I need to consult with Victoria Strauss before continuing the story, and I will invite her to begin posting here, because, from now on, it was HER story just as much as it was mine. Hope that's okay with everyone?
I asked Vic the other day if she wanted to join me in doing a joint blog about Writer Beware and writing. She indicated she'd like that.
I hope that would be okay with y'all?
If the blog works out well, we're going to link to it on our respective sites, and give it a name. Anyone have any suggestions for a a suitable blog name?
By the way, Victoria has the cover art for her new book up on her site, and it's great! It's www.victoriastrauss.com
You should go check it out.
Does anyone who's reading this have any questions for Writer Beware? I'd be happy to answer questions about scam agents, or publishers, or give advice to those who are aspiring writers.
It's what Writer Beware DOES.
As for me, I'm working away on Winds of Vengeance, book 2 in the Exiles of Boq'urain trilogy. At some point I might post a few paragraphs here.
Okay, here's today's writing tip! WHEN WRITING A SCENE THAT'S HIGHLY TECHNICAL, AND YOU AREN'T AN EXPERT IN THE SUBJECT, BUT HAVE JUST DONE THE RESEARCH TO WRITE THE SCENE, WRITE THE SCENE FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A CHARACTER WHO IS NOT AN EXPERT IN THE SUBJECT MATTER. WRITE FROM THE POV OF SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST THE ORDINARY KNOWLEDGE LEVEL. THAT WAY YOU CAN MAKE SURE THE READER LEARNS JUST WHAT HE OR SHE NEEDS TO KEEP READING, WITHOUT HAVING TO CLUTTER UP THE SCENE WITH UNSPOKEN "SUBCONTEXT" FROM AN EXPERT CHARACTER.
-Ann C. Crispin