Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Back Cover Blurbs

        When I am looking through the bookstore with some $$ burning a hole in my pocket, I look at covers that catch my eye then the very next thing I do is to read the back cover blurb and go from there. So what does that have to do with your writing?
       I went to a conference at Utah Valley University recently called Book Academy and in a class taught by Lisa Mangum and Kirk Shaw. Kirk said that you could write the back cover blurb before you begin the actual book. You have the Who, Goal, Obstacle, Consequence of Failure right? Then write your book. Go back and read the blurb you wrote and check to see if it still applies.
       Are all the key elements in the book? Would a reader fill like you kept your word and delivered on the story you promised? If yes, Great! If not, go back and revise. Flesh out your weak points and sharpen that climax.

I'm going to try this for my NaNoWriMo book. Have you done it before?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Birthday Giveaway Winners

The winners for our birthday giveaway are...

Inspired Kathy---The Art of Racing in the Rain

Burgandy Ice---Outliers

Maria Hoagland----Infinity

Congrats to the Winners! Look in the NING to see who won a 30 page critique by Tristi Pinkston.

Creating Scenes

Sometimes I feel like this at conferences--

Last week, Jenny Hansen shared these ideas about scenes at UVU Book Academy:

•She begins a scene with revealing the goal the POV character has.
•That's followed by a dilemma to achieving that goal.
•Then there is a disaster to achieving that goal making it doubtful that it will happen.
•Next, the POV character has to reconsider the options available to achieving the original goal.
•Finally, the POV character makes up their mind how to move forward to the resolution of the dilemma. (This becomes the initiating goal for the next scene.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blog Hop

Welcome to all you blog hop followers. We are a  blog dedicated to the nuts and bolts of writing, as well as connecting to other writers. Come on back to learn more about workshops, BlogTalkRadio interviews, our online group powered by NING, and our conference in July. You can see our website HERE.

We are giving away a signed copy of The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden.
When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken--the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentlemen, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle.

Trapped between an unwanted marriage and a hasty annulment, which would leave his reputation tainted and Catherine's utterly ruined, Crispin begins guiding his wife's transformatoin from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. Their unfolding relationship reveals encouraging surprises for both of them, and privately each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But their hopes are dashed when forces conspire to split asunder what fate has granted. As a battle of wits escalates into a life-threatening confrontation, will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to live happily ever after?

To enter: Follow our blog and leave a comment saying why you would like to win this prize. Then go to the next link in the blog hop train. :)

October Blog Hop Participants
1. Tristi Pinkston
2. I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
3. Bonnie Harris
4. Michael D. Young
5. Misty Moncur
6. Debbie Davis
7. Mandi Tucker Slack
8. Mary Ann Dennis
9. Deanna Henderson
10. Laura Bastian
11. Kristy Tate
12. Kristy Wilson
13. Jennifer Debenham
14. Jenny Moore
15. Elizabeth Hughes
16. J. Lloyd Morgan
17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
18. Billy Boulden
19. Scott Bryan
20. Maria Hoagland
21. Shirley Bahlmann
22. Shelly Brown
23. Marcy Howes
24. Lynnea Mortensen
25. Jaclyn M. Hawkes
26. Diane Stringam Tolley
27. Gail Zuniga
28. Betsy Love
29. iWriteNetwork
30. Canda's InkBlast
31. Stacy Coles

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Are you a Pantser?

If you think there's one right way to write a book, better think again.

Some authors are planners and some, quite frankly, are not. If you were to ask a handful of authors what their writing process was, you better believe you'll get a handful of different answers. I guess the real question is, is one way better than another? An avid outliner might scoff at a pantser's method as too chaotic and relying on chance, where a pantser might protest that an outliner takes all the creative freedom of writing away.

I freely admit that I began as a wild and free pantser. Sure, I knew the beginning and end of my story, but what happened in between presented itself as I wrote. Do I outline now? Not exactly, but I do plan a bit more. I find myself wanting to pick out important benchmarks in my stories before I go hog wild.

Could it be that the answer lies somewhere in the middle? What's your writing process?

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our FIRST Blog Give-Away

It's our BiRthDay and we're giving away the gifts! 

Take your pick. All three are great books.

The Art of Racing in the Rain (yes, it is a dog's life)

Outliers (oddities that twist opportunity and fortune)

Infinity (YA and zombies--I liked this one too)

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We're giving away a 30-page edit by Tristi Pinkston
You know you want this one. Come on over.

MoviesTo Books

When I start writing, I first have little movie trailers running through my thoughts. I see the funny bits or sometimes the moments that are leading up to all hell breaking loose right before the climax. I never know the whole story until I start writing, then as I get closer I figure that part out. I don't have massive outlines. I don't know who all the characters will be or what their personalities are like. And I think I prefer to write this way. I like the story unfolding as I write and not knowing every detail before I start. I find, for me, the lack of knowing all the pieces is more entertaining and holds my attention.

So, how do you write? Do you find it works better to outline everything, chapter by chapter? Do you know anything about the story before you start? Do you plot the tension points? Have you tried another way? How did that work out for you?