Thursday, March 22, 2007

Subplots, Books, and Thursday Thirteen #8

I have a question. I want to ‘dig deep’ in the Big N, but … how deep is too deep? I always worry I’m getting too dark and depressing.

Oh … and another question. Sub-plots? In a novel vs. a novella, I’m thinking the sub-plot will need to be richer and more in depth. And will probably have to be sub-plots instead of sub-plot. Any wisdom on sub-plots?

Any thoughts? Feel free to leave a ten page treatise. *grins* Or just a word of wisdom.

My heart is in the story now. It takes awhile for that to happen, you know? But now I feel my character like I’m her. Boy, it’s going great. I’m in the exhilarating stage of the novel. :-)

Thirteen Books to Win!

  • 1. The Cleaner, by Brett Battles: To enter, go to his blog and comment on the best book you’ve read in the last year, with a link to where his other readers can find it. (By the way, I’ve read this book; well-worth a read, that’s for sure!)
  • 2. The Mark, by Jason Pinter: To win, comment on his blog the flimsiest reason why you should win the book.
  • 3. Kiss Her Goodbye, by Robert Gregory Browne: Just enter your name and email on his blog.
  • 4. Fear No Evil, by Allison Brennan: Go to Murder She Writes and comment this week, and you can win an early copy!
  • 5. The Perfect Stranger, by Allison Kent: Shiloh Walker is running it on her blog. All you have to do is describe what would be your perfect stranger.
  • 6. Seraphim, by Shelby Reed: Just join in the discussion at Shiloh Walker’s blog! Isn’t she generous?
  • 7. The Penny Tree, by Holly Kennedy: Enter by March 23rd; details at her blog.
  • 8. Stealing the Dragon, by Tim Maleeny: I raved about this book a couple weeks ago; remember the female ninja assassin? Well, you can win the book at David J. Montgomery’s blog. You can also win this book at Author Buzz.
  • 9. The Wayward Muse, by Elizabeth Hickey: Just go to the Great American Book Giveaway and enter your email!
  • 10. Portrait of an Unknown Woman, by Vanora Bennett: Just go to the Great American Book Giveaway and enter your email!
  • 11. The Last Spymaster, by Gayle Lynds: A spy story! You know how I love them! Win this book at Author Buzz, too.
  • 12. Count to Ten, by Karen Rose: Also at Author Buzz.
  • 13. How about $250 worth of books? Go to Powell’s and scroll down to sign up for a newsletter in order to be entered.

Good Luck!

31 bonus scribbles:

Rhonda Stapleton 3/22/2007 05:44:00 PM  

SWEET!!! Thanks for the hookup... :D

As far as subplots go, good question. To me, novels have the luxury of bigger subplots or multiple subplots. Novellas and short stories are more tightly focused, so you don't really have room for a bigger one, if you can even fit any in at all. :D

Susan Helene Gottfried 3/22/2007 06:03:00 PM  

NO!!! I am literally drowning in books. Literally.

And I want to go enter all these contests now!!

Evil, evil scribbler.

Happy TT!

Kuanyin 3/22/2007 06:04:00 PM  

This was a very generous TT! Mahalo Nui Loa!

amy 3/22/2007 06:08:00 PM  

neat list! I have been having a contest and giving away Christian fiction books and it ends April 1st..I love to participate in things like this..thanks for sharing

Amy Ruttan 3/22/2007 06:42:00 PM  

My TBR list is way way too huge. i agree with Susan, bad scribbler! ;)

Happy TT, thanks for dropping by mine.

Anonymous,  3/22/2007 06:51:00 PM  

Neat-o -- thanks for the links! Books! Must... get... more... books! 8-)))

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Wylie Kinson 3/22/2007 07:06:00 PM  

Ahh... sub-plots make my brain ache. When you get them figured out, please write a Subplots for Dummies book, okay?

FRIGGA 3/22/2007 07:27:00 PM  

Wow, that's a lot of info you put together there, THANKS!

Amelia Elias 3/22/2007 07:27:00 PM  

Free books! Score. I'm so there. Thanks!

Therese 3/22/2007 08:07:00 PM  

I'm so excited to hear you're really getting engrossed in your novel!

Here's my view on the questions you pose:

How deep is too deep? Too deep is only if/when you slow the story down with minutiae.

Sub-plots in a novel--depends on the novel. One exceptionally rich one might be enough; it, or they, should grow integrally out of the story, IMO, rather than be set up by any sort of formula.

Keep up the happy work!

Christine 3/22/2007 08:12:00 PM  

This is awesome! I'm going to go off right now...


Julia 3/22/2007 08:19:00 PM  

Oh awesome! More books to win - thanks for this :)

Thanks for visiting my blog - have good T13!

christine 3/22/2007 08:36:00 PM  

More books to win! Thanks for visiting for my blog.

Brett Battles 3/22/2007 08:56:00 PM  

Thanks for linking to my contest, and the kind words about THE CLEANER!! ( always!...)

Vicky 3/22/2007 09:05:00 PM  

Awesome TT! I'm good with anything free... especially books. I don't know what everyone is complaining about... I can make room on my bookshelves! :)

Shelly Kneupper Tucker 3/22/2007 09:42:00 PM  

Are any of them giving away bookshelves? That's a great list. I need to tell Dawn at Frugal For Life to link to you!

L^2 3/22/2007 09:43:00 PM  

Wow, I want to win some free books! I'm going to have to look into all of these now. Thanks for stopping by my TT. :-)

Alyssa Goodnight 3/22/2007 10:17:00 PM  

Wow, you are certainly in the know! Thanks for posting all these opportunities.

Happy T13!

Gattina 3/22/2007 10:34:00 PM  

I have to comment : nice list !
(because I don't know any of these books, lol)

Kristi 3/22/2007 10:38:00 PM  

Great List!!! I've read several of them.

thanks for visiting my blog...come back soon! :)

Daisy Dexter Dobbs 3/22/2007 10:43:00 PM  

Loved this book list and loved the mention of Powell's. Since we moved form Chicago to Portland, OR, it's been my absolute favorite place to shop!

This was great. Thanks for stopping by to visit my first TT!

Indigo 3/22/2007 10:48:00 PM  

Oh my gosh, books to win! I listed 13 books I'd like to read today, but I'd love to win books too!

Joan 3/22/2007 10:50:00 PM  

Thanks for the tips. Now I'll be sitting here at the computer for another hour or two!! Thanks for coming by my blog.

she 3/22/2007 11:15:00 PM  

Thank you thank you thank you for all the tips. I need lots of books to beat Susan's total of books read this year *grin*

Miscellaneous-Mum 3/22/2007 11:58:00 PM  

What a great list!!!!! Must've taken you a while to put together. Thx for visiting me :)

Robin 3/23/2007 02:17:00 AM  

I won't enter because I'm out of the US (postage would be horrible), but I'll check some of these out for ideas.

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous,  3/23/2007 06:20:00 AM  

Thanks for the links to have a chance to win! This is awesome.

Love to read!

Darla 3/23/2007 12:09:00 PM  

Oh, very cool! Not that I really NEED any more books, mind you. :)

luckylady02 3/24/2007 06:28:00 AM  

You make it difficult to leave a comment - still trying to figure out the code from Linky's. Neat Site.

Sophisticated Writer,  3/25/2007 06:34:00 AM  

I'll go to check them out right NOW. GREAT TT list! (I'm so late :( Take care.

Jill 3/26/2007 04:04:00 PM  

I adore reading, but I hate to do it in english, because I take like 2 or 3 times the time I take in french... Do you think I could have some in french??