About Amy’s Courage

The second book of my series already has a title. Unfortunately, it has little else.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written the book. But it’s a first draft and like all first drafts, it’s ugly. Really ugly.

I’ve been struggling with the editing. Really struggling. I kept opening up the draft, shuddering with horror and basically closing it again. I thought about settling and just doing a mediocre job but I hated doing that.

Then I read D. Emery’s excellent post Good News and Bad News, and I felt so validated. D. Emery writes about being stuck writing his second book, Darkness Revealed. He puts eloquently into words exactly what I feel.

Darkness Revealed is much more obvious about the philosophy aspects, and that takes a lot of thinking to get right. I need to craft philosophical ways of thinking and explaining the situation behind the Darkening, and they need to be logically sound.

And I don’t have the mental capacity (and barely the time) to do that right now.

…I realize that’s a disappointment for the people eager to read the sequel, but as I said with my retrospective post, quality is first, quantity will come with time.”

He could go ahead and write a mediocre book but his integrity won’t let him and I admire that in him. In fact, that’s what I want for my book too.

D. Emery’s post gives me hope. I hope that, like he wrote, ‘quality first, quantity will come with time’. For a beginning writer like myself, hope is a wonderful thing.

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Taylor Grace in The Character Blog Hop

Oddly enough, I just participated on my first ever Blog Hop yesterday and here’s another! I was nominated by Crystin Goodwin for this one and I’d like to give her  a big thank you for thinking of me.

Here are the questions:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character is named Klias and he’s most definitely a creation of my little mind.

 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set after Klias finds out he’s probably going to die–mostly due to what he’s done. It’s  a paranormal story so the reason is somewhat magical or ethereal.

 

3) What should we know about him/her?

We should know Klias will help others even if it kills him–which it nearly did.

 

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

He had accepted that he was going to die…but then he falls in love. With Amy.

 

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Klias wanted to ensure that Amy was safe before he died.

 

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

It’s called Amy’s Courage.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

I’m doing the big edits now. Then come little edits. You can see my progress on the first page of my blog. You can read more about Klias in the first book, Olivia’s Choice. He’s a secondary character in that book.

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I also get to nominate five awesome blogs for this hop. I have five just in mind:

Infinitefreetime

InkyTavern

Heather B Costa

Elsie Elmore

Amos M Carpenter

I hope everyone enjoyed this Hop. I tried to keep my answers brief and sweet. If you have questions, please give me a shout.

Taylor Grace in The Writing Process Blog Tour

Just today, I was selected for the writing process blog tour by Susanne Leist. I’ve never been on a blog tour…so this is pretty exciting! As far as I understand, I have to do these three things: Link to the blogger before, answer 4 questions, and nominate 3 bloggers to keep the hop going. Here are the bloggers I’m nominating:

Winter Bayne

Mishka Jenkins

Callum McLaughlin

 

1. Why do I write what I do?

I love romance. Short and sweet, it’s what I read and what I write. I particularly love historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. I write paranormal.

 

2. How does my writing process work?

It always starts with an idea–and don’t ask me where they come from. Then I almost immediately dismiss it. If it comes back, with a suggestion for how it’d work into a book, then I listen and write it down on a note. Eventually, I’ll flesh it out, consider characters and go from there. I tend to take one step forward, then two back. I find that I get a plot going, then think something is terrible and have to fix it. Start writing then find a scene doesn’t work and have to rewrite it. Until, little by little, the entire thing is written and I can edit.

3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hm…Little known fact about me, I have a university degree in math. I think it helps me see patterns and symmetry. I really like circular ideas too.

4. What am I working on at the moment?

I’m working on editing those nasty extra words and superfluous comas in Olivia’s Choice and first-editing on Amy’s Choice. I’m also chewing over an idea I have for the next book or two. I just have to make up my mind about where I want to go next.

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Give the nominated blogs and our nominator a visit—See what answers they’ve come up with!

Self-Editing tips

I always thought you had to go to the Beta readers to get true editing. Turns out, the author is the best first-editing tool.

But how? I’ve posted a bit about this before. There is macro editing (i.e.: does this turn in the plot make sense? Should the ending change completely?) and micro editing (i.e., comas, passive voice, etc.). This is about micro editing. Ten tips to help anyone write better. Even a blog post. 🙂

http://writetodone.com/how-to-write-well-self-editing-tips/

I really liked the tips and they are incredibly helpful because I’m in the middle of editing Amy’s Courage and man, alive! It’s not easy. (sigh). A big thanks to C. S. Lakin for the post!

What I’m doing now…

I’m almost done Amy’s Courage. I have the epilogue to write and I’m done. I’m excited and thrilled…and terrified of the editing that I know will come next.

Editing doesn’t come easy to me. I don’t have tons of money for someone else to do it so it’s up to me…and my trusty computer. The very first thing I have to do is look over the plot and make sure that it runs smoothly and that any superfluous scenes find their way to the trash. Then it’s going over the writing until it shines brighter than the stars in the sky.

My biggest editing nightmares are: knowing how to edit and when to stop and the dreaded passive voice.

So, I promise a post with links on how to edit very soon. I’ll add the links to my growing Resources page for easy access. I also promise a post on that nasty ‘passive voice’ and how to avoid it–also with links.

One final idea that you might be able to try: the new version of MacBook Pro has a feature that reads out loud anything you highlight. Hearing any written text out loud immediately highlights all and any typos, misplaced commas, and issues. It’s a very powerful tool…but you need patience because it will read the entire story in one slow voice. Also, you might want to use headphones (or not do it while in a public coffee shop–yeah, I tried it there. Enough said).

Five star review for Olivia’s Choice

Olivia’s Choice just got a wonderful, five star review on Amazon! I’m awed and humbled that someone would like my book so much they would give it a five star review. And they asked if I was writing any sequels! I’m just over the moon. (By the way, I am writing the sequel…Amy’s Courage. It’s almost done–except for editing).

Check it out here:  http://www.amazon.com/Olivias-Choice-Forest-Races-ebook/dp/B00DUHI8OU/

Another great review for Olivia’s Choice!

I’m over the moon with Andrea Whittle’s review. I’m thrilled to know she loved the book and wants to read part 2 (Amy’s Courage which I’m working on right now). She also did a little interview of yours truly and it’s in the post.

Here’s the link to the review:  http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/2013/11/20/olivias-choice-forest-races-1-taylor-grace/

So excited! Yeey!