doing manuscript evaluations, and that's not exactly refilling the
creative well. I mean, we generally decide we want to be writers based
on our love of reading. And yet reading is one of the first things that
gets crossed off the list once one becomes a successful writer and has
less and less free time.
So we've started a monthly reading challenge over at my Goodreads
group. First up, it's Rowan Speedwell's Finding Zach. I read that today
-- I was supposed to be writing, working on Mummy Dearest, which has a
bit of fleshing in to do, but...that's kind of the cool thing about
this new schedule. A work day can be anything from all the promo blogs
I have due for next months' releases, or it could be working on a book
trailer, or it could be writing. It just depends because all these
things need to happen this month.
Anyway, I read Finding Zach and now I'm reading GhosTV, which is the
latest in Jordan's PsyCop series.
To start with, I love the little graphic on the contents page. But
that's neither here nor there.
Story begins deep in POV, clean, tight writing and...we're in. I'm
hooked. Jordan knows how to write and she knows how to tell a story.
Not always the same thing, but when those two synchronize, it's such a
pleasure to be a reader.
I've been thinking a lot about dialog lately and how many m/m writers
settle for cliches instead of genuine, interesting dialog that
establishes character or moves the plot along or simply amuses and
entertains. It's got to be one of the hardest things to do well. I hear
so many writers talking about how they love writing dialog and then
they offer some bits of their own as proof and usually the dialog is
just...not very good. The fact is, most writers aren't very good at
dialog. Most writers write place-keeping dialog and that's pretty much
it. Truly good dialog is so easy to take for granted. It's one of those
things you only notice by its absence. Anyway, Jordan does dialog very
All the dialog. Not just the dialog between Vic and Jacob, but
the dialog between all the characters. It's not filler. It's not cliche
or someone's painful idea of how men talk to each other (apparently
forgetting years of listening to men -- and other people -- talking to
I think the key is to allow characters to have interesting
conversations about stuff other than Our Relationship. And of course
that's one of the big advantages of writing mystery or crime or
adventure. It gives the characters something interesting to talk about.
And Jordan has plot. I do so dearly love it when someone can write an
actual plot that has more than two guys waltzing around each other.
She's funny when she intends to be, and her sex scenes are hot,
and...it's just a relief to read her work.
And this is only page 16. :-D