First Lines and Free Time

Can you believe it? This is the thirtieth day of my Daughter Am I blog tour! Only five days left. Oh, dear . . . what am I going to do with all that free time? As if I don’t know.

For one thing, I’m going to get back to writing. I figure if I tell myself this enough, it will sink in and I will actually do it. I keep hoping I’ll stumble on a new idea to give me a renewed enthusiasm for the story, but perhaps that idea will come during the writing. I’ve been rereading what I’ve already written so I know what the story is, and it’s different, but then what’s the point of writing the same?

For another thing, I’ve decided to follow the story of A Spark of Heavenly Fire in real time on my blog. I just checked the book. The story begins on December 2. Whatever happened to December 1? That’s when the original story started. Apparently, when I condensed the first fifty pages, I decided to leave the rest of the timeline intact. The book originally began with Rachel Abram’s death on December 1, then the jogger’s death on December 2. Somehow in the rewrite, the order got reversed.

My original first line was: “There’s something terribly wrong with me,” Rachel Abrams said. “I feel great.” I always liked the idea of starting with that line, but sometimes we need to do what’s best for the story.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I have to focus on this tour — there are still articles about Daughter Am I to write, comments to respond to, and the end-of-the-tour party to plan. As if that’s not enough, my party will run concurrently with the Second Wind Publishing new release party. Daughter Am I will be in good company. JJ Dare’s new book False World has just been released, and so has One Too Many Blows to the Head by Eric Beetner and JB Kohl.

Today’s tour stops are all wonderful, and that’s due in no small part to my hosts.

I’m in South Africa with horror writer Joan De La Haye talking about: Creating Interesting Characters.

I’m talking Over Coffee with Sia McKye about: Running with a Gang of Rogues.

And I’m on Bobby Ozuna’s blog talking about: The Story Behind the Story–an Author Interviewed.

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8 Responses to “First Lines and Free Time”

  1. knightofswords Says:

    Hmmm, I guess you’re not bothering with NaNoWriMo this year? 🙂 Your tour is starting to make me feel tired and lazy.


    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It’s starting to make me feel tired and lazy, too. Me? NaNoWriMo? I don’t have enough words to write a novel in year, let alone a month! Though I am doing NaBloWriMo — National Blog Writing Month. Since I’m doing it anyway, I thought I’d like company, but I’m too busy blogging to check in on the discussion forums about blogging. Oh, well . . .

  2. Joyce Norman Says:

    You could be in Brazil with “Coming Together. Great place to be!

    Joyce Norman

  3. Sia McKye Says:

    I like that first line. No wonder movies do *outtakes*. 🙂

    Pat, you aren’t going to know what to do with yourself, once this tour is over. Talk about readjustment time.

    I hope you get back to your writing. I’m curious to see what comes next.

    Happy writing!

  4. ISREAl Says:

    thanks for the blog…I will try to get my credit card back and read your book..

  5. ISREAl Says:

    um liked your blog

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