Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DONE!

Lucid is finished. Just running through final edits, picking up some inconsistencies, and it'll be ready for a good beta read.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

WIP Progress

The last two weeks have been a blur, writing wise. I've whipped out nearly 25,000 words and am sitting at the brink of 73,000 right now and still writing feverishly. I'm in one of those zones all writers dream about. Waking and sleeping, my mind is so caught up in this story, working out the next scene in my head, that I'm walking into walls and doing stupid stuff like brushing my teeth before I eat, which while an effective dieting technique lord knows I could use, it doesn't do much for the taste of cereal.
Go Team Laec!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Epiphanies

As a writer, there is nothing better than that "aha!" moment when everything falls into place. You can plug away at a book, hitting all the plot points, having a vague idea of where you're going, and then one day--BAM!--the light bulb turns on and the road ahead is suddenly clear.

I had one of those moments yesterday with my current WIP, Lucid. I had reached the climatic confrontation section, the final 1/3 of the book, got my hero up to his ass in alligators, and while I had an idea of what needed to happen to get him out, I hadn't really come up with that one, final twist of the blade that would make the reader go, "Wow, I didn't see that one coming."


My college mentor once told me never put anything in a story you didn't intend to use, regardless of how insignificant or random it might be. If you're going to bother writing it, it must have a purpose. It's good advice, but rarely do writers follow it. We throw in red herrings, false leads, and random fluff all the time, either to spice up the back story, fill pages, or just to throw off readers who have gotten so sophisticated, they figure out where we're going before we do. So isn't it fun, as a writer, when you suddenly realize that one of those random bits of fluff you threw in there to fill out the back story actually turns out to be the key to pulling your entire plot together?

For me, the piece I needed was the name of the betrayer. I had been wracking my brain to come up with some elaborate scheme or conspiracy, when the answer was actually right in front of me all along. It was so simple, and yet I never even saw it coming.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Release Day, Tornadoes, and Hellhounds

I've been plugging along on Lucid, hitting 65,000 words this morning with my hero trapped in an endless corridor with two slathering hellhounds on his heels and his demonic power neutralized. Oh my!

I've been ticking off the days the past month for the March 6 release date of the next Cal Leandros novel (pre-ordered for Kindle like a good fan on Amazon), and then I learn this morning that Cal's creator, Rob Thurman, nearly lost her house in last week's tornadoes. Her entire town in Indiana was wiped out. Doubletake, the seventh book in the series, comes out tomorrow. If any of you read the Cal Leandros series (and if you don't, why not?), make this a spectacular release date for her and go buy or download the book. You know how important that first week is for writers. Rob's not only a phenomenal writer, she's a hell of a human being.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Progress on Lucid

Hit 61,000 words today and am in the stretch run. Just moved my main characters into place for the final ass-kicking showdown. Let's hope I can get at least 20,000 words out of it.