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A Novel Idea: Excerpts

A little bit ago, I participated in A Novel Idea’s prompt for story blurbs. It was a lot of fun and I got some great responses (shout out to my Tumblr folk and brambleberrycottage for chiming in!), so I’m doing it again: this time, with excerpts!

Here’s the Novel Idea prompt for this week:

This week, share a favorite quote from your novel: whether it’s one sentence long, a paragraph, or even a whole chapter. It can be from your current novel or one that you’re finished with. Writing can be filled with self-doubt, but this week, take the time to show off your hard work.

Like last time, I’ve included four responses to the prompt from my four most-active works-in-progress. And I made them graphics again because why not! Enjoy!

a novel idea: excerpts
My fingers tremble, but for once it’s not the hunger or the sadness that’s gnawing my insides. It’s a painful warmth. Hope. – The Eleventh Trade
a novel idea: excerpts
Melle’s father fell silent. Beyond the palace walls, the clatter of carts and shouts of vendors grew louder as the city woke. Everything was unreal, the scenes of a life that would go on whether or not her father lived, whether or not this was the last time he would tell her the story. Unbearable was not the word for the hollowness in Melle’s chest. She could bear it. She could feel it and still she breathed, still her heart beat. And that was worse.
a novel idea: excerpts
While he began to pour [the tea], she studied him on the sly. If she ever made a pigment for his eye color, she would mix black made from vine twigs with a touch of gold powder. That way his eyes on the page would flash, as they did now—dark and then, when he looked up and the light caught in them, bright and shining. Illuminated. – Illuminate
a novel idea: excerpts
The birds round me fall silent and air sharpens with evergreen scent. I drop the fletching, my hand already to my quiver when I turn. But it’s not another stranger come to shoot at me. It’s the child. The child from the tree. “Wheest!” I blurt, startled. No one sneaks up on me like this. Even the assassins gave themselves away by creaking in the tree boughs. “What are you doing here, little one?” She smiles, mouth full of sharp teeth, and steps from the tree shade onto the trail. Pointed ears stick out of wild black hair, and her skin gleams in the light—like gold brushed over with soil. “I smelled the blood,” she says, “and I came.” – Popinjay

I’m curious – which blurb intrigues you most?

Want to join in? Check out Sky’s original post.

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A Novel Idea: Blurbs

Click the pictures to see them full-size (and read the full blurbs).

I’m taking a quick break from the Q&A series to participate in A Novel Idea. Yes, I’m talking about my own projects quite a lot here lately – mostly because that’s what my life currently revolves around! The Eleventh Trade is back with my agent now, and I’m busily editing away at Illuminate (and having entirely too much fun rediscovering the story after a nine month break).

Here’s the Novel Idea prompt for this week:

What would the back cover of your novel say? Try to make it as intriguing as possible. Remember, this is all readers have when trying to decide if they’re going to read your book or not. Do the best you can to convince a hypothetical reader to pick up your book.

Since I had already written blurbs (it’s one of my favorite things to do early in a writing project, oddly), I got a bit ambitious and made them into fun graphics. Illuminate and The Eleventh Trade are currently my top priorities, but I threw in Blessings and Popinjay for funsies. I didn’t bother with Wake or Heiress Letters (title to be determined??) for now, as they are the farthest off my radar at the moment.

I’m curious – which blurb intrigues you most?

Want to join in? Check out Sky’s original post.

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Art Commissions Through the Years

Art Commissions Through the Years

I’m a huge fan of commissioning artists whenever I hit a milestone in my writing. That’s why I made a whole list guide of some rad artists currently open for commissions over on The Great Noveling Adventure. It’s really fun to see your characters come to life in art!

Today I decided to take a trip down memory lane and pull out some of my favorite commissions from years gone by. The vast majority are by my incredibly talented sister, Laura Hollingsworth, in exchange for slavery services. She’s a freelance illustrator–go check her out!

There’s also one by the amazing Lora Innes, and one was done by Claparo-Sans (I’ve noted…Continue Reading

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General Writing Update (CampNaNoWriMo)

General Writing Update (CampNaNoWriMo)

Today is the end of CampNaNoWriMo, normal NaNoWriMo’s more fun cousin! For those of you who are my parents, that acronym stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and every November writers from around the world try to (as the name implies) write 50,000 words in a month. In CampNaNo, it’s basically the same idea—except that you can set your own wordcount goals.

So, needless to say, this month has been full to the brim with writing. I finished with about 60,000 words, spread across four different projects. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve gotten done (with bonus excerpts!):

The Great Tanboor Trade

As part of my publishing course for my master’s, I had to write a query and synopsis for…Continue Reading

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Creative Stories Update

Creative Stories Update

It’s been a while since I did a blog entry rounding up my various stories, so here ’tis! Below the cut you will find updates on my various creative projects (5 of them now!) and some pretty pictures.

 

Blessings ([Series names] #1)

(Clearly I’m still having a hard time pinpointing the series name, even though I wrote about forever ago.)

After a lengthy talk with my writing friend and brain twin Annie, I realized that the beginning of the book could be streamlined and made about 100% better through the extra work. I’ve since completed the huge rewrites (and cut around 10k from the beginning), and several sources confirm that the results are very promising!

About the time I…Continue Reading

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2014 in Review

2014 in Review

If 2014 had a word, it would probably be: Belonging.

In 2014, I…

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5 Ways to Avoid Infodumping

5 Ways to Avoid Infodumping

I primarily enjoy writing (and reading) fantasy. It’s wonderful when your head is full of another world, with all the culture and worldbuilding attached.

But getting necessary information about this crazy awesome world across to your reader can be hard. Really, really hard.

The best worldbuilding is done in a steady trickle, so soft the reader doesn’t really know how they know the information. I’m not there yet. Instead of a gently flowing, melodious stream, I often find myself taking a hammer to my readers’ brains and being like, “NOTICE THIS, IT’S IMPORTANT.”

This, my friends, is an infodump.

An infodump is when necessary information…Continue Reading

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