I’m going to use a southern expression to describe how I’ve been feeling over the past couple of weeks. I have been busier than a cat trying to cover crap on a tile floor. AIDAN’S MATE is finally beginning to wrap up. I
should be will be finished by Friday. I’ve been editing as a go along, so the book should be in pretty good shape before I send it off to have others look through it. I have also been working on the edits for my YA. That’s taking a little longer because I’m going slowly through the manuscript. I thought I was anal before, but I’ve reached a whole new level with this book.
Had a weird thing happen the other day when I was reading THE WOLF WITHIN by Cynthia Eden. I was reading along, enjoying the story immensely, when I had a writing epiphany strike. I’m not even sure how to describe it. I’ve been working on a lot of craft issues (show/tell, description, characterization, etc.), so there’s been a lot of things I’ve been trying to keep aware of while I write. As I was reading Cynthia’s story, I realized that her stories are all in motion. The scenes are constantly moving. Again, it’s very hard for me to describe what I mean by ‘in motion’. I’m not talking about scene and sequence, though that definitely happens. It’s like her characters are constantly moving forward in some way or another. I realized that all the authors I admire write this way. The reason it struck me as an epiphany is because I realized at that very same moment that I have a lot of ‘static’ scenes in my books (ie characters in rooms talking). They are discussing important things, but they are not ‘moving’. Seems like a small thing in the scheme of an entire novel, but that one thing actually impacts all the other craft issues I’ve been working on. Dh said it was a ‘bigger picture’ epiphany, which is wonderful. Now I just have to figure out how my favorite authors do it. Laughs maniacally!
It looks like I’ll be re-releasing RED (Dead World series Bk. 1) toward the end of May.