Thursday Link Round-Up

Some cool writing stuff from around the web…starting off small but I’d love to make it a regular thing! 🙂 Top Ten Pacing Tips @ Romance University – great advice on controlling the pace of your story. One of the best notes: The end of the scene is crucial for pacing. Don’t end a scene on a resolution (except maybe the last two scenes in the book), but on some question or issue that won’t resolve until at least the next scene. If the scene ending is too “complete,” add some tiny question or doubt at the end. Lead your readers’ imagination @ Carolyn Arnold. Mixed writing tips – some great reminders about engaging the other sentences. Roni Loren on not writing to trends. “The ones that get to ride that wave of a trend are usually people who were already writing that kind of book before the trend became a trend. Their books were already lying in wait, complete and ready to go once a publisher took interest.”  Natalie Whipple and the 10 Things she wishes she had done differently on her way to being published. Learning about major deals and tours and cover reveals and all that only made me antsy and frustrated. I could have used my time obsessing over those things to write a stellar book. Or five. And I would have had more confidence to do it, too. (Oh this this this. I’m so stoked for the Hunger Games to come out but the writer side of me is going “I WILL NEVER CREATE ANYTHING LIKE THIS SO I GUESS I WILL JUST GO EAT ALL THE CHOCOLATE.”)...

Building Castles in the Clouds

So I know I must be all cool and collected and Zen right now. I must not get my hopes up before it is time. I must not build a castle in my head before it is time. I must not cast the blockbuster movie of my novel before it is time. I must not… Oh, screw it. I got a partial request yesterday and I’m freaking STOKED. After getting a rejection in the morning, I was bummed out, only to check my email right before bed and find the request. Just reaffirms that this business/hobby/life/sickness (I kid)  is such a thrill ride. I’d say a roller coaster, but roller coasters are predictable. You can see the track ahead, and you know when the bottom is going to drop out. No, I’d say this is more like the Tower of Terror. The first part of the journey is predictable, but a while back, they started randomizing the end of the ride, when the elevator just freefalls over and over. Sometimes it drops once, sometimes it drops three or four times. You don’t know when it’s coming, so all you can do is hold on and enjoy the ride. Or scream like a little girl and refuse to get on it ever again. But where’s the fun in...

New Book! (Not mine…)

Today I am not in Writer Mode. I am in Squealing Fan Mode, because Rob Thurman released a new book in the Cal Leandros series today! SWEET! I had great intentions of doing Day Job-related things tonight but I’m pretty sure I’ll be curling up with my Kindle and devouring half the book tonight. If you haven’t checked the series out, you really should. If you like Supernatural, then you’ll freakin’ LOVE Cal and Niko. In other news, I finally got my Twitter up and rolling. I’ve been using it to follow folks for a few months but haven’t done any Tweeting thus far. (Is Tweeting capitalized, or was that a fantasy author moment of Capitalizing Things Makes Them Seem Awesomer?) Now I’m up and Tweeting, so if you have a Twitter, feel free to follow me for great gems of wisdom @jjhawke. Or pictures of my cat. Because what the Internet needs is more cat...

New Project Time

Well, with both books revised and ready to query, I’m at a bit of a standstill. As of last night around 9:00, I have submitted my first small round of query letters for The Open Door…..now what? I previously wrote a sequel to The Immortal Codex, but considering the massive rewrite I did to the first book, the second will now need to be entirely rewritten most likely. And I think I’m going to put that on hold in favor of writing something new! New project time is exciting! I have idea files full of random concepts and story threads, although there’s a few where I obviously knew exactly what I meant…eight months ago. “Escaping the camp!” Um, what, In-A-Hurry-Self? In any case, I’ve got some ideas to work with. Even though I know agents don’t want to see vampire books, I have wanted to write a vampire book for as long as I’ve been writing. Because I. Friggin. Love. Vampires. And I’m not sorry! So it might finally be time to write it, if for no other reason than to get it out of my system! 🙂 That said, I’m also going to take a week or two to regroup and refresh. Last night, I laid on the couch and watched movies with my laptop turned off. This is A Big Deal, because in the last few months, I have spent virtually every spare minute working on revisions or my website or the promo videos or something concerning writing. (And don’t get me wrong, I love it!) But I also share the belief that writers need time to...