This week I’m welcoming all out lovely person and VERY talented author Karly Lane to the blog. I’ve read a couple of her books now and they always keep me eagerly turning pages. Morgan’s Law sounds so fabulous and I’m planning on nabbing a copy in Perth this afternoon. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight? Anyway, without further ado (or rather more ramblings from me), here’s the lady herself…
Well Rachael has asked me to do a guest post on Theory on Thursday. Now anyone who knows me will be laughing themselves silly over the fact that I’m supposed to be talking about anything to do with theory and my editors are probably having a mini stroke at the thought!
I would have to be the last person qualified to give an opinion on anything to do with the mechanics of writing…so I guess going with that theory, it should give other writers who such at punctuation and have no idea what they’re doing—a confidence boost to realise you too can be published!!!
I don’t have any field of expertise but I thought I’d maybe discuss Point of View because that seems to be the only thing I don’t have too much trouble with!
When I stared writing- I had no idea what I was doing (even less than I do now!) I just decided one day that if I loved reading so much then I could write! Ummm…not exactly. It took a further twelve years to actually get published, however the one thing I seemed to do without too much problem was write ok, POV.
I think because I started reading a lot of Mills and Boon I fell into the habit of writing in third person and using both hero/ heroine POV’s and it became comfortable to do so. It wasn’t until North Star when Allen & Unwin picked it up that they asked if I’d change it all into just the heroine’s POV. That was the first time I’d been faced with changing how I wrote POV.
Then for some unknown reason I decided to try writing fantasy and wrote the whole thing in first person. Lots of books are written in first person and I can read them, when they’re written well, without a problem…my attempt though, was not well written and I ended up going back and rewriting the entire manuscript into third person.
It’s good to experiment with different styles of POV, but I suggest only writing a chapter or two and putting it aside before you write an entire manuscript…if when you come back to it – it feels right then by all means continue… but I can tell you now it’s a lot easier to rewrite a few chapters than a whole manuscript!
Wise advice about having a play with writing and seeing what works for you, Karly! I think this can work for genre and length as well 🙂
While searching for the wishing tree, Sarah stays in the small township of Negallan. It’s there that she finally has some time to relax and unwind, there that she finds herself drawn to a handsome local farmer, and there that she discovers her enquiries about her grandmother are causing disquiet within the powerful local Morgan family.
Will the Morgans prevent Sarah from discovering the truth about her grandmother? And should she risk her glittering career in the UK for a simpler existence in the country, and the possibility of true love?
By the bestselling author of North Star, Morgan’s Law takes you on a compelling journey into a young woman’s hopes and dreams.