The last time The Solicitation was in the Top 100 was on release day in 2013. It's like a lovely old memory returning when I saw this just now. Number 38 in family life!
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To be honest, once I write a book I sort of forget about it. The book's details, per se, as in, the words. Phrases. Quotes, Narrative. Not the characters. Just the fine details. Not purposefully, it's just that I move on quite quickly because of having two different series open. There are always tears once 'the end' is typed. Writing a book is a process. It's draining, cleansing and therapeutic. It also signals the end of a partition of my life, because I will have 'lived' inside that story almost exclusively (except for Tuesdays and Fridays when I run errands and cheat on the manuscript with other manuscripts). Still, it seems that with each book I learn of new errors I committed, bad habits, etc leading me to believe that with each book my writing improves. I'm told from strangers and loyal readers that they have seen each book get better than the one before. Let's hope so. Authors want to improve with every publishing contract. I want my writing to top the one before in the sense that I'm being refined. My craft should be getting craftier. Get it? Okay.
I had no plans to blog tonight, but in going back to Gap Year and reading some portions for my late night writing sprints for book three in the series, I was somewhat taken by the last chapter. I don't remember writing it. Is that strange? I was sucked in by the clear cinematic scene unfolding before me. Heavens above, how I would love to see this in film. Sam is so clear to me here. Her anger, pride and that spirit people have said they love about her, just unfolds. I have no recollection of writing this chapter, so it was like stumbling on it for the first time. Maybe it's because of where I am right now on 13 July 2017 or because I just fell in love with these characters all over again, but at the moment, this is my favourite chapter of my favourite book. So yes, I do have a favourite.
If you liked this excerpt and haven't read Walden School,
I encourage you to give it a try.
Chapter 23 of Gap Year
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