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Nothing Left to do But Edit

The typing phase is done. The pages of my notebooks have run empty. I’ve been typing feverishly for the past month trying to get that second draft (typing draft) of my wip into my computer, and now it has come to pass. The God Machine has been digitized!
I noticed how light my back pack was this morning. Yes, I had my computer in it, but it just felt wrong. Those two think notebooks that I would drag around with me everywhere I went, they were gone. Full of life and beauty, full of blue pen and red pen and folded down pages, chapter notes, wizard’s names, apprentice names, magic… now they are just piles of dead tree. How quickly the magic goes away from one medium and is transferred to another. A new phase begins today…Real, hard, destructive editing. This should be fun.

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I’m Giving my Regency Romance novel away for FREE!

I must be insane!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442

COME AND GET IT LADIES!!!

 

To Love a Beast

Fiction » Romance » Regency

Cover for 'To Love a Beast'

By Teri Harvey
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 30, 2012
Words: 99645 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476341767

Short description

Unable to stand by as Madison Fitzwalter’s future is ripped from her, Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

Extended description

To Love a Beast is a Regency romance novel about a young debutant named Madison Fitzwalter who is kidnapped by mistake. Judged to be a fitting substitute for his intended victim, Madison is blindfolded and seduced by man who awakens a passion inside of her the likes of which the sheltered innocent has never felt. At the end of her illicit night with a man only known to her as Teddy, Madison is returned to London manor from which she’d been plucked and left alone to face the scorn and rejection of the ton leaving her heartbroken and inexplicably pining for the mysterious lover who abandoned her.
Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, never expects to see this girl again after he’d seduced and released her. Charles is painfully aware that he should never have touched the chit delivered to his bed by mistake, but the young beauty is just too tempting, and watching the next morning as she is ostracized by an unforgiving Ton only complicates matters. Unable to stand by as Madison’s future i… (Read more)


To Love a Beast

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442#longdescr

To Love a Beast

Fiction » Romance » Regency
By Teri Harvey
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 30, 2012
Words: 99645 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description:
Unable to stand by as Madison Fitzwalter’s future is ripped from her, Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

Extended description:
To Love a Beast is a Regency romance novel about a young debutant named Madison Fitzwalter who is kidnapped by mistake. Judged to be a fitting substitute for his intended victim, Madison is blindfolded and seduced by man who awakens a passion inside of her the likes of which the sheltered innocent has never felt. At the end of her illicit night with a man only known to her as Teddy, Madison is returned to London manor from which she’d been plucked and left alone to face the scorn and rejection of the ton leaving her heartbroken and inexplicably pining for the mysterious lover who abandoned her.
Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, never expects to see this girl again after he’d seduced and released her. Charles is painfully aware that he should never have touched the chit delivered to his bed by mistake, but the young beauty is just too tempting, and watching the next morning as she is ostracized by an unforgiving Ton only complicates matters. Unable to stand by as Madison’s future is ripped from her, The Duke, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

To all of my Word Press friends and followers, thank you so much for being a part of the blogging community. I feel like I learn something new every day, and I have fun doing it. You guys are awesome! If you’d like to help me out with some free marketing, please re-blog this post.

If you’d like to purchase To Love a Beast for your very own eyeballs, here is the link again.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442#longdescr


On Smart Characters who do Stupid Things

You know them. You love them. They’re smart, witty, handsome/beautiful. They’re lives are interesting enough for you to devote countless hours reading about them. They are your main characters, and you trust them to bring you entertainment to the very last page.

But then, they do something so terrible, so vial, that you don’t know if you will ever turn the page, or even ever look at the book ever again. They do something HORRENDOUSLY STUPID!

Yes, I understand that the one horrendously stupid act may be the catalyst for the whole entire book and the story hinges on that one crazy mistake the main character made. Most books have this. Definitely most romance novels have this. It’s an elephant that I enjoy on a daily basis, but there is a line, so I beg you, don’t jump the shark.

What the author tells us and how the character acts can be completely opposite things. I’ve seen books where the author took so much time telling the reader how smart and beautiful and witty their heroine is, and then they make the terrible mistakes that are so out of character to her. Then the hero makes a mistake, and then the heroine again, and pretty soon its a stupid fest the likes of which I’ve never seen.

Before your character goes and does something out outrageous, I think the author should have the maturity to ask, would this person really do this?

I can forgive the one f aux pas that that gets the story in motion, to a point, but from that point on the hero/heroine is in a hole. They need to regain my trust and fast. I’ve read books where the supposedly smart main character would just do stupid things over and over and over again, and authors who even bring those stupid things into other books! Yikes! Nothing like a highly intelligent stupid person (yes they exist in real life too).

I’ve saved Maddie Fitzwalter from the fates of stupidity several times in my novel To Love a Beast” available at Smashwords.com.

In the first draft of the novel, Maddie attends one final ball in a last ditch effort to save her reputation. When all hope is lost, Maddie gets swept off her feet by a handsome duke. She has absolutely no inkling that this was the man responsible for kidnapping, seducing, and ultimately soiling of her reputation. She had no clue, no clue whatsoever. Forget that the night she was taken was the most passion filled night she’d ever experienced and that the man had completely stolen her heart. She just plum had no idea.

I didn’t want Maddie to come off the stupid heroine. I’ve read books like this, and they might be satisfying, but mostly they leave me screaming at the book.

With that in mind, I went in a completely different direction. When I did the rewrite, Maddie knows, gasp, that he’s the man, gasp gasp, that took her. She may be too afraid to say anything She may be too swept away to care, but at least she’s not stupid.

This destupifying of Maddie also led to several different plot twists that take place throughout the rest of the novel, and gave birth to another interesting character that will definitely be showing up in future books of mine.

Sooooo, don’t take the easy way out by making your characters do something uncharacteristically stupid. Think of ways to make them better for yourself and your reader. You may not realize how much a good re imagining will do for your characters and your readership.


Oh Notebook, Where art thou? Part 1

They never fail…They never send your work into oblivion by forgetting to click save, they will never run out of power and will never cause you eye-strain (well, not too much anyway) They are the ultimate hard copy. They are your notebooks made from 99.9% killed trees and.01% love…and fun chemicals, but that’s neither here nor there.

You guessed it. I am a huge notebook fan. Computers? Not so much.

So ,why, in all your writerliciousness, like you not the computer, you may ask.

They answer is quite simple: Eye Strain, EYE STRAIN, EYE S-T-R… you get the point. And I do get a lot of migraines too. I can work in a notebook before I’m completely better from a migraine. With a computer…I can hardly even have one in the same room with me.

With that, I thought it would be a fun Saturday project to do a history of Teri Butterfly Harvey’s awesome notebook collection.

It all started out with one… The one that in the seventh grade I’d decided would be for my writing only. Here it is, right here… It’s the first notebook I’d ever bought specifically for writing, and I was damn proud of it. I even bough some special shiny gel ink pens to use in it! I was going to write my first novel in this thing, and all my novel ideas, draw some pictures, gasp, become famous!

Well, I did fill that notebook up with my first novel. Sparkly and beautiful and very worn out by the time I was done with it, I loved the notebook. I didn’t even want anyone touching the thing. No borrowing paper from this thing. It was special, but what was I supposed to do when it was full. Buy another, of course!


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 4

Finally, I come to the last group of notebooks, the ones I am currently using. I really love these babies, and I drive 50 miles to the nearest Barnes and Noble to buy them when I’m out of paper. These beauties are big. They are heavy, but in a good way. They do not fall closed easily. They are solid and thick. I practically refuse to write in anything else. Here they are.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I have here…The two brown and pink ones at the end contain “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” The tan one with the wave on it and the little Jesus book contains “The Claiming” my book about the aliens. The blue and brown one contains “To Love one’s Husband,” the second half of To Love a Beast.
That concludes my notebook fetish, so now I’ll tell you a little bit about my process.
I write the first draft in the notebook. I type out the second draft and edit it at the same time. 3rd draft-10,000th draft, I do just like anyone else on a computer. Most of my days are simply writing days with my notebook, but I usually dedicate one or two days a week for typing out pages. It helps out especially when I’m not feeling really creative, but still want to work on something.
I’ve heard people say that if you work on more than one project at a time, that you’ll never get anything done. To that I say, who cares? I’ve got several thousand characters trying to claw their way out of my brain and on the the page. I enjoy every moment of writing them down. I gets done when I gets done. I’m not itching to be rich or anything. I just want to be able to write whatever I want whenever I want and have a kick ass time doing it. Now that’s what makes a writer! Now, go fill up a notebook!


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 3

When I got into college, I had a little bit more money for notebooks, so my notebook buying became a bit more interesting, but I’m going to get a little off topic here. I did happen to write one whole book without a notebook, and that book was called Edward.
I would now like to recount the very last time I ever attended a critique group. A very good writer and all around nice guy suggested that since a sparkly vampire, who was very popular at the time, was also named Edward, I shouldn’t use that name. Not like I named him before I even heard of Twilight or anything, buuuuuuut that set me off royally.
“Okay, so no one can never name their character, Edward again. Burn um at the stake if they do, and God help anyone who had named their character that before. Perhaps they can change their name to Edmund, or Eduardo. Oh, and we can’t have anyone named Jacob either, or Bella, and I really wanted to name my next heroine Renesme. OH, THE BROKEN DREAMS!” I was mad, and I admit I may have gone a little overboard, but I didn’t go back….
Okay, I was supposed to be talking about notebooks, wasn’t I? The silver notebook is my favorite of all my notebooks. My mom works for a bag company who does lots of business with China and that’s where this little gem came from. I call it my WTF notebook. On the front is this weird saying that is kind of true, but you wouldn’t want to go spreading it around. It says, love is what enables us to bridge the gap of disappointment when others do not live up to the expectations we have of them. Uh…thanks notebook. Just what I needed to hear. Ironically, this is the notebook I used for my first all nighter, and the notebook I wrote the first few chapters of To Love a Beast in, which took place during that all nighter. The rest of To Love a Beast was written in those lovely Tiffany stained glass journals. Yes, I graduated to journals! I bought two, and if I ever see another I’ll buy it on the spot!
The Fall was written on napkins and computer. I was working for Disney World. I couldn’t afford a notebook.


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 2

When I finished with my first whole notebook, I was on a veritable writing tare, but my first novel was far from being finished. Shame on me for thinking that I could get it done in just one. Then I found the deal of a lifetime. 10 for a buck! And these were kick ass notebooks too…unperforated, plastic cover, big fat lines. I bout died when the Wal-Mart stopped carrying them. Here they are. Yes I saved them too…
Yes, I saved all 13 of them all well written in front to back…same book by the way, and after that I was still not finished. In fact, here is what my collection looked like before I called it done Oh yea, that’s all of them. And that’s how I spent my high school years, slaving over notebooks for a book that will never ever see the light of day. Who wants to read a poorly written YA romance about an asper-girl who is afraid of the world, and the stubborn fool who is in love with her? Plus, did I mention that it was 600 pages typed out and they were not, I repeat, not double spaced. Good Grief!


Always On: What You Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

I have a system that always keeps my writing going no matter how writer’s blocked I get.
I hate the advice given that you should write write write even if you don’t feel like it. What usually happens is I set there pulling teeth for hours and hours and then I usually end up having to axe that section during editing anyway…or when I get to editing, I’ll remember the terrible struggle to write the scene, then I won’t want to rewrite the scene and end up with crappy writing in my book.
So, I do not write when I don’t feel like I can give it my all. I give myself permission to put something off until the right moment…BUT WHAT DO I DO TILL THEN?
Here is my system: First, I always have more than one project going at the same time. My Primary project (The Fall, currently in editing) My secondary project (The Apprentice, just about finished with first draft it’s about wizards) My third project (Is there a thirdary? The Claiming. It’s about aliens, still in the beginning stages of writing) (I also have been dappling with the second book in the series of to Love a Beast, To Love One’s Husband). So I’ve got plenty of meat on my plate.
So I’m working on editing The Fall and all the sudden I feel like if I edit for one more second that I’m probably going to go on a shooting spree…
No worries. Stop editing and move on to the wizards. There is a lot more story to write there, and a lot of stuff to type out (Cause my first draft takes place in notebooks).
Wizards not working out…There’s always aliens! or back to good ole regency England.
Still keep your primary project in mind though, and when you can go back to that project, do, and work hard on it. The other books will be primary later, of course, but its good to continue to be productive if you can’t work on the primary book right then.
I’ve always heard the rule that if you write too many books at once then nothing will ever get done. Yes, I believe that, but that rule does not take into account that I have so many stories in my head that if I don’t get some of them out right away that my head would explode balloons and confetti. No one writes the same way. Not all rules fit all people.
The trick it to keep your focus on the primary book while still indulging the other books at the same time (So I don’t go completely insane).
And if you cannot write period… that’s one of the reasons why my first draft is in ink. The type out phase of the books is very helpful. If you don’t feel like thinking, you can just type as fast as you can mindlessly (And still be getting work done).
The type out draft is my 2nd draft. I’m still changing things, still rewording things, still cutting off arms, and I find it more constructive than regular computer editing. The normal editing process takes place (for me) third draft- 5,000,000th draft.
That’s how I roll. How do you guys do it?


Dreams about work

I had a dream that my car got stolen along with my laptop and all of my books. I was freaked out at first, but then I remembered that I saved all my work on a usb. Then I started scheming on how to get a new computer. What a weird, but realistic dream!
This dream got me thinking about my writing. I have so much of it in my computer, piles of it in notebooks, years and years of pages. The most important pages of my life are still not published.
Sometimes I feel like I’m losing time. How many thousands of amazing book ideas I have severely outweighs the number of stories and books i’ve actually written. I have 3 books I’m actively working on right now, one finished book, one book in editing and 2 I’m writing. I feel like I’m at a
standstill on all of them.
I know I should be working on the book in editing, but the other two keep calling for me to write them instead. I’ve heard the rule that I should work on only one book at a time, but the pull to write each one of them is is so strong. By the end of the day, I’m thinking about all 3 stories at random and I haven’t made any headway on any of them. Ugh, how frustrating!
What do you do when there are too many fictional mouths to feed?
Finally, my first masterpiece is ready to be published on smashwords. I’ve got every single text thing I need to publish “To Love a Beast.” I only lack one very important piece of the puzzle, a professional cover. I wanted to do the thing myself. I’ve got the picture for the cover, I downloaded paint.net to my computer, but I have no idea how to use it. For God’s sake, all I need to do is size the picture correctly, put the title and my name on it and I’m done. It’s the last stumbling block and for some reason I can’t do it. Thank you everyone who has read my blog. Anybody have any ideas?