Optimism is NOT Arrogance

Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Off to New Orleans!

Takin' pictures.  The third book in the series takes place down there, so I'm hoping to gather a lot of information, but more importantly a lot of pictures.  When you're investigating a setting for your book, and I do recommend actually visiting it, take care to notice the little things:  the sounds the birds make, is there traffic, what does the air smell like, what are the people like.  These details will help your book shine, because the best way to connect to the reader is through the five senses - not just visually describing a setting, but describing the other senses mentioned above.

Justin Cronin's doing a great job of this in "The Passage".  "The room smelled of dust and dead animals" for example.

Anyway, I'm off for fun and adventure, and of course, making updates to Book 1 based on Caitlin's suggestions.  I'll try to blog again while down there.

Take care!

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