Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Brava Novella Finalist
Hello all. I have great news! My entry in the 2007 BRAVA Novella Contest was selected as a Reader's Choice finalist! To say I'm over the moon is an understatement of the year. Out of over 300 entries!!! This is such an honor and I'm both thrilled and humbled.

Many thanks to the wonderful BRAVA authors (whose books line my shelves) who had the awesome, and unenviable, task of judging the entries. I'd also like to extend a hearty thanks to Kensington and most especially Kate Duffy for hosting the contest.

This news will certainly make that extra large slice of Million Dollar Pound Cake I always have after Thanksgiving dinner worth every butter-moist, scrumptious bite!!

Best wishes to all those who entered.
posted by Liz @ 8:30 AM   5 comments
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
It's almost Thanksgiving and I can honestly say, I'm looking forward to not eating too much (in one sitting, that is). LOL. It's all about pacing oneself which is important in everything - not just writing. Although I have read books lately that make me question the concept of pacing.

I've read books that move at a snail's pace and also those that are intent on beating the turtle & the hare to the finish line. Then of course, there are those that discover a happy medium between the two. Pacing is vitally important unless you want a reader sailing your book against the wall with a pitch worthy of Manny Ramirez.

Pacing problems can be conquered by considering the purpose of a scene and how it's moving the story along. I've written great scenes just riddled with angst, tension and outstanding dialogue and you know what? They added absolutely NOTHING to the story at all. That's when I know I've fallen into feeding my own ego and have left the characters doing nothing but hanging out - just chilling - while I take over THEIR story!

Even when physical action isn't taking place, the story still needs to move forward. But even if you have what I call "relaxation" scenes (i.e., sequels), there still needs to be a purpose to the introspection.

Move the story forward and at the end of the scene the reader should have learned something new about the character(s). Otherwise, what is the point besides boring the reader - and who wants to do that?

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Writing & Happy Reading!!!!
posted by Liz @ 8:22 AM   1 comments
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