It's been quite a few months since I finished the first draft of Keeper's Conundrum and after all this time I have begun the second draft editing process. I've learned a few things since then and I wanted to share a few different snippets of articles that I've been hoarding (picture the crazy cat lady here with her three dozen cats) for the past few weeks.
Linked below is one of the articles, this one comes from the NaNoWriMo blog.
What's the underlying theme of this article?
Never stop writing.
Sure, you've managed to write ‘The End’, but the manuscript is far from being officially done. This is the first draft. And you’ll need to be prepared to spend a lot of time with that first draft. But before you do anything, put that first draft away. Seriously. The longer the better. While you’re letting that manuscript simmer, start on your next book.
"A new story awaits to be told. Remember, a great writer never stops writing."
A good piece of literature should be revised at least a few times. You shouldn't rush perfection. Sometimes revision requires entire scenes and chapters to be rewritten. The more fresh eyes on your work, the greater the chance someone will find something wrong with it. And I always say, “Better my editor and critique partners find the flaws in my story than a reader’. Editors are invaluable. Find the right one for you.
"Readers will know when a book hasn't been properly edited, and that can haunt you as an author for a very long time."
Taking your time is always good, because it means you’re paying attention to the fine details. But trust me, patience pays off in this game. Your new readers will thank you for it. And by the time you have your fully-polished manuscript, it’s time to publish! And then guess what? The cycle begins again.
Last night I read Untimely by J&L Wells (a mother daughter duo, cool!). This was another book I was given through one of my book clubs, for an honesty review to the authors.
My original review is posted on goodreads and I can't wait to read the second book.
The beginning of the book was hard to get through and I found myself angry at Heather and her childish antics quite a few times. She is highly immature, has the sex drive of a teenager... and well...I guess she is one. Hmm... So really, I was annoyed that the authors pegged a true characterization of a young adult who has grown up sheltered. When I think of it that way I guess they did a fantastic job.
The modern day romance was far too quick for me and it portrayed Heather as a needy floozy, her past romance interest she felt more like a heroine that I'd want to read more about and with that being said I would love to read a historical romance from these authors, but ditch the abusive boyfriend and blind neglectful parents. They detracted from the strong heroine created when she was in the past.
The writing felt more like a beefed up outline in some places rather than a fully developed novel. And often the character's mannerisms and accents would roll on and off.
Overall, the visions, trips to the past, and Heather's (past) love connection is what kept me reading. I was kindly given the second book in this series to read as well and I look forward to read and reviewing that one too.
Not as often as I'd like, do I find articles that blend two of my life passions; books and video games. (For those of you who don't know, I work in the games industry and will graduate in the fall with a Production Art degree.)
This morning (thanks Huffington Post twitter), I found a great article that talks about one writer's journey through table top games and how they have in turn influenced his writing. I've clipped a few of my favorite sections out below, but I recommend reading the full article.
Tabletop games, like Dungeons and Dragons, which is only one of many game settings and styles that range from gritty war to gossamer myth. Such games are shared stories, with one person acting as writer and director--the storyteller, as it is often called. This storyteller takes on the role of monsters, sidekicks and bystanders, and even the silent influence of the natural world. The other people gathered at the table become the heroes, protagonists of a story made only for them.
There is a look that lights up the eyes of my players when the created world of the game becomes real in their minds. It is the same look that comes over someone listening to a good story. I know that look, and have worked for years to find ways to evoke it within the shared, immediate experience of gaming. This has nourished my writing, teaching me how to imitate the workings of the Fates.
As I begin to fall from the writers high that followed Camp NaNoWriMo I have realized how neglected some of my life's loves have been.
Let's talk about you.
Over the past month I have been promising character bios for Annabelle and Lucian from 'Stealth' and I have continuously forgotten them. Well not any more. The bios are up! Check out the spiffy new 'Stealth' page dedicated to everything A&L.
Finally, lets talk about me.
If you had asked me last May if I thought I would be writing two novels in the next year I would have laughed in your face and went back to reading my book. Here's a little secret, I couldn't have done it without you (this section is really about you too). Your constant support via twitter, facebook, or even checking this blog every so often. So thank you for all you do and know that you make a different in this dreamer's life.
I LOVED A Lush Betrayal! This is the first book I've read from Selena Laurence and I will now be acquiring the rest for further devouring. You can check out mine and other reviews via goodreads.
Often with a story spanning so many different locations I find that they feel disjointed and hard to follow, that was not the case with A Lush Betrayal. As Mel and Joss bounced around the country there were quick snippets of their location, often just enough to indicate that they had moved and nothing to further distract you for the story.
The final conflict was realistic in nature and Selena Laurence truly represented the depth and anguish of the human soul when confronted with the pain that is betrayal and unlike authors who reconcile their character after a few pages, the characters spend months apart reforming their bonds.
Review of the physical book were very high quality with bright white, thick paper and a crisp font and sizing. The cover is soft and well design and if I had to find a flaw I would say the page numbers are in a difficult font to read.
No rest for the passionate! With Camp NaNoWriMo completed here's the newest book review I've been working on. Collide by Forever was given to me in exchange for an honest review and I have posted the original on goodreads.
way and other times there were detail glossed over I wanted more from and details that were far too detailed that I needed less of. Esthetically the ebook was clean and easy to read, with the one exception of when the author used a handwriting font for letters from the character, this could get tricky to read on a smaller e-reader and if you were tired and use glasses I opted to put the book down and come back later.
All of the characters felt real and alive and most of the secondary characters had the necessary amount of depth to also be placed in that category. Avalon was whitty, strong and determined and her chemistry with Shay boiled off the pages at certain points. Shay is a strong abused kid who manages to learn despite it all how special he is through the course of the book. The theme of desperation, suicide and depression are the lifeblood of this book and all of them manage to end on a positive note as the story wraps up. Suicide is thwarted through love and unbreakable companionship and sends a positive message to the reader on how love can conquer all.
Welcome to my second issue of the news! This month I'll go into a few new releases and a few industry articles I've been gathering over the past few weeks (and too busy to post due to Camp NaNo).
Industry News / Related Articles