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Romance Novel Prompt

First, this was in my inbox this morning.

PW Tip Sheet:Best Romance Novels.

Lots of choices. Including 10 Dirty Romance Novels.

So there.

Hmmm–should I be worried? Like in the novel FEED by MT Anderson?

Google’s getting me. Reading my blogs. My mind. Pretty soon it might write my posts for me.

Here’s your prompt.

#5  Your main character meets someone–who is this person? Does she like this guy right away? Describe him. Tell everything about him. In fact, tell things about him she will never know.







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That First Line

It’s almost time to evaluate yourself and see how you did this past year on your writing goals. I hope you’ve been good to yourself. This month we will have a couple of guest bloggers talking about goals. Here’s a hint: Both have first names. Both have first names that start with the letter “C.” And both are coolio people. So there.

As we end this year, I want to talk about the beginnings of our books. I mean all the way down to the first lines of our novels. The reason is Kyra’s book. I’m not so sure she knows what she’s done in this writing of hers, but Kyra has come up with a great first line–one that plays directly into the climax of the novel.

When you read that line, that beginning, you just think the author is being funny, and maybe a bit autobiographical. Then you see this first line works into the novel itself–being used once in a while–as a reminder. And because I happen to know the climax of the book, I know where this line is directing the reader. And the truth is, I’m not so sure I’ve ever had first line tie so well into the story. Sure they relate. They may even draw you in. But none have been directly tied to why the reader is reading.

The opening sentence of a book should be like a good pick up line. When you’re dating, you want a good one. After he opens his mouth you want to be able to say, “Oh, he’s cute and funny! I could spend some time here!” When you’re a reader and you open a book, you want a line that brings you into the story. “Oh, this is ____________ (tragic, hilarious, intriguing etc)! I want to spend some time here!”

MT Anderson does this, of course, in FEED, with that great first line about the moon that lets the reader know that something has changed on earth and we aren’t in Kansas any more. A good opening line is a promise of things to come. What an author never wants to do (but it happens all the time) is set up the reader with a false expectation, one the author can’t fulfill. That doesn’t happen in Anderson’s book. We get a whole novel that’s pretty darn terrific and it all started off with a terrific promise–a great opening line.

Unlike my daughter, Kyra’s book isn’t perfect–but it has a strong voice, a compelling character and a good reason to keep reading. You’re interested. What’s surprised me about Kyra is that she seems to know how a novel should unfold. Sure, she’s learned some of that from me. Mostly, though, she’s a natural learner. One who’s picked up skills from the amazing books around her. She’s let fiction be her best teacher–and what better teacher is there?

Just yesterday Kyra’s older sister, Laura said, “I thought I could write a book and then I started reading Kyra’s and I realized I just don’t know how to do it all.”

What Kyra has learned Very Well from me is how to complain. And about the very subject I complain about–those Icky Middles. Yes, she’s well into them. “Now what?” Kyra says when she wanders upstairs after writing. “What should happen now? I don’t know what happens next.”

Me either, Kyra. My best advice . . . keep going. A word at a time. And hopefully you’ll know how to finish up what you started–which is pretty darn good.


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Old, New, and Future Dystopian Novels

Kyra here.
This is my post where I rant AND have baby reviews. 
I’ve been trying to write. It’s been going badly. ickysickhorribleterrible. I don’t know how you people do it. I think . . .  yes, I think I’ve already said that.
Well, I guess it’s because I mean it. 

Writing is hard. But I bet it’s even worse writing a dystopian novel.
I’ve read four this month, and seriously? Just thinking about how difficult it’d be to write one . . . no wonder Mom has been so. damn. moody. these past couple months. {just playing ;P }

OK. So the first I’m going to talk about is {can you guess?} MATCHED, by our famous co-blogger, Ally Condie. I read this novel in July. But I’m going to talk about it anyway. 
So we all know what the book is about right? If you don’t, look it up real fast. After you do that you’re going to wish you had a copy. {oh, MATCHED doesn’t come out till NOV.} 
MATCHED is a dystopian romance. Let me just start off by saying Ally does a fabulous job putting us in this crazy world without boring us. I’m not going to lie, I’ve read plenty of dystopian novels where all the description just kicks my behind because it’s so dull.
Well, I wasn’t bored at all reading this book. And I also wasn’t confused. 
The book also just had some plain old beautiful writing. Ally had lines in here that made you wanna slap her. {In a good way. ha ha ho ho. No but, I mean that as a compliment.} 
Ally, how did you do that? Writing that book wouldn’t have been possible for me. It was complex yet easy to get through. That’s amazing to me.
You guys are going to love MATCHED. And when it does come out, we’ll read it for the book club. {The book club that doesn’t have any members, but WILL.}

The next book I’m going to {briefly} talk about is FEED by MT Anderson. I decided I wanted to read it again this week because I loaned it to my friend, Chris. After Chris finished reading it {he’s the first boy I’ve loaned FEED to who actually got through the first chapter. what IS it about boys?},  he sent me a text message that pretty much went like this:
 So I finished Feed. That kid is a real A-hole. I cannot believe how much I hate him.
 And I responded: So you liked the book then?
 He proceeded to tell me how much he liked the book, but that he was also bothered by it. Well, in MY mind that’s a good thing, right? The book made him feel. Even if it was an angry emotion, Chris still felt something.
 So I had to read FEED again. And all I can say is sheesh. SHEESH. How in the world did Anderson write such an amazing book? He made his own language and it actually works. How is that possible? If you haven’t read FEED get it now. But I do warn you, it’ll turn you into a junkie and you’ll have to read the book at least once a year, like me. lol

Isn’t this a cute dog?
The last book I am going to talk about is another one I read this week. 
The Damn Dystopian.
Can I just say my mom is the best writer in the world? ha ha ha.
This book actually put a tear in my eye. I didn’t know dystopian novels were supposed to do that.  My mother has outdone herself. After reading the DD I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let her look at my “novel” because that book blew me away. She thinks I hated it, but no, I loved it. A lot. In about a year and a half you will all get your chance to read this book. You should start preparing yourselves right now for it’s awesomeness. 

I guess that’s enough ranting. The point of this is, you writers amaze and inspire me.
Ally, I can’t wait to read your next book. {whenever that may be}
And Mom, you’re the best. I heart you.

The Damn Dystopian.


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