April 13th, 2010

Stretch in uncomfortable directions

In The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises, author James Bell says you should stretch outside your comfort zones.

He says authors who write for character should spend five minutes writing without stopping about what could make what’s happening to the character worse. And then go back and incorporate some of it in the scene.

Authors who write for plot should find a place in the manuscript where something bad had happened to the character, and spend five minutes writing the character’s thoughts, as passionately as you can. And then go back and incorporate some of them in the scene.

I’m going to give it a try.

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The very, very, very, very first review of Girl, Stolen

From a book blogger and librarian, for Girl, Stolen.

“It was suspenseful and really interesting. A lot of the things that Cheyenne dealt with in being blind were really surprising. I never knew or even thought about how those who are blind might be treated or how they navigated in a world where most everyone else sees. And though Griffin's the kidnapper, he's not just the bad guy. He has depth and character.”

You can read the whole review here. I commented twice - which is probably a no-no. I mean, professional authors are probably not supposed to have Google alerts and not supposed to obsess over them. Right?

Ooh - shiny

In other news, Henry Holt gave Girl, Stolen a two-page spread in their September through March catalog. I've never had a two-page spread before!

And they even ran an ad for Girl, Stolen on the inside back cover.

I like this book so much. It was a book that almost didn't see the light of day - but then it found the perfect home at Holt.

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