Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
UPDATE: The winner of the ARC is AlannahP Javier! Alannah, can you e-mail me your mailing address so I can get this book to you? If Alannah doesn’t claim the ARC by the 10th, I’ll draw again. 🙂
Remember when I said I would post a picture of the book I’ve been reading at the beginning of every post? And then I forgot? Apparently I like to lie. I will start posting book pics again–probably not with every post, but definitely more often.
In other non-lying news, today is the last day to enter to win the ARC of MATCHED! I’ll update this blog entry tomorrow morning with the winner.
And in REALLY FANTASTIC news, awesome author Melissa Marr is giving away TEN copies of MATCHED–four on her blog, six on her fansite. Click here for more information. She’s fantastic!
It’s so exciting when people get behind the book. It is kind of crazy to me that we still have almost five months to wait before MATCHED is released. I would wonder what to do with myself if the Boys weren’t so constantly, chronically busy/entertaining and if I didn’t have two sequels to write.
I’m actually at that place in the manuscript of Book 2 where I close the file and walk away for a month. I know a lot of writers do this and I do too. I build the time into my schedule because I know the book will be better if I do. I just get to a point where I’m a hamster on a wheel revising tiny things or trying over and over again to fix a problem that I just can’t fix, even though I know it’s there. There’s one particularly sticky area that I’m going to let sit at the back of my mind while I’m on a break with the manuscript.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t write at all. If a great idea comes to me about the book, I’ll open a Word file and jot it down and save it. I’m working on another project that I really like, and I’m always thinking of things to put in Book 3 and adding them to that file.
But mostly I’m just letting my mind rest. Working on one thing for months and months (I started drafting this book back in November and have tried to work on it daily ever since) makes your focus narrow and tunnel-y. Which is exactly what I can’t have if I want to go back and look at this draft and make it better and solve the bigger problems. I have to get out of my little book world and look around. Try this, with your writing, if you haven’t already. It will work wonders.
I promise I’m not lying.