Aiecha of Word Spelunking first turned me onto this series last Christmas, when she surprised me by gifting me with an e-copy of Crave to christen my new Kindle Fire with. Ever since then, I have been craving more and more of this truly fantastic and amazing series. So, when I was offered the chance to be a part of the Covet tour through Kistmet Book Tours I absolutely LEAPED at the chance for sure. Let me tell you, Melissa Darnell simply DID NOT disappoint with the next installment of this deliciously dark and romantic series. If you have not read this series yet or if you're looking for a paranormal romance that will quench your thirst and spark to life off the pages with insatiable romance - then THIS IS THE SERIES for you!!!
For those of you who need a little more incentive or are craving to hear more from the author herself, I have an AWESOME giveaway that Harlequinn Teen is sponsoring in conjunction with Kismet Book Tours AND an interiview that Melissa Darnell was so generous enough to take part in to wet your appetite with.
Trust me, it is dripping with romance and a world carefully crafted and wonderfully imagined that will not disappoint. So, stay tuned and turn up the volumed! We're about to get...HOT LIKE FIRE!!!
It's absolutely thrilling and unpredictable in so many wonderful ways. The forbidden romance and the further exploration of the Clann, was one of the highest points of the novel. There's a sort of quiet subtley in the adventure and excitement that takes place in this novel, but all of the main characters are there and the new ones only add to the story making it more appealing and interesting. Darnell has managed to hit it out of the park with this next installment to the series. Fans of young adult paranormal romance will definitely enjoy this scorchingly amazing book.
1. The better your outline, the better your rough draft. Outlines in and of themselves aren’t new to me. I can’t write a story if I don’t know where it’s going ahead of time (and I’m just as anal about preplanning out family trips!). I give myself permission to write fairly crappy first drafts and then focus on the revisions to really help me hone in on what I’m trying to say in every scene. But by spending a little more time on my outline and deciding for every scene what’s the initial objective, what’s the obstacle, and what’s the outcome, my scenes stay on point better and I end up wasting less time writing scenes that eventually will get tossed because they don’t move the story along enough. To this end, my new favorite tool for writing is a software program called Scrivener, which allows me to write each scene separately, reorder them simply by dragging and dropping the scenes in the Outline tool, color code my scenes at a glance to show the POV character or anything else I want to color code them for, and I adore its virtual bulletin board/notecard view where I can both color code the scenes, give them brief summaries to help jog my memory, and mark them as a rough draft, scene sketch, in need of more fleshing out, or final version ready to go. This allows me to both plot out my story ahead of time, rearrange as needed, see where I’m repeating scenes that could be better if combined instead, etc. I can also use this virtual notecard setup to help me revise my story after it’s done, and all without having to kill trees by using real notecards that would be in constant danger from my kids and my cat if I tried to spread them out on the ground!
2. I’ve also learned an excellent tip about villains...if you don’t know what happens next in your story, it’s because you don’t know your villian well enough yet, because the villain drives your story. They’re the ones creating all the conflict for your hero or heroine to have to overcome.
3. And one last tip for more advanced level writing...wherever possible, a scene should do more than just one thing. So for instance, instead of writing a scene that only moves the external plot forward or only adds insight into a certain character’s personality and motivation, the scene will read much faster and tighter if you can combine both plot advancement and characterization into just one scene.
Also, try to remember that writing is equal parts art and business. Before you write, you should know what’s out there, what editors and agents are looking for, and pump your brain with as much knowledge about writing as you can. Then, when you sit down to write, trust your subconscious to remember it all while your conscious focuses on simply telling a good story.
And finally, try not to read the negative reviews. This was so hard for me in the beginning. I wanted to read everything to try and learn what I was doing right and wrong according to my readers. But then I started to see how the very thing that one reader loved another hated! Finally I began to understand that you absolutely can not please everyone, and even the biggest bestselling authors like R.L. Stine, James Patterson, and J.K. Rowling get crap reviews sometimes. All you can do as an author is try to tell a good story, something that resonates with you on a personal level, that excites you or moves you in some way, that puts out into the world some message you want to share with others. Listen to your agent and your editors, and be extremely open to taking their advice, because they’re always going to be more objective than you as they look from the outside in on your finished story. Always work hard to learn something new about writing, whether it’s a new process to try, a new tool or technique or writing device to implement, or simply a new way to look at writing as a whole. And then, when you’re done with your latest story, immediately get to work on the next one! It’s the best cure for wanting to read your own reviews.
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