To prepare for my time at GRL in Atlanta in October, I am trying to get ahead in my reviews for September and October. And that means reading tons of books and of course writing about them. And books read in volume will highlight the most common flaws I am seeing across the boards from authors seasoned and brand new to publishing. Surprisingly it’s not one sided. Just yesterday I finished a book from a favorite author of mine only to get to the end and find that not only did the story not have an ending, it was missing a hugely anticipated “aha” moment. I was astonished, and quite a bit frustrated to say the least.
I don’t know what is going on but these same issues are everywhere and I am not the only one who has noticed. Currently I am working on my next mini rant “The Case of the Missing Aha Moment”. It will pair up nicely with my mini rant on missing endings. *shakes head* Really there is no excuse. The most immediate remedies to these issues that pop into my brain are 1) get a great editor and 2) super concrit partners or betas. Both could and should point out issues such as these in a person’s writing.
For a humorous look at writing do’s and mostly don’ts visit http://tom.mcallister.ws/?p=868. It’s Tom McAllister’s 107 Ironclad Rules for Writers Who Want to Be Better at Writing. Some I agree with and of course, some I don’t. But they are fun, and thought provoking. Here are the first six to give you a sample:
1. Write every day. Except on days when you don’t feel like writing that much and you don’t have anything interesting to say.
2. Never write when you’re too hot. Beads of sweat are ideas leaking from your brain.
3. Nobody really eats turnips. They are a ridiculous food. Characters cannot eat turnips.
4. Hypnosis is the writer’s greatest tool.
5. Skinny people are often the cause of conflict. Fat people are often the solution. NO MEDIUM SIZED PEOPLE.
6. If you must write about the travails of being a writer, at least give yourself a glass eye or a cyborg hand or something.
If you want to read more, check out the link above. Next week we will talk about the new words added to the dictionary. Srsly?
Now on to the very exciting week ahead. Next week I start on the third series in the offerings from the Pulp Friction authors. This is the Triple Threat series from L.E. Harner. It’s menage, it’s kinky, and its wonderful. And drumroll please…….Kendall McKenna is also releasing her long awaited sequel to Strength of the Pack. It’s titled Strength of the Wolf and it releases Sept. 6th from MLR Press. To celebrate, Scattered Thoughts is hosting a 2 part guest blog with Kendall McKenna and a two book contest for a lucky person who comments during the contest time. Might even be another surprise giveaway too, more about that later. So many great things to look forward to. Mark your calendars, and check them twice. Hope to see you all here all week long.
Monday, Sept. 2: Coliseum Square by Lynn Lorenz
Tuesday, Sept. 3: Triple Threat (Triple Threat #1) by L.E. Harner
Wed., Sept. 4: Contest Announcement and Dates
Thurs., Sept 5: Kendall McKenna’s Guest Blog – Part 1
Friday, Sept. 6: Strength of the Pack by Kendall McKenna – Review (reposted)
Sat., Sept. 7: Kendall McKenna’s Guest Blog – Part 2
Winner of first contest announced
For those of you here in the States, have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.