Mystery Thriller Week Book Review: The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery by Robert J. Ray

The Weekend Novelist Writes a MysteryThe Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery by Robert J. Ray

  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (August 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English



My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Author, Writer, or Storyteller? A Guest Post from Jack Kregas

I read offerings on social media from authors, or potential authors, who worry if what they write is good enough or if anybody will like it. They ask questions. What if I have negative reviews? Do I need more writing lessons? It seems to me that more time is spent on self-doubt than actual writing. They are making it all too difficult when it should be fun. I’m not qualified to judge anyone and my only intent is to offer observations.
Until 18 months ago, I had never written anything except a report at school, which got me a C. I am not an author nor am I a writer. I am a storyteller. I write as if I am relating an event in your living room. The result is, in the past 18 months, I have written and published five books. A two-part autobiography and three novels.    
If you have a story in your head, start writing. Don’t worry about anything but getting the story down. Write what comes into your head. Let the story out in your words. Understand the characters and speak as they would, slang, bad English, etc. After a couple of hours walk away and think about what happens next.
The next day read yesterday’s work, make changes and corrections if needed. Then continue. It’s much easier for the story to come out when you have no hang-ups about how good it is, or if someone will like it. Personally, I never do outlines, drafts or think of a rewrite. I let the story lead me without being entirely sure of where it is going or how it ends.
Telling the story is the easiest part, the business side takes more time to learn. That is for another day.
Listen to what readers say and learn without taking the negatives personally. Keep in mind that writing books costs you money, you write for your own personal reasons and satisfaction, and remember if your book is read and enjoyed by only one person, you are a success.     

Thanks to Jack Kregas for this guest post. He is a featured author participating in Mystery Thriller Week and his books will be available throughout the event. He has agreed to share his post as a source of encouragement to new writers and to fans that have a small grain of an idea inside.

kregas   Jack Kregas was born in the north-east of the United States. He is now an Australian citizen living in Brisbane, Australia. After publishing his first book in 2015, an autobiography of his adventurous life, he has written another three books and is currently working on his fifth book.

Authors Choose Your Hour For This #MysteryThrillerWeek Showcase!



Shine Mystery Thriller Experts Shine!

Mystery Thriller Expert Hour  is a live interactive hosting event that will run 24 hours a day during the #MysteryThrillerWeek. The events start February 12, 2017, and will conclude at midnight February 22, 2017. Choose the date and time that you want to shine.

Authors personally share your new book, book cover, book trailer, answer questions from your fans. This is your hour to promote your book. Hold a live chat, make a video and present it live during your hour. The floor is yours to do with as you choose.

Publishing experts can mentor  unpublished writers with hints and tips on getting published. Instruction on self-publishing as well as tips on finding an editor, agent, or publisher. Editing mentoring or your very own brand of special instruction. This is an opportunity for you to help those with what you know.

Unpublished writers share your work and build an audience. Mystery and thriller readers that are all looking for new writers to chill them and entertain them in their favorite genre. This is a golden chance to be “discovered.”

If you are daring, choose several different dates and times. Meet new readers, hold contests, give away some swag.

Sign up while there are time slots available!…/1_HgCvLw6Bg8-WdLaThggIRQ3qK…/edit…

As this is a Facebook Platform, you will need a Facebook account in order to host and participate. This is the perfect time to join the Facebook revolution if you have not already.  For more information on the #mysteryThrillerWeek, go to the official website and learn more about the opportunities. Then sign up.

Beloved reviewers, I have not forgotten you, check out the recent books for review page. This is how you can find those mystery and thriller books to review for #MysteryThrillerWeek.