Monday was Erotica Night Henderson Writers Group. So, feeling red as a radish, I read, an erotic chapter from my upcoming book, The Pack. I thought I would die of embarrassment. So naturally, I went home and rewrote it a full twenty percent hotter.
A problem arouse, the arousal was too much. Prudish modesty didn’t set in. Instead a feeling that Tereza and Ethan’s behavior in the scene was completely out of character did. This is a werewolf novel. In that society a promise cannot be broken. Tereza had promised her stepfather (the Alpha male) she wouldn’t mate with Ethan. So, she decided to orally pleasure him instead. This would have been consistent with her tendency to not exactly lie, but not tell the truth either. Sort of how Bill Clinton didn’t exactly lie when he said “I did not have sex with this woman.” It depends on how one defines sex, I guess. But I started thinking “Would she really do this?” Yes, she is that devious. But it just didn’t feel right. I know this might not sound like sage advice on writing, but since we’re dealing with characters and their emotions/motivations; if something feels wrong it usually is. Would she really risk violating her stepfather’s trusts by redefining “sex.” No. This applies to human character’s as well. The mousey person most likely isn’t a closet dominatrix, unless there’s some other hint of that side of her character before the sex scene. This can be easier said then done, while you’re cranking of the heat.
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There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING. Today we’re going to talk about some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.
When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I couldn’t even GET to the story because I was too distracted by these all too common oopses.
There are many editors who charge by the hour. If they’re spending their time fixing blunders you could’ve easily repaired yourself? You’re burning cash and time. Yet, correct these problems, and editors can more easily get to the MEAT of your novel. This means you will spend less money and get far higher value.
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Fire & Water begins with Keagan, a fire elemental, betrothed to the princess of Fire Nation in unhappy, loveless engagement of convenience. Meanwhile, he’s involved in an illicit affair with Aedre, the beautiful and conning princesses of the Water Kingdom. Both lovers risk the death penalty if their love is discovered.
Court intrigue and espionage ensues as Fire Nation and Water Kingdom rush towards genocidal warfare. It’s up to Keagan and Aedre to bring peace to their people while remaining true to themselves and their love for each other. But is peace between fire and water even possible?
“Fire & Water” is now available on Kindle . Go ahead and click the link, a little steamy romance isn’t dangerous — unless you happen to be Keagan or Aedre.
Well, I just returned from my writer’s group, apparently lucky to be alive. You see, I was ill for last month’s meeting and wasn’t able to attend; but that was an illness that might have saved my life. What’s the stereotypical writer? He or she is bookish and has a fetish for plaid jackets, oh and hangs around the coffee shop with laptop looking like a modern day CS Lewis. In fact, here in Vegas, in the absence of a strong authority figure we can be wild people. As evidence, you can see Lindsay appearnly throwing a chair here. And our literary quiz giver is missing. Perhaps meeting a bar isn’t such a good idea, after all. This is all because our fearless leader was also absent from the meeting, and he is fearless to meet with 78 crazy writers on a monthly basis.
Dear Las Vegas Metro Police, I’m quit positive that there wasn’t attempted murder and we’re certainly not homicidal, so please don’t raid us. That goes for you, too any other law enforcement agencies.
Now on to this month’s fun. Over a glass off rum and coke and a plate of fries, I learned about non-fiction writing from Michael Schrenk. Our speaker, who survived unmolested in any way, made an interesting suggestion. When writing non-fiction, and I suspect this goes for fiction as well, first write down the obvious reason for writing the piece. On a separate sheet write down the less obvious ones, that are sometimes less than noble. Michael brought up an example a less than noble reason for his early writing, which was stoking one’s ego. He pointed out that in non-fiction, at least, editor’s can see right through that and reject the work because it will crap. As an example, he brought up a unpublished magazine article we wrote at oh-so-very experienced age of 21 about how to find the perfect job. Unfortunately, he was full of himself because of his success at finding entry level jobs that require no experience and it showed in the writing. II think this applies to fiction in that if you wrote a story or novel in that same mental state and unwilling to accept criticism, it will also show in the work. It will also lead to the creation of bland “Mary-Sue” characters that service only to fulfill your own fantasies and desires. In what’s clearly not a jab at any paranormal romance books, and example of this would be having a affair with and ultimately marrying a vampire while also being pursued by a ridiculously hot guy.
So the take-away is learning to set one’s ego aside, and if the leader of writer’s group is absent, bolt for the door. Oh, and I have to say this, serious writer’s can set their ego aside long enough to not sit in the coffee shop looking like a writer and announcing it everyone…
After finally figuring out how to actually do it, I made Facebook page for Fire and Water. Filled with facts and trivia about the origins of the elementals, it should be entertaining. So take a look, and if your finger slips and clicks the like button, I don’t mind…
That name page will also allow me to keep this blog more focused on personal stuff, interesting events that happen to me, my strange and funny ideas, etc.
My new short book Fire and Water is now officially available Smashwords in all formats.
In this tale of forbidden love and desire between Keagan, a fire elemental and Aedre, a water elemental; can they lovers remain true to each other and themselves and prevent mutual genocide of their races?