Monday, September 21, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blogathon Day 100 -- Best of S.D. Skye -- Excite Your...Self?

Due to my hectic schedule this week, I'm re-running some of the most popular blogs on the site which may be old to some and new to others. 

Don't forget the GREAT JJ BOOK GIVEAWAY!! Full details here. 

Just leave a comment on days 100-107 to enter (up to one comment per day). Win ALL 5 BOOKS OF THE JJ MCCALL SPY CATCHER SERIES. This includes the current 3 books AND Advanced Reader Copies at the last two books. You'll know how the series ends before EVERYBODY! Junior will draw the name and I will announce the winner on the site on Day 108. 

Now, here's the most popular I read the title, it's probably due to "mistaken identity." :)

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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1 comment:

  1. Love the blog and the JJ series with Six and Tony. Can't wait to find out what happens next. Jim Wyatt. JDW8017 (at) gmail


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