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sequels | Author Olivia Boler

Author Olivia Boler

writing is fun
February 6th, 2013

Rinse & Repeat & Repeat & Repeat

A few days ago, I finished reading the twelfth, penultimate book in the entertaining confection that is the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. It took me about a month to get through all twelve—not bad. If you don’t know, the books are the basis for the HBO series True Blood. And if you don’t know True Blood, then you are missing out on funny, sexy, gory goodness! Of course, it’s not for everyone. I can think of a few grandmothers who wouldn’t be pleased to watch it.

The 13th book is out May 7, 2013

The books are different although the voice of the heroine, Sookie, stays true in the TV show. While I was reading the series, it struck me how tiring it must be for author Charlaine Harris to have to repeat information in each and every book. How many times did I get introduced to Sookie’s telepathy or the fact that she’d killed a major nemesis in her kitchen with a shotgun or a description of her gorgeous yet scary vampire boyfriend’s long blond hair and blue eyes?

Since I’m working on a sequel to The Flower Bowl Spell, I think about how much old information I’ll need to relate. I kind of want to approach the new book as a stand-alone, but I think that can be tricky as well. To use an example from a totally different genre, Louise Erdrich recycles characters and settings all the time in her novels—they are like real people living their lives on a different plane of existence, and Erdrich drops in now and then to record for readers in her lyrical prose when something dramatic happens to them.

It’s a fine line a writer has to straddle in giving too much away or not offering enough information. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to stop over-thinking and just write.

By the way, there’s still time to enter my Amazon gift card giveaway! Click on the Giveaways link above or here. The drawing in this Sunday, February 10, 2013.

October 31st, 2011

It’s Halloween, so what will you write tomorrow?

Hey everybody, Happy Halloween! What are you going to be? I’m going to be a writer. Who wears a pointy hat.

So, tomorrow is November, which means the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Write 1,667 words each day until you have 50K at the end of the month. Cake walk. Today, writers all over the globe are blogging about their plans. Can you feel the energy sparking? I can.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a new idea for my month of writing. I’ve been debating working on either the sequel or prequel to my witch novel. But there’s another story I told in movie script form a few years ago, and I’ve always thought it would be a kick to write it up as a novel. I attempted movie writing in my early thirties,converting one of my novel manuscripts. It was great fun, and helped when I decided to write yet another and very much needed draft of the novel.

Movie scripts actually make helpful road maps for novel writing, because you’re down to the bare essentials of dialog and action. Interior thoughts pop up in voice-overs, maybe, but overall, visuality is king. With a movie version of your book, you can figure out what might be slowing things down (i.e. making readers yawn and reach for the remote). There’s another script I wrote  based on a classic British novel, one I gave a 21st century makeover, and that’s the one I might tackle tomorrow. I suppose I should decide soon, but indecision is part of the thrill!

Fellow bloggers, have you ever written a screenplay? I’d love to know what you think of your experiences. In the meantime, don’t eat too much candy—you don’t want to be be logy tomorrow for the Big Day. Cheers!

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