Saturday, April 27, 2013

Best Writing Advice #6--Our of Order, Perfect Order

This is one of those pieces of advice that I preach but have to remind myself to follow. Right now, I'm working on Book 2 in my J.J. McCall Series. No kidding, every single day a new idea for a scene pops into my head, but they are scenes for the end of the book. I'm roughly in the middle. So, what happens is my ideas fill up my head while I hurry to catch up the story so I can write these GREAT scenes.

And then it inevitably occurs to me...why are you waiting? Why are you so focused on writing this book in order?

There is no rule that says you have to write a novel in any kind of order. You should write each scene as it comes to you. Keep in mind that scenes can be shifted around. If you're like me and use Scrivener, your novel is built in scenes and shifting a scene from one place to another requires little more than two mouse clicks.

So, go ahead and write OUT OF ORDER keeping in mind, that you can write nothing that can't be fixed later...and it all adds to the ultimate page/word count. Moreover, getting those great scenes out of your head will make more room for ideas in the scenes you've yet to write.

I started writing the book out of order and quickly got 5,000 words out of my head. I see smooth sailing from here!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Kindle Fire Giveaway Winner In the...Pic!

Check out Carrie from Canada! She's this year's Kindle Fire Giveaway Winner! 
Stay Tuned for the Next Contest. 
And that's a mighty fine book there! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cover Reveal - Son of A Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel~Book 2)

Coming Summer 2013

On the lam from the FBI, the ICE PHANTOM continues with plans to defect to Moscow but not before seeking revenge on J.J. McCall. Mean-while the FBI commences Task Force PHANTOM HUNTER, a team ordered by Director Russell Freeman to flush out suspected illegals within the U.S. Intelligence Community—and not a moment too soon. A listening device found embedded in the White House Situation Room walls, implanted by an agent of the Russian Intelligence Services, takes lie-detecting FBI Agent J.J. McCall and her cohorts’ next mole hunt to the highest echelons of the President’s staff. J.J. and her co-case agent lead the motley crew while she struggles to deal with her alcoholism, juggles conflicting feelings Tony and Six, and bumps heads with an egotistical Secret Service agent whose jurisdictional stonewalling compli-cates her every effort to identify the culprit before they get away.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Best Writing Advice #5: Excite Your...Self?

Yes, that's right. Excite yourself.

Okay, let me explain. After writing the first book in my J.J. McCall Series, some of the scenes left me a little flat. I mean, they were okay and certainly fit the story but I found myself wanting to put down my own story. And I figured if I wanted to put it down and stop reading, so would the reader. What do you do when you're less than thrilled about your own writing?

About this time, a video of an Ann Rice interview was circulating on the web (it's on YouTube) and she offered one of the best pieces of advice I've ever read from another author. Or maybe it was just timely. Anyway, she essentially suggested that we should read the scene and ask ourselves "What can I write to keep myself interested? What could I write to excite myself?" It sounds simple, but it's not when you're in the midst of your muck. Writers are not so different from readers, right? As a matter of fact, we ARE readers (or better be). If you write a twist or hook or make your character do something that keeps YOU from putting your book down, 9 times out of 10, it will do the same for the reader.

So when you get stuck on a lackluster or seemingly boring scene, think about what would make it more interesting for you...and then EXCITE YOURSELF!!

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