April 3, 2018
No planet. No hope. Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change. A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.
Guest Post–Dee Garretson
If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing
My very first attempt at writing a book was a historical romance with a first chapter that was forty pages longs and there was so much headhopping, it would make you dizzy to read. I thought since I’d read hundreds, maybe thousands of books, I surely could write one. NOT.
What I didn’t understand then was pacing, and the tension that needed to be in each scene to keep a reader reading. I became a much better writer when I learned to go back during revisions, analyze each scene and ask myself questions: What is the purpose of this scene? If it’s mainly to impart information, how can I make it interesting beyond that information? What is causing the tension in the scene?
This last question is very important. Tension doesn’t have to be life or death. It can come from one character wanting something that sets themselves up in opposition to another character. Or maybe there is a small ticking clock to the scene. The characters have to figure out something in a set amount of time. It can also come from one character trying to figure out what another character is thinking. Just as long as there is at least of twinge of tension, the reader will stay interested.
It’s also why a writer has to be very careful about incorporating backstory. You often need the backstory but you don’t want to infodump it. As a reader, my interest wanes as soon as I come to a block of backstory. One paragraph at a time often works, interspersed in a good scene I want to read. Three paragraphs all in one place may lose me all together. I’ve learned to break it up and spread it out.
I still have that draft of my first writing attempt. It’s in an envelope in the back of my file cabinet. I haven’t looked at it in years, but it’s still there to remind me that we all have to start somewhere, but we never have to stay in that one place.
About the Author
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.
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