I want to thank you guys again for all your positive comments about chapter one of PALE DEMON. ;-) Man! It felt good to finally start sharing it. We should have five chapters released between now and Feb 22. Yay!
We also have planned a wallpaper and a special offer for the electronic version of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNDEAD, so keep checking back for when those will be available.
My work went good on Friday with that unplanned chapter I realized I needed. I still might tweak it some more, but Trent is there, and I feel better about the pacing. Today I have a four page transitional chapter to write, and then I should be right back to my original plotlines.
Four pages is a very short chapter for me. (They are usually 15 to 20) I think I’ve only done it about three times in the entire series. But again, you gotta know when to break your rules to clue the reader in that THIS is important. For breaking rules to be effective (breaking the rules to effect pacing and jar the reader) you have to hold to your rules most of the time. I know, it sounds confining and stiff, but you have to look at the big picture.
People like patterns, we feel them even if we don’t see them. Patterns that authors have in their work are part of what make up their style or voice, so if you’re a new writer and you keep hearing people say you need to take time to develop your “voice,” this might be what they are talking about.
Just as an aside, I made maple candy last night. OMGosh, it is my best batch yet!