You can't escape it....we are on the brink of a new year. Looking over the past year are there any particular writing accomplishments you are proud of? Any new goals you would like to set?
Here at FictionFlurry we have started a encouraging one another by emailing our daily word count and posting it on our Facebook page.
If your not a friend of ours stop by and check out our progress. My personal writing goals are as follows: Write every day...even if it's just a paragraph. Finish my third novel entitled The Generation, attend one writer's conference, read more...both fiction and writing craft books.
Some dream goals: Nab that publishing contract, obtain literary representation.
How about you? What are your writing goals?
Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
It's been a while since Fiction Flurry has done a contest or giveaway, hasn't it? How about this...between Sunday, December 26 and Sunday, January 2, 2011, leave a comment with your New Year's resolution, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a hard copy of H. Terrell Griffin's Bitter Legacy.
We'd love to see some resolutions about your writing goals for 2011, if you're are the writerly type. If you're not a writer, let us know what you're focusing on for the coming year. And if you leave a comment, please check back with Fiction Flurry to see if you've won. Heck, even if you don't leave a comment, come back to Fiction Flurry any old time you like.
What's your resolution for 2011?
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Okay all you last minute Christmas shoppers, I have a list here that will help you buy novels for the teen reader in your life. Here are my recommendations (in no particular order) for hot Young Adult books that are currently on the shelves.
THE BODY FINDER by KIMBERLY DERTING
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
CRESCENDO by BECCA FITZPATRICK
(Book Two in the Series. Book One: HUSH HUSH)
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Full disclosure, here, folks. Oceanview Publishing sent me an advance review copy of H. Terrell Griffin's Bitter Legacy, a December 20, 2010 release. The 360 page novel is the fifth "Matt Royal Mystery" for the author. Though I had not read any of the previous books in the series, I did not feel lost or left behind.
Florida's Gulf Coast is as much a character in this book as Matt Royal, so if you've spent time there, you'll appreciate the vivid descriptions of place in this book. The main character, Matt Royal, is a now retired special ops military dude who later dabbled as a trial lawyer. Now he drinks beer and goes fishing with his buds, except for when he's trying to avoid getting killed. Someone is trying to eliminate Matt and his friend Logan, but they have no idea why. Matt puts his military experience to good use by picking off bad guys who are trying to off him.
From the beginning, the pacing is very quick and the action is intense. Matt is a man's man, to be sure. He seems to be the type to sample the chick du jour, and in this book, Matt takes an interest in a new detective to the island, J.D. Duncan. Matt's time is consumed, however, with trying to figure out why he and his friend are targets. He eventually finds a link between the target on his back and Florida's Seminole Indians and their past dealings with the United States government. The reader gets an interesting history lesson in the region's native population and their link to African American slaves.
From a reader's perspective, Bitter Legacy was a fast read filled with action, and would make a nice gift for a manly man. That said, coming from a woman's perspective, the book was certainly not unpalatable for a gal's taste, either. The main character is able to get in touch with his feelings on brief occasions, though there's not much time for emotion when you're trying to avoid being killed.
From a writer's perspective, my eye was a bit more critical, though it did not ruin the experience. The book was written in both first and third person, which was a little discombobulating for me. Some chapters were written from the main character's perspective, and all others were written in third person. Additionally, some chapters were very short, only a couple pages. There were a few chapters like this that could have been eliminated because they did not further the plot or reveal the unraveling mystery.
Further, there were some editorial hiccups that made me stop reading from time-to-time so I could figure out if what I was seeing was error or purposeful. For example, the book is organized into events that occur on each day for a week. The book starts on a Saturday, which is made quite clear because an entire page is devoted to just the word "Saturday" before chapter one even begins. However, in the second paragraph of chapter one, the following sentence appears: "It was Friday, and there was a hint of expectancy lingering in the thin spring air, relief that another week was about over, that the weekend beckoned." A nice sentence overall, save for the confusion in time. I also noticed the spelling of a minor character's name spelled two different ways.
There were good things about the writing, too. The author is masterful at painting the scenery, and does a good job with plotting. The main character is someone you grow to care about, which is always a plus in a novel!
Since Fiction Flurry is mainly a writing blog, I felt the duty to offer a review of the writing as well as of the reading. Regardless, for a quick read over this holiday break, it would make a good gift for an action-loving guy in your life.
Come back next week for a chance to win a copy of Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
There are many fabulous choices out there. Here are but a few:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I love reading and writing suspense novels. There's nothing more satisfying to an author than to hear those magic words, "I couldn't put your book down, I just had to finish it!"
Even if you don't write in the suspense genre, you can benefit from these tips from James Scott Bell to take your fiction to the next level.
1. Create a character your readers will care about. Then...put them up a tree, throw rocks at them, and get them back down.
2. What is your main character's biggest fear? Make them face it.
3. When you find that a scene is moving slow...bring in a man (or woman) with a gun. When a character shows up with a gun, action always follows.
What are some of your favorite writing tips?
Thursday, December 2, 2010
On Writing Without Eyeglasses…
I graduated with my master’s degree in the spring of 2001, and decided to nix the idea of a full-time job in order to pursue a writing career—my lifelong dream. This was possible, of course, only because of the incredible—INCREDIBLE—financial support I received from my family. I know—very ROOM OF ONE’S OWN. That support allowed me the freedom to spend my time drafting enough manuscripts to form a pile that stretches from the floor to the ceiling in my office! A mere (ahem) seven and a half years after grad school, I snagged my first publishing deal…A BLUE SO DARK, my debut novel, was released in May 2010.
…After all that time spent writing project after project, if I could give writers just one piece of drafting advice? Take off your glasses.
Yup, take ‘em off completely…
I drafted the entirety of A BLUE SO DARK in late 2006…only took about two months. The reason I was able to write at such an incredible pace was because I took my glasses off as I wrote—I’m so nearsighted, the print COMPLETELY disappeared from my screen. The beautiful part was, if I couldn’t SEE what I’d just written, I couldn’t second-guess it. So my internal editor was silenced. Completely. And it really didn’t take any effort to silence her. She was just…gone.
Sure, the book was revised globally about four different times in the next two years. But revising for me is always far easier than drafting. I’d much prefer to be reworking something that’s already down in draft form than trying to come up with something from scratch.
…And one thing I’ve heard repeatedly from bloggers about BLUE is that it’s honest… But I think the reason I GOT that honesty is because of the blind first draft. That stark truthfulness was there from the get-go.
So, all you drafters out there (even those of you currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo), put those glasses down—or turn off or cover your screen…Remove the temptation to read that last sentence. Not only will your internal editor fade away, but you’ll actually forget about the potential audience, too…It’ll just be you and your words flowing as naturally as the thoughts in your own head…Which will make YOUR book brutally honest, and your main character seem flesh-and-blood real!