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(cross-posted from Facebook)

Do you like reading about the process that goes into stories, or does it kill the illusion to know what authors are drawing from? I'm trying to decide if I should document the process of Starving Years in the newsletter. Stats say the folks who read about the making of Zero Hour also really explored my website a lot.


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Jul. 7th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in it. I'd also love to know the secrets behind your awesome blurbs...
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I notice a lot of blurbs back up too far. The start with, "Life is good for Jeffrey..." or "Jeffrey just couldn't win. His boyfriend was cheating on him, his dog died...."

I mean, they start with such a broad, broad view of the character's life, it's blah.

You could start with a question:
"Once your dog dies, is there really anything else to lose? Jeffrey doesn't think so, and he's got 100 lbs. of C-4 strapped to his chest to prove it."

You could list a few key elements:
A dead dog. A thankless, cheating lover. 100 lbs. of C-4. And one royally pissed-off truck driver.

That's all I got at the moment ;-)
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh - now that is helpful. When Ali gets on I might have to see if we can tweak the blurb we just wrote.
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I hope you spotted something you could use!
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I have to say that was the most helpful bit of advice so far!
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
A dead dog. A thankless, cheating lover. 100 lbs. of C-4. And one royally pissed-off truck driver.

Now this, I would read.
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I would too. As I was writing it, I had to keep repeating, "He's just an example, he isn't real."
Jul. 8th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
Again... He should be real. I want to read this story. So unfair to tease us like this ;o)
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Jul. 7th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I was worried it seemed like I was wanking if I posted about the process...so far it seems welcome enough.

I'm glad you liked the blurb explanation. It kind of made me want to tell Jeffrey's story. I had to remind myself, "No, he doesn't exist!"
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well maybe he should exist!
Hint hint nudge nudge ;o)
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'd be lying if I said it wasn't tempting. And I don't even like the name Jeffrey. (Jeff is OK, I just had a neighbor kid Jeffrey who was mean to me and abused the crush I had on him. Twerp.)
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
So you can make character Jeffery suffer a bit... It sounds like a promising story ;o)
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
I personally think it's cool to see where all the stuff in your head stems from, but I suppose it's a personal thing. Just from my perspective do it. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
You've all twisted my arm :D

I just wanted a reality check. I'd hate for people to get my newsletter and think, dear lord, does she ever stop talking about her own damn thought process???
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated by the process that goes into creating stories. I like to see how different authors go about writing and coming up with ideas. It wouldn't kill the illusion for me, b/c if something's well-written I have no trouble ditching reality to immerse myself in the fictional world. :)

Jul. 7th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear. I feel confident about adding some process-stuff without feeling like a wanker ;-)
Jul. 8th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I suppose if I were a writer, I'd be interested in all things to do with the process, but being the untalented person that I am, I rather like the illusion of it all. I tend to stay away from posts that spoil it for me.
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
I understand this in a sense because I'm so spoiler-phobic I can't watch a movie trailer or read a book blurb. I want to see the story unfold without all the good parts ripped out of context and flashed before my eyes out of order.
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I think it's very interesting to read about the creative process, especially since I dabble a teeny bit in writing myself. :-)
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
I find process fun to hear about whether it's writing, art, music, design (design is especially interesting to me, hearing about what the designers were trying to convey.)
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'd say that it is fascinating for writers and will-be-writers to read about the creative process - but probably not so much for the purely-readers. I'm not into spoilers or even exerpts most of the time, but I do read blurbs (too many bad experiences when I don't!). Josh Lanyon caught me when he used his 'example' characters in "Writing M/M Fiction", so he sold two (three or four?) books in one.

I think that if you label the writing-process section clearly then everyone should be happy.

The blurb ideas are great. Thank you. I think I have a blurb due soon. You don't have any simple wisdom about cover art, do you?

I think Jeffrey isn't just an example - he's a lurking character who decided to grab his moment to get your attention. I'd like to hear more about him too, and what he is going to do with all that C4.
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I do actually have some simple blurb wisdom. Pick out a movie poster you like and send it along with your cover art request form saying you'd like that kind of "feel." That will give the cover artist some idea of colors, fonts and composition you like. Those are three areas I think are really lacking in many ebook covers.

Damn you, Jeffrey! *shakes fist*
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
I mean *cover art* wisdom!
Jul. 8th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm all about the process stuff, but I have no idea if I'm representative of not.
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I was thinking about myself ;-)
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