July 19th, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

I'll take one too, if they're on the market...

fjm explains, on her blog - and ditto to what she says.

I WILL start the ball rolling.

I think my writing is a sensurround thing, and I enjoy supplying the telling little details which flesh out a story - possibly throwaway ones, if necessary, but a whiff of a particular scent or a character reaction to some unrelated scene going on down an alleyway that character is passing on their way to somewhere else entirely may nail the world for me - and if I can believe in that world I can make others believe in it (Well, I hope....) My characters are Real People who tend to pop out from behind the veils of my imagination fully rounded and fully fleshed, complete with names and backgrounds (a lot of which I know nothing about until somwething from that background becomes immediately relevant in which case the character might deign to tell me about it, as in, oh yeah, hold that meal, I'm allergic to fish didn't you know... [grin]). They live real lives, in the context of a fantasy world. They may lilve a WASTED life. They may die for no reason except that people DO - because of a mistake, because of an accident. Far from mollycoddling 'em, I put my characters through the wringer and I put in as much reality into the fantasy as the fantasy will handle.

I think my negatives are weaseling and wordiness (you don't say? look at the length of this post already...), and I am prey to both if I don't watch it. Mother once told me I could spend three pages describing a brick wall (with a page devoted to a single brick); this is probably true, but although it might be a valuable skill in itself I should probably curb such tendencies in stuff I am aiming at an actual, yanno, audience.

So, then. If anyone would care to tell me where I'm doing well and where there's room for improvement, I'm listening.

(And yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. I WILL be writing that pesky next chapter today.)
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

And heeeeeere's an announcement!

My publisher, Harper Collins Eos, now has a blog - or see my links column. Please bookmark and visit often - I am told they're planning to have, and I quote, "a bunch of fun stuff including interviews, Q&A,roundtables, author essays, guest blogs, among other things" - so it looks like it's going to be a fun site, and with PLENTY of great writers involved!

Come join the Eos party!