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Best of the Best Countdown #9

Today please enjoy the first in our series Best of the Best. We’re counting down our most popular blog posts of all time. Last November, Patrick Hester provided some great advice on crafting a page turner.  Take a look and see  howPatrick keeps his readers engaged.


Gabrielle Brown,  Managing Editor

How to Craft the Ultimate Page Turner

By: Patrick Hester

Hi there! My name is Patrick Hester. I’m a PPW member, have taught at Write Brains and PPWC, and volunteer as a board member for Pikes Peak Writers. I’m also an author, leaning toward science fiction and fantasy, though I have dabbled in all sorts of fiction. I have a critique partner named JT Evans. You might know him as both a contributor to this blog, and as President of Pikes Peak Writers. One of the kind things he and others have said to me numerous times is how well I do scene and chapter breaks. That means a lot to me, because I work hard on them. I want my readers to turn the page and keep reading, not take a break.

The secret to doing that well? The answer might surprise you.

Two of my favorite things: comic books and Classic Doctor Who.


Board Elections

If you would like to be more involved in the direction and stewardship of Pikes Peak Writers, please consider running for a position on the board. In September, the board will vote on President (incumbent running), Vice President, Treasurer (incumbent running) and Member at Large positions. To be considered, please submit a 1-2 page letter of interest, including why you want the job, what you bring to the table, and a little about your volunteer experience, PPW or otherwise. Letters should be submitted to president@pikespeakwriters.com no later than Sept. 12.

The time requirement for the board varies. The board meets quarterly, usually on a weeknight, for approximately two hours. The board reviews operational budgets annually, and different members work on different projects. Members at Large represent our PPW members to the board. If you have any questions, please contact Bowen Gillings, president@pikespeakwriters.com.

Zebuloning Into 2018

Readers, we have a guest post from SM, this year’s Zebulon Contest Coordinator.  The Zebulon could not be in better hands.  Take a look.  -Gabrielle Brown, editor.

Hello, my name is SM, and I’m your new Zebulon Contest Coordinator. Living in the Great White North, I may at times add a touch of the Canadian spirit to the contest, but fear not, the Rocky Mountains are close to my heart.

First off, I’d like to thank our outgoing coordinator, Dawn Smit Miller. She’s done an extraordinary job at organizing past Zebulons, PPW’s premier fiction writing contest. I feel I have mighty big shoes to fill, so bear with me as I find my own voice.


Letter from the Editor

picture of September 2017 calendarWell, it is now September. It is with a bit of trepidation I take over the reigns here as Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog. Donnell Bell has been outstanding at ensuring you see timely posts regarding the craft and business of writing and sharing the successes of you, our members. Donnell also, I think, knew everyone.

But my worry is fleeting. This blog features the input and submissions of more than a few talented individuals. And I expect to get to know everyone, too. I stand in good company.

I look forward to working with this capable group of PPW members. Here you will continue to meet members and celebrate in their successes. You’ll see announcements, craft and business advice, relevant pieces, and updates from our President, Bowen Gillings. And of course, you will also have the opportunity to be a part of our blog.

Pikes Peak Writers is here to serve our members. If you’ve got ideas for our blog, or a subject you’d like to write about, please share your thoughts with me. We’re currently accepting individual submissions as well as series ideas. I can be reached at editor@pikespeakwriters.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

And remember, becoming a member is easy.  Just head over to https://pikespeakwriters.com/about/join-pikes-peak-writers/ and follow the instructions.

A little bit about me – My published works are almost entirely nonfiction – textbook credits, studies for the federal government, research papers, technical writing, and a few random poems. I’ve been compelled to write stories, poems, and song lyrics since I could hold a crayon, and I’ve recently made the leap from leisurely to serious fiction writing. I’ve blogged, designed websites, done a bit of development work, and edited for many years, primarily as a volunteer for non-profit groups. Since I’ve benefited from reading the PPW Blog for timely relevant posts, I’m thrilled to be at the helm.

PPW Blog and website will be undergoing some changes in the next few weeks.  We are working to complete the process as seamlessly as possible.Still, you may see differences in appearance and format, some of which may be temporary. Ultimately, the changes we’re making will improve functionality and virtual visibility of Pikes Peak Writers.


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers BlogGabrielle V. Brown, Managing Editor of Pikes Peak Writers Blog, is an engineer by trade and a writer by passion. Her published works included government studies, textbook credits, research abstracts, training manuals and poetry. She has extensive experience in website design and maintenance, blog content and management, and SEO. Gabrielle has put words to paper since she could hold a crayon and currently writes speculative fiction, humorous short stories, poetry, and literary fiction.