Writing NewsI'm about halfway done with my first draft of The Reckoning! Around 43,000 words. This is the fifth book in my Legacy of the King's Pirates series. Click on Coming Soon for more information and a peek at the cover. (Gorgeous!) With less than three days a week to write, it's slow going, but with God's help I've managed to cover a lot of ground so far. I know you're going to love the story as much as I'm enjoying writing it.
Tears of the Sea
HERE for more information on the various stops. Most are reviews, but some have interviews as well. So far the book is doing well and I owe it all to God for His continued rich blessing on my life. Please continue to pray that it reaches many people and brings them into the Kingdom. The days are dark and growing darker and I feel an urgency to reach out to those who need God's mercy and grace.
The E-version of Tears of the Sea is going on sale starting Saturday for two weeks, for only 99cents!! So, if you know someone who would like a copy or if you don't have a copy yet, now is the time!
I'm really enjoying taking care of my granddaughter two days a week. It's hard work but I find myself smiling and laughing all day long! Could you resist a face like this?
Also, many of you already know I've adopted two rescued kittens, who are into everything! They jump and run and wrestle and knock over stuff and eat my papers, and well just create havoc in general! But they are adorable and I love them. Here's one of their rare moments asleep. Right on my desk, in fact!
For those of you who prayed for my husband's eye surgery, he's doing better and back to work, but he still can't see out of that eye, so it's a bit frustrating for him. Thank you so much for your prayers.
And finally, Today's Writing Tip
Details are important. A while ago I critiqued a manuscript from a friend of mine that had a scene set inside the cockpit of an airplane during a crash. While this writer had the fear and hysteria down, the visuals outside the plane, and the bumping and jarring one would experience, I totally didn't buy the entire scene. Why? Because when it came to the airplane controls and what the control panel looked like, which buttons they pushed, what technical procedures they followed, she only made general comments like "The pilot pressed the altitude button." or "the co-pilot adjusted the purple knob."
Nop. The POV character, which was the pilot in this case, would NOT think of the controls in that way. To make this scene believable, the writer needs to do indepth research on how to fly a plane, how to land a plane, emergency procedures, as well as what the controls look like and what they are used for and when. No easy task, I'll grant you. She may have to seek out an actual pilot for an interview if she can't find what she's looking for in a book or online. This type of research could take hours, if not days, and in the case of this book would only be used in a five page scene.
Welcome to the world of research. It's difficult, it's time-consuming, and it's often frustrating. But it's so so important to make the scene as real as possible. Yet.... you can also err on the side of having too many details. More on that later....
Have you ever read a book that was missing important details that left you dry? Or have you ever read a book with too many details that you got bored??
Have a wonderful Weekend, everyone!!