This is part of our company's closing next year. I expect I'll get my notice either this month or the end of December because we only have 3 attorneys and the managing attorney. I'll be glad to get through this next super big life challenge and am getting ready. A career counselor they hired to help us wrote an awesome resume for me that I'll use when I make a career change to an administrative position. And this blog is in there to show my technology skills. I've been working on my cover letters and starting to network with a few people I hadn't told yet. One asked me to send him my resume now. I'll keep you all posted. And I am so glad to have this blog and all you as friends as I go through this challenging time.
Jessica Sayler's debut book SECRET CATCH just released. Here's a blurb: Tyler Koontz is Trojan gold
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And I have a few winners to announce:
The winner of SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is Carl Scott!
And the winner of SALT AND STORM is Suzanne Warr!
Congrats! E-mail me your address so I can send you your books. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I'll have to pick another winner.
So here's Lee!
It’s the beginnings that are the hardest for me to write. I spend more time on that first sentence, that first paragraph, page or chapter than I do with the whole book—almost. And even after I rewrite for the hundredth time, I’m not one hundred percent satisfied. I’ve come to understand that this is my “insecurity” showing up.
Here’s why. Book browsers usually give a book no more than three pages before making the decision to buy or to put a book back on the shelf. Three pages!
“Deal with it, baby.” That’s what I finally told myself.
But how? There had to a way I could rewrite my beginnings and not wind up in a puddle of despair with every book.
When all else fails, I like to resort to logic, so that’s where I went for help. I turned on my left brain coordinates and created a Checklist Of Questions for myself. It has helped, so I thought I’d share that checklist with you today.
Now, in all honesty, some items are mine; some I stole and can’t remember who I stole them from, so if
01.Do I have a HOOK?
02.Where is it? (First line? First page?)
03.What’s the HOOK’s question?
04.Is that question big enough to catch the readers’ interest? Will “What happens next?” pop into their minds?
05.Is my main character clearly established?
06.Does my main character have a clearly established goal or desire?
07.Is there any scene that I can improve with better characterization?
08.Is my inciting event in the right place?
09.Will my readers know where and when the story takes place?
10.How much white space do I have? (Where can I add some with dialogue or shorter, quicker-paced sentences?)
11.Do I have any long narrative or descriptive passages that I could a) delete b) break up?
12.Do I use passive voice, and get too wordy?
13.Do I establish and keep the tone I want for the book?
14.Do I have any “blah” description?
I don’t bother with this Checklist of Questions until I come to that miracle called The End. When I type that, I know it’s only the beginning, but I’ve accomplished phase one of my book. That’s when I go back and shred and shred and shred the beginning, using my list of questions.
Do you have a checklist for your beginnings? Anything I need to add? Are beginnings a challenge for you?
Thanks for the advice. Love the list, Lee!
You can find Lee at:
EVERNIGHT TEEN: http://www.
Here's a blurb of DOUBLE NEGATIVE from Goodreads:
"My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn't been laid yet. I couldn't go into the slammer before that happened." Hutch McQueen.
Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped in a dysfunctional family. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.
Lee has generously offered a copy of DOUBLE NEGATIVE for a giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through October 18th. I’ll announce the winner on October 20th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. Also if you like Lee's new Facebook page and add DOUBLE NEGATIVE to your Goodreads list, mention this in the comments for extra entries. You must be 13 or older to enter. This is an International giveaway with a print version for U.S. and e-book for International.
Here’s what’s coming
On Wednesday I'm giving away a number of recently released Harper Collins middle grade books that I know many of you would enjoy.
Next Monday after that I have a guest post by another long time follower and debut author Kim Van Sickler and a giveaway of her YA contemporary SNACHED IN GULLYBROOK.
Tuesday that week I’m participating in the Spooktacular Book Giveaway Blog Hop. I’ll have lots of great choices for you or an Amazon Gift Card if you don’t like what I picked.
Wednesday that week I'll be hosting a giveaway of the entire YA urban fantasy Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima, one of my all time favorite authors. So excited about this!
And the Monday after that, I’ve got a huge celebration giveaway because we’ve reached over 4000 GFC followers. They'll be a huge giveaway of both MG and YA books and a grand prize Amazon Gift Card. Hope you'll stop by to help celebrate!
The following Monday 'll be thrilled to share an interview with debut author Martina Boone who so many of us know with a giveaway of her fantastic YA Gothic romance COMPULSION. You'll love the small town Southern setting and the characters who are all so unique.
And don’t forget Casey’s Thursday Agent Spotlights.
Hope to see you on Wednesday!