Sunday, March 10, 2013

What's up?

I have been rather busy lately with school assignments and exams, reading for reviews, and family life. But I have also been working on something else lately, a dream of mine actually. It will probably take awhile to get it out there, but I have no problem telling you what it is that I am currently working on for a little bit each day.

A book. The reviewer is writing a book. Which is amusing to think that someday I will be in the authors shoes, looking for pleasant reviews. Another thing that is crossing my mind is how I am often hard on the authors that I review for, pointing out mistakes and such. It will be interesting to see if I can see where they have gone wrong and right and learn from it and release an amazing book. I'm working on a YA Paranormal book. It won't be released for bare minimum, a year.

What is the point of this post you ask? Well, I figured I wouldn't be able to post a review for at least another few days yet and thought I'd share something to keep you all reading my posts. So I figured I would just update you on what I have been doing and what it is that is making it take me slightly longer to read a book. I am still spending more time reading then I am writing. But what is really holding back my progress is my school life (or lack there of).

Please feel free to comment on any of these posts. I love seeing your feedback. Now to end this post, I will leave you with the prologue of what I am currently writing. Post at yous again soon ;)


PROLOGUE:

My eyes whipped open and I blinked several times trying to make out my surroundings. After struggling for my eyes to adjust for a few moments I realized that they were not going to adjust. Where ever I was, it was dark. Really really dark. 

After failing to see something in the darkness that clung to me, I couldn't help but smell that I was somewhere damp. It smelled like the moist earth that you potted your spring flowers in. Without the fresh smell of the flowers.

My fear was so strong that it paralyzed me. I had to close my eyes again and try to slow my breathing. When I finally reopened them I tried to move my arms to try and figure out my surroundings by touch. That is when the real terror set in. I could feel the wood all around me, I was in a box. No, it was more like an old wooden coffin. 

I began to scream. I screamed so long and so loud that my voice got all raw and scratchy until eventually I couldn't scream anymore. The combination of the darkness, the moist earth, and the surrounding wooden coffin feel had my mind racing wildly. Did they bury me? How could they of not known that I was not yet dead? How did I get here? My mind was racing and I had to close my eyes tightly again to try and remember how I had gotten here in the first place. Slowly some memories came back. 

I was a freshman at college. I just started the year a week ago. I hadn't had time to explore campus yet. Then it all came flooding back. The party. The adorable guy that was sitting across the room looking all hot and bad ass. The kiss. The need for privacy. What happened when we were alone...

16 comments:

  1. Ah, I see you have been editing, you already know I really like it but it seems more polished already. Love hearing about your progress with it. Good luck :)

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    1. Thanks! I am sure when the whole thing is written that I will go back to the beginning again and edit it all, cutting and adding. Thanks for the luck ;) I may need it :)

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  2. I’m usually a silent reader, but here I felt compelled to comment. I also write YA Paranormal, and I will be following your progress with considerable interest. The inside of a coffin seems like a very promising beginning. Writing a first-person narrative is pretty much guaranteed to give you an emotional rollercoaster ride as you work your way through the plot, but that’s part of the fun too. Congratulations on your start and good luck on your journey!

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    1. Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that you find the beginning interesting. I was toying with the idea of changing the narrative for the book to third person, with first person thoughts mixed in. I was planning on leaving the prologue first person, and starting third person in the first chapter. In your opinion, would it still hold your interest and still take you on a roller coaster ride?
      Any and all feedback is appreciated :)

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    2. Sorry, I may have been ambiguous in my comment. I had meant as a writer. I write in both first and third person, and at least for myself, I find that I become more emotionally involved with the plot and protagonist when writing a first-person narrative.

      As a reader, I enjoy both first and third person, including stories that judiciously switch back and forth between the two. Regardless of perspective, the rollercoaster ride for the reader will ultimately manifest itself in the plot which, if your first few paragraphs is any indicator, is off to a good start.

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    3. No that is quite fine! I value your opinion! I have never wrote a book before, I'm generally just an addicted reader. :) This will be the first time that I have ever attempted to write a book.

      All of your comments are valued and I am very appreciative of the time you have taken to read my start and share your opinions with me. Thank you so much :)

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  3. You really caught my attention with this. I really want to know whats going on. Good luck with your writing I'll definitely be following your progress on this.

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    1. Thank you so much Angie! It really means a lot to me! I'm glad that it is interesting enough to keep everyone hooked so far. :)

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  4. A good start at a good starting point. :)

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  5. Now I want to know what happens LOL :) it's great so far, can't wait to read more!!!
    Best of luck with it!!!!

    Have a great day :)
    Michelle
    love2readalways@blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I am happy to hear that the beginning is good enough to keep you reading. Now to write the rest with as much suspense to keep the reader satisfied ;)
      I will keep you updated.

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  6. What a great start! If you're like me, it won't take you a year to finish. The plot, the characters, the excitement of seeing your creation take form will absorb every spare minute you have. The more you progress, the more you will realize you have to give!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! It feels great to know that several readers enjoy the beginning so far. I keep getting stopped with editing. I'm sure once I get out of school for the summer term that I will type out the majority of this book but until then I just sit down and edit words here and there and haven't gotten far. I'm ok with the slower pace though, it makes me feel as though anything that I do release will be perfect ;)

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  7. Congrats on the new adventure, Kristine! Any true writer started out as an obsessive reader first, so you're already on the right track. ;)

    The story looks great, but I'm only commenting in order to respond to your last post. Do NOT get caught up in editing while you're writing. There will be plenty of opportunity to go over your work with a fine-toothed comb, numerous times, once you get your scenes written. Don't lose your train of thought just to obsess over a missing comma, or factual inaccuracies, or flow.

    The important thing right now is getting your ideas down on paper before they abandon your head. You can worry (and you will!) about the editing afterward.

    Good luck! Looking forward to seeing more.

    T Torrest

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    1. Thanks so much :) I have heard that before from several authors actually. I still can't seem to help it, I get frusturated with the writing in rough form. BUT...I have still taken some of the advice to heart and have wrote out an outline chapter per chapter so that I don't lose any ideas. The outline also details my characters completely, so that half way through their eyes don't go from green to blue by accident. AND since I am taking a longer time to write it, because of the edits, it gives me time to add in so much other things I think about while writing. :)

      It's definitely not a perfect writing method but it is working so far from me. If it turns out to be too long to publish and that it just doesn't work then I figure I can always try again the suggested way next time.

      Thanks for reading my start though. It really means a lot to have the input and acceptance from the various authors and readers for the first adventure into writing.

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