Introduction by Dame Kaz
What can I say about author Jordan Summers? Okay, I’ll start by saying that I absolutely love her dark fantasy-romance ‘Dead World’ trilogy. The first book, RED, blew me away with its post-apocalyptic take on the genre – the world is quite science fictional in many ways, and that’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned. Jordan is here to mark the release of book two in the trilogy, SCARLET – which just came out on June 2nd and I’m happy to report that it more than equals the first book. In fact, I think SCARLET is one of my favourite reads of the year so far.
Ladies, Gentlemen & Dames, I give you… Jordan Summers!
(Oh, and stick around afterwards for news of a cool giveaway.)
There’s a phenomena that seems to be happening to a lot of the writing community. Authors are becoming internet writers. What are internet writers? When I say that, I’m not talking about authors who write stories for the internet or blog regularly. I’m referring to authors who ‘write’ around their internet viewing time.
Instead of writing their next book, they are surfing blog sites and following random links. They spend several hours making themselves ‘busy’, while the real work waits for their return. This might have started out innocently enough. They may have wanted to stay in touch with friends, promote their books, or feel like part of a community, but somewhere along the line something changed. The occasional drop in became an all day, every day affair.
How do I know so much about these internet authors? Gulp, because I’ve become one.
I’m really not sure how it happened. Perhaps it was trying to keep up with my blog or **cough**promo**cough**, but sometime over the last six months I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve made the switch. I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t missed any deadlines. The real damage occurs when I’m NOT under deadline. (Release the procrastination hounds.)
It takes me at least forty-five minutes to read through my RSS feeds. Yes, I have that many. The forty-five minutes doesn’t include the time it takes to leave a comment. It’s not unusual for me to spend two to three hours a day minimum going through blogs and dropping by various sites. That’s three hours that could’ve been spent writing, researching, studying craft, or outlining a book.
I’ve still managed to write the last two books of my Dead World series, an urban fantasy, a Blaze, a novella, and a couple of partials, but I wonder how much more I could’ve written if I’d used that internet time to write or work on craft issues.
Fortunately, like twelve step programs, there are a lot of ways to break this nasty habit. The easiest/and most difficult way is to turn off the internet. You can still work at your computer, but you won’t be able to receive emails or float aimlessly online. The second best thing is to get out of the house. You can work on your disconnected laptop (if you have one) or your NEO (or if all else fails paper). I do a lot of writing in a notebook because for some reason the act of placing pen to pad fires up my imagination. This works especially well when I’m stuck.
I wrote a large section of my first Dead World book, RED on a notepad. I needed to do character charts and arrange chapters. For some reason, I can’t do that on the computer. I need paper. I did the same with the second book, SCARLET. I had a character that I couldn’t get a handle on until I broke out the notebook.
I guess what I’m saying is it’s really easy to get caught up in the online world whether you’re a reader or a writer. It’s nice to be part of that community, but don’t let it keep you from writing or reading more books.
Jordan is offering one lucky winner a signed copy of the first book in her Dead World trilogy – RED. All you need to do is leave a comment on this entry. If you’d like to ask Jordan a question, I’ll see what I can do about getting her to swing by and answer them over the course of the weekend, but just a comment to say you’re ‘in’ for the giveaway is fine. This contest is open to all and closes at the end of the day Monday 8th June, so you don’t have long! I’ll announce the winner along with my regular post on Tuesday.