunity to be in a darkroom it was difficult for anyone to get me out of it. Photographers who have never had the darkroom experience are missing out on one of the greatest parts of photography.

Aug. 30, 2020

I have found that an author's best fans are strangers, people who do not know me that well, where my closest friends and family members, with few exceptions, have not read my books. I CHALLENGE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO READ MY BOOKS, especially the Colleen Broadhurst Adventure series. You won't regret it.