Busy Life 8-25-14

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Oh, the joys of a blog, a book, and another full time job. First day of school for the kiddos and I spent the day in a kindergarten class. Enjoyable, but exhausting for the kids and the teachers. LOL!!! But we have all been there each of us in our own various spots and times.

As for the book, it is continuing to come along. My heroine is reluctant (and thoroughly ill-equipped) but sets out anyway to fulfill her destiny. Unfortunately, as soon as she gets to the plains, with no trees for protection and no place to hide, she and her brother are attacked by marauders, who survive and live in these plains by stealing from others. This is their source of life, which Terah and her brother stumble into. She and her brother are back to back with small knives in their hands, surrounded by these creatures, huge hulking things, when one reaches and grabs for her. She lets out a scream, which is heard by my hero. He has been avoiding all populations as he has just escaped from years of internment as a slave to a ruthless race of people. He really has no desire to get involved. But his mother’s teachings live inside him from his time as a boy of ten, before he was taken as a slave. He cannot ignore another in need, and so he races in to save her.   Then let the fireworks begin as he gives her an earful for traveling without an appropriate escort and she gives him grief as well.  We shall see in the coming days just how it gets resolved and what other challenges they may face.

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Beginnings 8-5-14

 

Tera's Kingdom

Tera’s Kingdom

Today, I am going to give my fellow writers a tip that I thought was truly brilliant, even though I had to hear it about 7 times in a three day writer’s conference period before it finally sank into this noggin’.

When beginning a novel, throw away your first chapter and start with the second chapter. Later, you can add the missing bits of the first chapter, errr… backstory in your dialogue or scene set-ups. For me, that was good advice. Rather than starting with my heroine in her home being pushed out to go on her quest, I was able to start with an action scene and introduce the hero at the same time as he does what heroes do, saves her from some marauders and then proceeds to chew her out for being so dense to travel without escort. Will she wimp out and agree with him or will she growl right back at him?