I’m so pleased to welcome back one of my favourite authors on the blog: Ashley Robertson! She so kindly agreed to make an appearance during my blogoversary week. She has an awesome guest post and giveaway for you guys! 🙂
To Outline or Not to Outline…
By Ashley Robertson
I’ve never been one to outline my stories, actually I cringe whenever those are asked of me because the freedom to let my characters flow with each scene brings forth excitement in seeing where they go, the choices they make, and who captures their interest. With that being said, I don’t mind some form of organization—a visual map to keep certain details straight. Unlike with the plot, outlining the characters is crucial for me. I’ll google pictures, face shapes, hair/eye colors, etc. and once I find on screen what’s in my mind, I’ll save it in a “notes” folder and type up the specifics beside the person’s name. If Misty has raven black hair that shimmers in hues of deep purple when the light catches it just right, then later on in the story she can’t have brown hair with splashes of red. Most readers will catch that, and a mistake so trivial should never be the reason your book gets a lower rating
Remembering places is also very important. If there are going to be several towns, cities, countries, or even worlds in your book, then perhaps jotting down a brief description of each will be helpful and it has certainly worked wonders for me. When I wrote UnGuarded, which featured several “made-up” worlds, I got a big poster board and drew them out, noting what they were like, what creatures (demons) inhabited each one, and the varying landscapes.
Reading back through your book is unavoidable, but having these outlines and descriptions can really cut back the number of times you need to read it. I must have read Crimson Groves, my debut novel, at least eight or nine times. I was so sick of that darn book I was ready to scream…actually I did scream—many times. And then rewrote it again a whole year after it was published and released version two (the final edition of this book, I promise).
As we grow as writers, we continuously get better, and it’s hard to not go back and make changes to old books so that they consist with our current writing ability. But I’m more of a forward thinker and I don’t like to look back (except of course, with Crimson Groves) because there are too many ideas and only so much time to explore them in a day. With all that said, I’m one hundred percent happy with all my books now and I’m rocking through 2013 with a whole new adult novella series that should be released sometime in the early fall. I don’t have the excerpt just yet, but I promise it will totally be badass. You can keep up to date on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter so you don’t miss a beat with anything.
What are some things that really piss you off when reading a book? If the author revamped it and fixed those things, would you be willing to give it a second chance and read it again?
About Ashley Robertson
Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn’t have a singing voice. When she isn’t writing you’ll find her spending time with family and friends, sharing personal training and nutrition advice via ExtremeMakeovers.com, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine.
Visit her website to learn about her upcoming releases, guest blog posts, and featured giveaways
Ashley is kindly offering up three e-copies of her books! The three winners can each choose one of her books:
Abigail Tate was a normal human girl—until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never-ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it’s with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler—except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own…secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby soon discovers that she is the one with the biggest secret of all.
Half-vampire Abby Tate is determined to learn more about the sorceress powers that were awakened inside her when she was turned into a vampire—making her a whole new hybrid species. There’s a group of rogue vamps banding together and forming a Resistance against the vampire governing body, The Head Council, and Abby’s newly discovered powers are the key to the Council’s victory. Now the Resistance will do anything possible to remove the hybrid threat, and with no other options, Abby is forced to rely on the aid of the Council, yet can she trust the very vampires that hunt for her human lover? And even worse, can she fight the unwelcome attraction that’s growing between her and one of those ancient vampire rulers?
Guardian angel Selene was so close to becoming an archangel—the supreme of all beings—until she fell in love with Cole, a forbidden dark one. Once she discovers her vampire lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her number one priority—Caitlyn, her human charge—there really is only one answer in Selene’s mind, even though leaving Caitlyn unguarded will most likely cause Selene to fall from grace.
But her choice to save Cole doesn’t come without a price…and now Selene is racing against time to not only save her dark lover, but find a way to keep Caitlyn alive as well.
With the help of a new vampire ally, Luke, Selene will push her diminishing angel abilities to the point where her very existence lies in the balance. Now threatened with the chance of becoming a fallen angel or even dying, Selene can only pray she’ll have enough time—and good grace—to save the ones she loves.
Blogoversary Post Schedule
- Opening post and ARC giveaway.
- A post with statistics about the books I read.
- Giveaway: A box of ARCs.
- Guest Post & Giveaway (Today)
- Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin and WordPress theme giveaway.
- Guest Post & Giveaway
- Wrap-up and final box of ARCs (yes, a second one!) giveaway.