CONTEST: Read on to win a new copy of JR Ward’s fantabulous Black Dagger Brotherhood Insider’s Guide — it’s an awesome read if you’re a writer interested in learning about a successful author’s process and also if, like me, you luuuuuuv those ginormous macho vampires. Plus there’s a novella about Zhadist and Bella that doesn’t appear anywhere else. What’s not to love?
I bought a copy of this book a while back because I read that JR Ward published her entire BDB proposal in there, just as she’d originally submitted it, warts and all. I was trying to figure out how to put together a trilogy proposal at the time and thought seeing her structure would be helpful.
And it was–it gave me a good proposal template to use. (I’ll have to let you know sometime in the future if it actually is a saleable proposal).
What I found most interesting about the book–well, besides all the sexy outtakes and “interviews” with the brothers and specific plot challenges JR Ward came up against in writing the different books–was her writing process, specifically her outlining process.
If you’ve read my blitherings on this blog at all, you know I’m such a plotter that my crit partner calls me Rain Man. I have NOTHING on JR Ward. Nothing. Nada. The woman writes 60,000-word outlines so detailed they are practically a first draft. I have draft envy.
So as I begin to flesh out the sentence outline I’ve already done for my third New Orleans-series fantasy, Elysian Fields, I decided to try her technique. Between now and the start of NaNoWriMo, I’ll be seeing how fleshed out I can make my sentence outline. Watch the progress on the Tracker. I’m setting my outline length at 40k (yegods, the very idea makes Rain Man quiver with excitement). We’ll see how it goes 🙂
Okay, the contest to win the BDB Insider’s Guide (and warning, it contains spoilers if you haven’t at least read through the first six books). It’s an easy one: Tell me who your favorite Black Dagger Brother is, and why (if you haven’t read the books–shame on you–tell me your favorite vampire). I’ll go ahead and ‘fess up and say I love Vishous, the most tortured, screwed-up character to grace the pages of any novel I’ve recently read. And JR Ward will tell you why Vishous is her least-favorite character and the mistake she made in writing his story. Extra entry for blog followers; extra entry for Twitter followers @Suzanne_Johnson.
I’ll announce the winner on the blog on Friday, Oct. 17. Sorry–U.S. and Canada only.