For those new to my blogs I am a soapbox jumper, quite an enthusiastic example in fact, and a soapbox has presented itself this morning.
My publisher completelynovel.com (search for my books in paperback by entering David L Atkinson) are proactive in helping authors who use their services. Today they've produced an '8 ways of winning short story competitions'. Within the detail it includes 'choosing a good first sentence' and within that there is a list of 40 examples of good first sentences. It could be argued 'a can of worms'.
Let me say this once again. If there was a way of guaranteeing success, either 7 ways or 40 ways, or whatever number; every author who adopted those 'lists' would be successful but they're not.
There are no guarantees.
There is hard work. eg Ray Bradbury
There is luck. - eg J K Rowling
Let me become successful and I will relay as to how I believed it happened but for now the old advice is as good as any,
'write from where you're at'
'write to satisfy your own needs'
My e-mate Caleb Pirtle has produced a blog on the value of suspense which is excellent and can be found at Venture Galleries.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.