First, the housekeeping. Lots of congratulations this morning! To STELLA for winning the ARC of Paula Brackston’s The Witch’s Daughter; to LYNNRUSH for winning the ARC of Bree Despain’s The Dark Divine; to LISA R and MARIAN L for winning copies of Terry Spear’s Wolf Fever.
Read on for more about today’s giveaway!
I’ve been reading James Scott Bell’s amazing book Revision & Self-Editing…how have I missed this till now?! Anyway, one of the techniques he recommends for authors (who are all also avid readers or we wouldn’t be in this crazy business) is to take a favorite novel and deconstruct it.
The technique he recommends is to take a pack of note cards and go through the novel carefully. At the end of each scene fill out a card with a) the number of the scene–scene one would be card one, etc.; b) where the scene occurred–the setting; c) what the scene is about; d) what makes you want to read on. I might add a category e) how it advances the story. It should tell you a lot about what makes the story move. Since I struggle with pacing, I think this is a good technique for me to try.
The great Savvy Authors website (www.savvyauthors.com — and if you’re a writer you should at least get the free membership) offers a series of workshops on deconstructing novels and movies. I’ve wanted to take one but am afraid I won’t be able to keep up because of my insane schedule. So I’m about to start the process at my own pace, using one of my own favorite novels that I’ve been wanting to re-read: Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called, the first in the Mercy Thompson series.
If you haven’t read this great urban fantasy series, shame on you! Now, here’s your chance. I’ll give away a copy of Moon Called to one commenter (open internationally). You know the routine: up to four entries per person (and make sure I have your email) +1 comment, +1 blog follow, +1 twitter follow, +1 tweet or retweet. [Already have Moon Called? If so, I’ll send you Patricia Briggs’ first Alpha and Omega novel, Cry Wolf. Tell me which one you want!)