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January, 2015

2015 Edgar Award Nominee: FAKE ID

So, this happened this morning: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html

2015 Edgar Award YA nominee My debut YA Thriller, FAKE ID, was nominated for a 2015 Edgar Award for Best YA Book by Mystery Writers of America.

I have no words (even though I just wrote a bunch of them and will write some more–what can I say? I’m a man of contradictions).

To put this in context, this is the Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammy’s, for mystery writers. Now I know when people say that old line about how it’s an honor to even be nominated, they’re probably telling the truth. I know I am.

Winners are announced at a big deal, black tie banquet in April, in NYC. I will keep you posted as the time draws near.

Stay tuned…

 

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Live from the Write Cave: Writing Every (or Most) Days

Word Count It’s your buddy, Lamar. Broadcasting from my secret lair, The Write Cave. Some days the writing goes easier than others. Today was not one of those days.

I started my efforts around 8:30 this morning and slogged through, not hitting my word count until 6:30. Mind you, I took breaks to run to the post office, buy a new pair of badly needed casual shoes, get in a workout at the gym (still maintaining the 2015 goal), and grab some groceries. Yes, that’s a lot of breaks. And no, I wasn’t super-focused distraction free writer today, but I think that had a lot to do with words. Let me explain…

When I’m in a story, and I’m excited, the writing goes faster. When the writing slogs, one of two things are happening. Either it’s just one of those scenes that has to be slower to facilitate what’s coming, OR the scene is wrong. Today was the latter. I’d ventured down a path that just wasn’t leading anywhere. It felt dull, the pacing was off. What to do?

Delete, delete, delete. When in doubt…cut a bunch of stuff you already wrote. Maybe cry a little.

This is the importance of writing constantly. Write everyday (or most days) because a lot of that writing will be garbage, meant to be tossed. You write often to eventually get to the good stuff.

That’s all for now.

BTW, the blog is back!

Don’t forget, enter to win an ARC of my latest, ENDANGERED. Info Below:
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Endangered ARC Giveway

Endangered CoverWell, you knew it was coming, right? I’m giving someone a signed ENDANGERED galley a full month before the book hits shelves. You know the drill. Contest starts on 01/10/2015 and runs through 03/10/2015. 3 ways to enter below:
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