I’ll keep my mental meanderings short today, because I know that what you’re all waiting for is the Life List Club giveaway winner announcement …
But before I get there, I do have a question for my fellow writers, especially those of you who are working on (or have worked on) series-type works.
You can’t see it, but I’m blushing here. I’m about to admit just how far I’ve delved into my Song of Ice and Fire geekdom yet again. After finishing A Dance With Dragons, the last in the series, I tried to put Westeros out of my mind for a while. But the question of what was to become of a particularly well-loved (to me) character kept bugging me.
This character was left in the kind of dire straits that you’d expect to be a death sentence at the end of the book. On the other hand, the reader doesn’t exactly get the closure George R. R. Martin usually provides when he wants you to know without a doubt that your favorite dude or dudette is history.
That drives me crazy, because I’ve probably got 5 years to wonder before he puts out the next book. So one night when I was trying to distract myself from work, I went to the forums at Westeros to see what other fans were saying. I just wanted to know whether fan speculation leaned towards “alive,” “dead” or “undead.”
As I read, I was sucked into all sorts of long and very detailed threads about not just this question, but many others. Fans have been speculating and theorizing around where Martin is going with various plots and characters for a long time. I guess when there are years of waiting between books, they have to do something.
But that led me to my question.
Say you were a successful writer of a series involving all sorts of plot twists and characters, and you had boatloads of fans eagerly awaiting your next installment. These fans posted all over the internet talking about what they thought would or should happen next in your sagas. Would you:
- Totally avoid these discussions so that you wouldn’t get distracted from your own ideas about where your plots and characters were going?
- Use them to help determine where things would end up?
- Intend to stick with your original plan, but then realize along the way that your fans had figured it out, and instead try to come up with something totally unexpected because you wanted to keep the element of surprise alive?
- Read the hype out of sheer curiousity, but not let it influence your outcomes?
I’m just curious because sometimes I’m a contrary and annoying little shit. I think I MIGHT want to change things up if people had figured out where I was going. And I’m kind of hoping that if the readership is right in their theories, Martin isn’t like me in that respect. I really like the outcome most of the fans are leaning towards …
And now …. drumroll please!!
On Friday, the members of the Life List Club posted our first milestone updates, and each of us awarded a giveaway to a commenter.
The winner of the giveaway here at HawleyVille is Katie of Coffee House Discussions!
Katie has won a choice of an excerpt form my novel-in-progress or a copy of a complete short story, an interview here at Hawleyville, and the opportunity to publish some of her own work here. Katie, I will be in touch to discuss the details!
I hope you’ll all visit Friday’s post and use the links to the other Life Listers to see how their giveaways turned out, too!
Calling Diligent Writers!
Finally, in my writing-related online roaming this weekend, I stumbled across a contest I just have to share, especially given the mission of the Life List Club.
This year, the theme for C. Hope Clark’s annual essay contest at Funds for Writers is “Diligence.” Since we got started this summer, the Life Listers have already been thinking and writing about this theme as we work towards our goals. So I definitely thought this would be an opportunity for those of us who want to try our luck to write essays about our experiences working towards our goals.
What I really like about this contest is the fee structure. C. Hope Clark is known for providing writers with information about markets that don’t require paying an entry fee. In the spirit of that, the contest is structured with a fee or no-fee option. Those who want to compete for a larger monetary prize (first prize – $400) can pay an entry fee. Those who prefer to compete for publication and a smaller (first prize – $50) prize only can choose a non-fee option. A winner will be selected for each category.
For more information, visit Funds for Writers Annual Contest Info.