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Inner Editor

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on May 14, 2011

(Cross posted from Mad Genius Club – Writer’s’ Division)

This is the cover of book three of my new trilogy The Outcast Chronicles. With thanks to Clint Langley the artist and Solaris, the publisher!

I’m on the home stretch now, cleaning up book three ready to send to the publisher. Yesterday I was working on a scene when I realised I needed to add a new scene near the beginning to foreshadow an event and build tension. I’m a pantser. I have an idea where I’m going and a feel for what I want to say, then I go on a journey with the characters discovering the story as it unfolds.

I’m not alone in this. In an interview with Joe Abercrombie, George RR Martin said: ‘There are two types of writers – the gardeners and the architects. The architect plans the entire house before he drives a nail; he draws up blueprints, he knows how deep the basement is going to be dug and how many rooms there are going to be, where the plumbing is going to be. And then there are the gardeners who dig a hole, plant a seed and water it with their blood, and then they see what comes up, and they kind of shape it. I’m much more of a gardener. ‘ To see the full interview go here.

I don’t know if I could write any other way. It is a leap of faith, but I trust my Inner Editor to let me know when something isn’t working. And, after I’ve mowed the yard or cleaned the kitchen, the answer will come to me. I’ll know what’s needed to pull the story together.

For many years now, I haven’t been able to read books without seeing the writing craft that went into it, just as I can’t watch movies without seeing the art direction, the camera angles, the characterisation and plotting. When I do discover a book or a movie that makes me forget the craft because the story sweeps me away, then I consider myself really lucky. (And of course I have to watch/read it again to discover the hidden craft).

I’m beginning to think there is such a thing as the ‘story gene’. Sure you can learn all the writing or movie making craft, but some people just have the ability to tell a good story. Do you think there is an innate aspect to writing?

And just for fun – here’s a look at people and their on-line avatars.

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Cover: Power and Majesty

Posted by tansyrr on April 18, 2010

Since it’s cover appreciation week (and if not it should be) I thought I’d pop mine up here – Power and Majesty is due out in June, and just went to print this last week, so I was finally allowed to share the pretty cover.

I had a lot more input into the cover design than I might have expected with such a big publisher – though of course there’s a big difference between ‘input’ and ‘say’. I suggested the dress depicted as being one of the iconic aspects of the book, when we were considering the possibility of a cover which just featured a design element rather than an illustration.

The final image decided upon was of the dress and its wearer Isangell, who is an integral but minor character of the book – but the image beautifully conveys the right kind of feel and style of the book. The first ‘draft’ of the cover I saw was unfinished (they wanted to check it was generally okay before adding more roses to the frock – understandably!) and depicted Isangell in a plain slip. She was standing on a balcony, and while the buildings in the background had a similar gothic feel to the end result, they also looked more ‘dark, foreboding castle on a hill’ than ‘dark, foreboding city’.

Asking for a city background was my big request! We also discussed the frock, the sky colour, and whether there should be naked boys falling out of said sky. (You have to squint, but there’s a distinct possibility that the flying shapes in the background aren’t birds, hehehe). The balcony railing vanished before the final result too, which I was pleased with because there’s an important balcony scene with a different character early on, and it might be confusing.

The cover to me feels like a really good balance between the Voyager ‘look’ and the actual story in the novel… and eeee, review copies are OUT there, so very soon people will be able to tell me whether they think the cover matches the book.

Also, for all of you who did request naked men falling from the sky on the cover, I would like to add that I have made a request for naked men fighting in a lake for Book 2. Sure, the chances are not high, but at least I asked. 😀

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KRK Covers!!!

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on March 17, 2010

This is it. I am so excited. The covers for books 2 and 3 have arrived.

First of all a BIG thank you is in order to the team at Solaris for selecting Clint Langley as the artist. I am so impressed with what he’s done!

I love the look of all three and I love the way they work as a design when you put the three together.

Would you pick up these books if you saw them on the shelf?

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One step closer!

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on March 5, 2010

Here’s the cover of book one of the Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin. My editor tells me the next cover will be delivered soon, maybe in a week. Clint Langley is the artists and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the next book cover.

Meanwhile, my editor at Solaris has sent me book two ‘The Uncrowned King’ for editing. I would like nothing more than to immerse myself totally in the book, tidying up the little glitches that he has discovered, but life gets in the way.

!Whinge Warning!

This weekend I have to mark assignments for work (I’m an associate lecturer). I have to take child number 6 to the dentist. And I’m involved in organising a national workshop, for which there was a competition to enter. This is the weekend that I have to prepare the contact emails to the 51 entrants to let them know if they have been selected to be offered a place at the workshop.

I’d be flat out, without the editing of book two. Meanwhile, we’ve decided to sell our house, so I should be cleaning, sorting and throwing out, and painting the walls where the kids have scratched them, or stuck up posters and pulled off the paint, etc.

Why can’t I just run away from life and do nothing but write? Sigh.

Does life get in the way for you? How do you find time to write?

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