Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Living in a new world ...and a free book drawing
Wrapping up a contract is very much a "grass is always greener" situation for me--I keep thinking that I can't wait to finish the current book, as it will be such a joy to move on to something new!
And yes, it is fun to leave the past behind and start something fresh. But it's also a challenge.
It isn't just about coming up with some people to populate a book. They need strengths and flaws and old wounds that can affect them during their story. They need goals, strong motivation, and conflicts, to build that story. They need a rich and believable past (backstory) to show why they act and think the way they do...and they need supporting characters, like family, friends, neighbors, and maybe coworkers. And of course, they need a strong and worthy antagonist. Whew! Oh--and can't forget the setting! Those characters need the right setting--one that will work well with their particular story. Figuring all of this out is like moving into a whole new world, where I will get to live during the months of writing that are ahead.
The usual excitement (and challenge) of doing this planning was recently interrupted for me, though. Do you see anything missing in my office? Yep--the computer, which spent most of January in a repair shop, awaiting its turn to be fixed--and then that process ended up being lengthy as well.
This past week I finished up a new three-book proposal, and sent it off to my agent. I'm always so happy to receive feedback from her, in case I've somehow faltered on one (or more) of those components. A "fresh reader" is a wonderful help for seeing the aspects I might miss!
When you think about your favorite authors' books, what elements draw you to that writer the most? Exciting plots? Heart-stopping action? Unforgettable characters? Beautiful prose? The skillful weaving of the inspirational elements, that speak to your heart?
If you happen to leave a comment here, you will be entered in a drawing for a free e-book, that the winner can choose from my backlist on Amazon. Good luck!