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Daily Archives: May 4, 2012

Today we have guest author Carly Fall visiting with us. She’s started things off  by talking about plotting vs. pantsing. Plotting and pantsing are terms authors use to describe whether they plot their stories out in advance using techniques like outlining (plotting) or whether they jump in, and let the story come to life as the characters spring to life in their imaginations (flying by the seat of their pants or pantsing). If you find how authors write their stories interesting you’ll enjoy Carly’s post. 

Carly is also giving away some goodies while she’s here visiting us. She will be giving away two eBook copies of The Light Within Me (the first book of this series) at each tour stop; a $15 All Romance eBooks GC for one randomly drawn commenter and $10 Amazon GC for blog host with the most comments (excluding the host’s and the author’s) at the end of her tour. Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to enter.  

 

Plotting vs. Pantsing…Getting the twists, turns and surprises

The never-ending debate of what’s the better method for writing a book wages on:  plotter or going by the seat of your pants?  And I think the answer to that is different for every author.  I say whatever gets the job done is the best way to do it.

I am a plotter – to a certain extent.  I do outline the story, but not in full detail.  I go over the beginning, the middle and the end.  I know the major scenes that will take place.  However, I have found that even with an outline, stuff happens.

Most writers will tell you that their characters begin to take on a life of their own once the writing of the story starts.  The characters get themselves into predicaments that were never foreseen by the author.  The relationships that were originally supposed to work out perfectly sometimes crumble, while other character interactions go much better than expected.

Book one in the Six Savior Series, The Light Within Me, was one of those books where the characters would jump out at me and say, “Hey!  Let’s do this instead of the garbage you’ve written!”  Hence the twists and turns in the story, and the crazy surprises my Warriors divulge.

Book two, Finding My Faith, doesn’t have the blatant in your face surprises that The Light Within Me holds.  It is more of a book about a journey, but with a much stronger paranormal undertone than The Light Within Me.  However, book three, which I am currently working on, is turning out to be similar to The Light Within Me with the twists and turns, and of course, surprises.

I like knowing where my story is going, but I also really love the obstacles, roadblocks and detours characters offer me during the writing process.

 

The Cover Blurb For Finding My Faith

 

Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot’s life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed.

Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet.

When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home.

As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.

 

An Excerpt From Finding My Faith

“You’re real.”

It was barely a whisper, but Rayner heard it.  His heart beat even faster, and he slowly opened his eyes.  Faith was looking at him.

“Yes,” he whispered back.

“Your eyes…” her voice drifted off, and she closed her eyes for a moment as if she were recalling something, then opened them again.

She smiled slightly and reached for his hand.  “My wise warrior saved me.”

He took it and held the delicate bones in his big paw.  Energy ripped through him as their palms touched. After the initial jolt, he felt a peace overcome every fiber of his being.  It slowed his heart and loosened his muscles.  The peace that flowed through him was an energy all onto itself.

They stared at each other for a moment, then Faith shut her eyes.  Rayner studied her face.  In a nutshell, she took his breath away.  She was prettier in the flesh than she had been as a ghost.  He watched her chest rise and fall with each breath.

“We have to get out of here, Rayner,” Hudson said in a low voice.

Rayner nodded, let go of Faith’s hand and began to stand up.

Faith’s eyes flew open and she tried to sit up, panic raced across her face.  “No!” she said, “please don’t leave me!”

Rayner took her hand again and got back down on his knees.  “Faith, relax.  I’m not going anywhere without you.  You’re safe now.”

He met her eyes, and for a long moment he knew she was deciding whether he could be trusted.  He gave her hand a gentle squeeze and said, “I promise.”

 

About Carly Fall And Where To Buy Finding My Faith

I live in Arizona with my incredibly supportive husband, our son and our dog.

I love my family, hiking, writing, our pool, and wine, and depending on the day, not necessarily in that order.

To receive my monthly newsletter, please go to CarlyFall.com and sign up at the big box on the right.  I promise not to spam you or sell your information (even if someone tries to bribe me with chocolate chip cookies), but instead I want my newsletter to inspire you, make you laugh, and let you know of super fun promotional activities I’m involved in that usually mean free stuff for you.

 

To visit my blog, go to www.carlyfall.com, or give me a thumbs up on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carly-Fall/135934843166283

twitter at CarlyFall1

I also love to see what you’re reading, so let’s get friendly on Goodreads as well!  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4877034.Carly_Fall

Here are the buy links:

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