Leap Day GiveAway Winners

Thank you to everybody who retweeted something about the giveaway. Entries are closed as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) Apple Books / iBooks gift code for Wounded Bride via direct message (DM.)

The winners will be announced on Twitter, so if you’d like to know who won, please visit me on Twitter.

Writing Process

Genres: Part 2 – Fantasy

I think that the strength of fantasy is its limitless possibility. You can create places, creatures, and powers that don’t need to be real to be believed. I can do pretty much whatever I want, and I don’t even have to think, is this possible? Anything is possible, and that includes whatever story I want to tell, in whatever world or setting I want to use. That can be a good thing, but it can also be confusing. It’s very easy to make mistakes. Magic is allowed, of course, but what kind of magic is it? Who can perform it? How is it performed? If the answers to those questions vary throughout the book, then the story doesn’t work. Writing fantasy is a delightful challenge that lets the imagination journey far and wide, and come back with incredible tales to tell. It just requires careful revision and professional editing, which every book should enjoy.

Writing Process

Genres: Part 1 – Detective

On Twitter, I was asked why I write in my particular genre. While Wounded Bride is a detective novel, I like to write in many genres.

I’ve decided to answer this question in a series of blog posts, because I would like to talk about many genres, and putting them all in one post would probably get a little too long.

Detective novels have a basic structure that allows for a lot of dialog when the police are questioning suspects or discussing their cases. I like writing dialog, so that makes things fun, but because detectives have procedures to follow, it can start to sound a bit formulaic. That can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your view. I think that I, and perhaps other Readers, enjoy the comfort of watching their favorite detectives do what they do best to solve crimes, even if there might be quite a lot of repetition in the genre. I think this is why you rarely find just one book about a particular detective, and Wounded Bride is the first in a series.

As a writer, I get the same enjoyment of hearing about what happens to my detectives. Because I am usually a Pantser, I know very little about what will happen next in my story, and while that can leave me vulnerable to plot holes, it also makes the book flow better because I just find out what happens, same as the Reader. It feels like a more natural process for me, so for my first draft, I just start writing.


GiveAway – Ten Apple Books / iBooks gift codes to get Wounded Bride

Cover image of Wounded Bride by Hyacinth Grey

It starts on:

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.

Entries close on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.

All you need to enter is to go on Twitter and retweet something about this giveaway.

One entry per Twitter account, but multiple retweets are fine.

Following me is not required, but if you’d like to, I’m @grey_hyacinth there.

Winners will be announced on Twitter some time after 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 29, 2020. You don’t need to be online to win, but you need to have direct messages (DMs) enabled as that is how I will send winners the codes. The codes work in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. The code will expire after about twenty-eight days but the book will not. Reviews are appreciated but not required.

I will use a random number generator app to draw ten (10) winners. The codes only work in Apple Books / iBooks. Because this is a manual process, it is subject to my error. I also do not provide customer service or technical support for Twitter or Apple Books / iBooks.

Writing Process

A Lesson Learned about Outlining

My relationship with outlining has always been a little rocky. I’m a Pantser, so I usually just start writing, often with little or no idea about the story I’m going to tell.

When I decided to write science fiction for NaNoWriMo, I did a brief outline because I wanted my plot to stay on track. The outline was as basic and minimal as I could make it. I ended up adding things to the story that didn’t appear in my outline and I didn’t update my outline as I went along. I am sure my first draft now has many plot holes as a result.

Now here I am, contemplating the second novel in my detective series. I have a first draft and a second draft and even a sort of third draft where I’m moving chapters around and I may need to add things and have to find a way to keep track of them all. I think the easiest way to do that would be to sketch out what I want to have happen in an outline, find or write those chapters, and then make sure it all gets put in the correct order, again using an outline which I will update if I think of better ideas or plot twists along the way. Outlines really aren’t so bad, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to appreciate their value.