#ROW80 Update

Not a lot to say here. Things have been much better this week in general. I’m getting to spend more time on the writing stuff, with time to actually think. I spent brainstorming time this week with Kait and Andrew, which is always good because I’m the sort of person who thinks better with help. When I have someone else to ask me questions or throw out ideas–even if they’re not ideas I can use, at least it keeps me focused and not thinking about things that have nothing to do with the Talents.

So anyway, Kait helped me think through a new story that I’ll write at some point. I know what basically happens in the story, I just haven’t got the why of it–why I should write it/why you should care.

I always get stuck right before an action scene. They don’t come naturally to me, I’m not practiced at how to think through them yet, and I always balk at writing them. Fortunately Andrew got me a lot closer to figuring this next one out than I was earlier this week.

Some recommended reading…

On writing something good, then trying to do it again…
Well the title of JM Tohline’s blog post really says it, doesn’t it? The Trials Of Writing A Work…After Writing A Work Of Art. (Link given me by Andrew Mocete during a discussion of the pressures of expectation in trying to write a sequel.)

On Blogging
Yes, of course it’s a Kristen Lamb post, and of course it’s amusing. But Blogging Part 7- Fashion Faux Pas also contains helpful advice I wish everyone would follow. (Found because I subscribe.)

Oh Snap, we been told!
Laura Kinsale, author of the wonderful Flowers from the Storm and other works, tells it like it is and kicks some serious ass in Writing Is Not a Service Industry. She does this with such lovely, lyrical language that it’s kind of like eating elegant tea cakes iced with spite. (Link sent to me by Zoe Winters.)

Speaking of Zoe…
Zoe Winters is planning to release her new novel, Save My Soul this week. Naturally, I recommend picking that out when it becomes available. But for now you can check out her awesomely spiffy book trailer. (Found because Zoe’s been telling me about this a lot.)

Oh Snap, we been told!
Laura Kinsale, author of the wonderful Flowers from the Storm and other works, tells it like it is and kicks some serious ass in Writing Is Not a Service Industry. She does this with such lovely, lyrical language that it’s kind of like eating elegant tea cakes iced with spite. (Link sent to me by Zoe Winters.)
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  1. Here’s what works for me with action scenes- I describe the inciting steps, and make sure all the steps are interconnected. For example, in my story I just wrote a murder scene. The discovery of a theft led to a chase, which led to a confrontation, which led to a startled slip, fall, and a shotgun blast killing an innocent bystander. I start with slow action and build to fast action, usually. It builds excitement. Hope that helps. 🙂

    Good luck with ROW80!

    • It does! I’m reading a novel right now with a lot of action scenes, and I’m paying attention. I’ve been noticing that each battle is more like a sequence than one big scene. But I hadn’t gotten as far as figuring out anything about the sequences, so thanks!

  2. I’m really glad the brainstorming helped. It was fun to do.

  3. Action scenes are tough. Except maybe for Kait. LOL. I had a hard time with them in Guardian Vampire because I had never done them before. Kait told me how she did hers.

    It sounds like you’re making progress. I’m glad you were able to get some brainstorming done. Kait and Andrew are just awesome, aren’t they? 🙂

    I just know you’re going to put out a great book! I can’t wait to read it.

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