Talking Out the Book (Plus an ARC!)

This week has been an up and down week. Sure, I’ve gotten 6k in over three days, an excellent total for me lately; but the book is turning on me. It’s not keeping the tone I had set at the beginning; rewriting already is a PITA. I can’t say who the target publisher is, so I won’t. Ahem.

Of course, I’m working on something out of my comfort zone. Well, I’m working on TWO projects – whoops, make that THREE – out of my comfort zone; one is going swimmingly, being half done, and I’m itching to get back to it. The other – that’s got the 6k in it. One-tenth done. SIGH. But I’m finding that if I just keep my head down and do the work, some words – even words with the wrong feel to them – are better than no words. (The third project? That’s a new play. No, seriously. STOP LAUGHING!!! Okay, it’s a comedy, but really…must you bust a gut?!!)

I’m also thinking that maybe I started this story in the wrong place. As much as I REALLY like the opening scene, maybe that should just be the heroine’s intro? Maybe, in order to make the hero much more sympathetic, I need to open with him and his travails? See, he’s a grounded-for-life pilot who now runs his family’s private charter plane company…his brother died over in Iraq and his parents (who don’t like him in the first place) can’t forgive him for not enlisting, too. So…well, he does something his parents REALLY want him to do because he just doesn’t care anymore. And then he meets this girl. In a bar. Who will never get a tattoo because she’s boring as hell, as she puts it. And meeting her changes everything he thought he knew about himself and the world around him.

Hm…I’m just thinking this might be the way to go. Sometimes I need to talk out a book over coffee or wine…and when I’m at work, I can’t really “talk out” a book aloud, so I’m using the blog for my “talk out”. Hope you all don’t mind!

Well? Am I on the right track? Is this a book you’d want to read, or should I toss the idea? Let me know!

One lucky, randomly-selected commenter will win an ARC of DEMON HUNT if I get more than just me talking to myself here…so let your friends know, too, and make sure you leave your email address in your comment!

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11 Responses to Talking Out the Book (Plus an ARC!)

  1. Lindsey says:

    You can talk out your books all you want! If you really like your opening scene, you should keep it. Your idea sounds really interesting – I would totally read that book!

    Oh, and sign me up for an ARC of Demon Hunt! loucks.lindsey@yahoo.com

  2. I’m thinking what you outlined may be the way to go. I’m not a big contemporary reader as a rule, and I have to admit it’s not something I’d normally pick up unless I already knew the author and liked her style. That being said, I know and like your work (and you), so yes, I’d read it.

    You know where to find me, I believe, but in case you’ve got the old address: teresanoelleroberts@verizon.net

    • Christine says:

      Yeah – If I don’t start with the hero, he’ll come off looking pretty insensitive. Jerk-like. Can’t have that!

  3. Maria says:

    Sounds like an interesting book to me. I like the idea that the “boring” girl changes everything for the guy who apparently was a daredevil and I already hate his parents.

  4. I can feel your pain. I do book reviews and sometimes I’m reading two and three books at a time in order to meet my deadlines. I envy authors because you are so creative. I love to read the world you create but I just could not do that myself. I’ll leave that to the experts.

    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

    • Welcome, Lynn! I felt that way about writing for a very long time, so I understand what you mean. Most of the time I’m surprised that I’m a writer, and then other times its like – ah, of course! But what else? Cheers hon!

  5. Debra Kristi says:

    Something tells me the girl isn’t so boring. ;) Sorry I’ve been absent. I’ve been trying to find my WIP and am now heavy in fast draft. It might be a way to go for you, or not. It has kept me out of social media – more or less. I love listening to you talk out your book or play. I’m extremely curious where the play came from. Wish I was going to the meeting next week. I’ll be down in San Diego attending writer panels at Comic Con.

    I’d love your Demon Hunt Arc. :D

    • Hey Debra! No worries – everyone is on Summer Time, which means things get shoved to one side to do things like go swimming, or go to COMIC CON…YES, I’m totally envious. Hope you have a wonderful time!

  6. Belated Congrats to MARIA, the random winner of the ARC of DEMON HUNT! Hugs hon!

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