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BOGO writing: Editor's Notes #367
June 15, 2022

While it is a novel, and therefore fictional,
I find myself often putting the book down and googling something and learning a bunch of things I did not know before.

—Kerrianne Christine Ferrier

In this issue:

1. BOGO writing
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1.BOGO writing
Notices of BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) always draw my attention. BOGO writing delivers two experiences for the price of one. In this article, I’m writing about the well-written novel that also offers gems of information.

Like Kerrianne, in the quote above, I take special delight in learning things from novels, and like Kerrianne, I often use information from novels as doorways to whole new worlds of learning.

Whether you are a reader who also loves the hidden gems of facts or ideas sprinkled through a story or not, you can be a writer who offers your readers a BOGO reading experience.

Writers are often admonished, "Write what you know." But most of us also write what we are learning or what we can imagine. When we research deeply, we can’t help enriching the reader’s experience as we include little-known facts.

Delighting our readers is one worthy reason to spend the time to deepen or broaden our knowledge. If you want a trade publisher to take your book, writing a BOGO book is one way to increase the chances of getting a contract.

School teachers often choose to assign readings from BOGO books. Including a reference section in the back matter makes such books more appealing to educators, increasing sales.

Whether to offer a purely pleasurable reading experience or to increase the likelihood of publication or sales, BOGO writing is a good thing.

2.Tickled my funny bone
Bridge is a card game in which a good deal depends on a good deal.

3. Interesting Web site
Not sure about research to enhance BOGO writing? Here is an excellent article on the topic. Tight writing, full of information.

4. Writing prompt
Today’s writing challenge is to add a detail most people won’t know to a piece of writing. If you don’t have a piece on the go, you can use the bit I’m giving you here. You can change this in any way, including scrapping it altogether and starting something brand new. The point is to reach for something others would be surprised to learn and introduce it into a storyline to create a piece of BOGO writing. (I am always happy to see your result, so send me something to read.) Here’s a jumping off place if you need it.

Blair rode to Corey’s place. They hadn’t seen each other since the attack, and Blair was nervous. "How will Corey greet me? How will I respond? How can we get back to where we were?" These thoughts disappeared into the atmosphere as the weather abruptly changed, and immediate survival took precedence.

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