I have a question

 

So, I don’t want to make this a long post or drag this out.

The Problem:

A reader told me she’d like to know the reason for a conflict up front while the plot evolves, so I went and added some details, but kept others to prolong the curiosity of the reader. And then the other day, another reader said (after she read the adjusted manuscript) that I should add the reason for the conflict early on, adding that when she finally pieced all the pieces and realized the reason (about a fourth of the way through the book), that she no longer cared or empathized.

My question:

Would you rather have books reveal the reason for a conflict bit by bit as the plot evolves, or would you rather the conflict be explained early on, then see how the plot evolves from there? For example, the protagonist is facing a problem that resulted from such conflict. Would you rather know the reason for that conflict in one scene, or find out in snippets here and there throughout the book? Why is that?

Author Interview: Jina S. Bazzar

Peeps, I’m over at Biyai from RovingBookwormNG for an interview. Come and check it out! And readers, poets, travel lovers, take a look around, Biyai has an interesting blog.

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What one thing will you give up to become a better writer?

Jina: Now that’s a hard question. Let me see – my free time, I suppose, could be a fair exchange.

Come and read all ten questions: https://rovingbookwormng.com/2020/04/30/author-interview-jina-s-bazzar/

When in doubt, post a review

What do you do when you have all these ideas for posts, but can’t settle for one?

That’s what happened to me this week. So in lue of a big post with all these varying topics, I’ll talk about these few books I recently read (For a review of Soul Swallower, check my previous post here https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/2018-best-read-soul-swallowers-review/ )

 

Here goes:

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

 

Now, this was a lighthearted and hilarious read that came just at the time I needed it. It was quick, it was fun, and the writing was captivating from the start. I was so engrossed, I was turning on the last page before I realized it was over. Now, this isn’t my usual type of read, but after this one, I’m on the market for more romantic comedies. Any suggestions, please let me know.

 

Uprooted By Naomi Novik

 

This too was a great read. I saw the title a while back and read the word ‘dragon’ on the post and promptly skipped both the review and the synopsis, so not to spoil my read. And when I found the book available, I quickly picked it up. And oh, what a read.

There were some annoying parts, but I rate my books by the overall feeling I got and not by critiquing scene by scene, so this was definitely a five star read for me. I also like my fantasies in a series – a duology, a trilogy and so on – but although this was a stand alone, it was long enough that I wasn’t left wanting for more, except for maybe a couple more paragraphs at the end.

 

Don’t rush me; and Don’t cheat me (Nora Jacobs #1 and #2) By Jacki May

 

Well, I’m not sure where to start here…. Let’s try from the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this story: this was so the kind of story I enjoy reading. I mean, bad ass female with strange powers she can’t fathom? Big check. But… this story left me with a big case of the wtf. For one, the protagonist just wasn’t consistent throughout the story. Now, why did I keep reading till the end much less pick up the second book? Because it was alright and I needed to know what the author was going to make from this story. Because, despite all the inconsistencies, this story had so much potential, and if only there was a touch of reality and a little less self-pity, I’d have overlooked the contradictory parts. Like, the protagonist has been attacked and abused for most of her life and keeps mentioning – all too often – how lonely and afraid of the world she is, and then the next line – not scene – she tells herself get a grip and don her badass character and throws herself into danger. Huh?

Still, all in all, I gave it a three star and maybe, just maybe, I’ll pick up the third book and see what happens next.

 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah Maas

 

O, this one I read in july, but I’ve never gotten around to the review. First, before you go on with this one, let me explain first that I’m a big fan of Throne of Glass. This is more than up my alley, this is the kind of story I aspire to write one day. But, and this one is a big ass hairy but, I didn’t like Caol. I didn’t like caol and his attitude and judgmental character from book 1.

So back in 2016 when Sarah maas left us with that horrible cliff hanger in Empire of Storms, I was so jonesing for more, that I couldn’t decide on a book for an entire week. But I finally got my reading under control and managed to forget all about it until august 2017 – a month prior to Tower of Dawn’s release. And that’s when I learned that the entire book was about Caol. I was so upset, I was determined not t pick this one up, no matter what. But everyone said I’d need it if I wanted to understand Kingdom of Ash, so I finally read it. It was a good read, like all of Sarah’s books, though I admit I skimmed over most of Caol’s scenes. It just couldn’t be helped. The guy won’t go down my throat, not even with butter and oil.

 

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

 

Ok, I’m going to sound like a horrible person here, but I keep reading so many nice reviews about the discworld series, I was curious. Since I own the first eight books since forever, I picked this one up and decided to give a try. But, Nicole, I’m honestly sorry to say my eyes glazed and my mind wondered off three times before I put it aside. I’m still determined to know what the fuss is all about, so I’ll be picking this one up again – just not in the near future.

 

So, I guess that’s enough for today.

 

 

A famous author

“My brother’s got a few books under his belt.” The girl boasted to her new classmates.
“Oh, short stories?” The most cynical of the group asked.
“No no.” The girl hurried to impress. “They are all full novels.”
“Ah, he must cinch his belt very tight.”