LA Witt talks Starstruck and Writing Fast ~ Blog Tour, Exclusive Giveaway, Guest Blog

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank LA Witt for taking the time to talk with us today.

Title: Starstruck
Author: LA Witt
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star.

Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.

Prism recently reviewed Starstruck. You can find the review here.

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Starstruck, the first in the multi-author Bluewater Bay series!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Starstruck) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 9th, and winners will be announced on November 10th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

On Writing Fast:

(Or how quality and quantity don’t have to be mutually exclusive)

Whenever the subject of “fast = crap” comes up, my teeth start grinding.

I get where people are coming from. If you focus solely on quantity, then quality can definitely go out the window. It doesn’t help that when NaNoWriMo comes around, the battle cry boils down to “just write it! Who cares if it’s crap?”, so the assumption is that people are just barfing words onto the page without regard for what they’re writing, and the end result is unsalvageable garbage.

The thing is, I don’t think this is the case with most people. Because really, when you sit down to write something, your skill level is what it is. You’re a novice, you’re advanced, you’re confident, you’re terrified. Your writing speed isn’t going to change that. The skilled writer isn’t going to forget how to write just because they’ve sped up any more than the novice writer is going to suddenly become Nabokov because they’ve slowed down.

I’ve read a lot of people’s work in the draft stages, and while it’s rough – hello, rough draft – it’s certainly not garbage. Maybe they need to go back and reconsider some word choices, fix some punctuation, and quite possibly expand a conversation, description, or bit of action. But the bones are there, and the bones are assembled in such a way that what’s on the paper is the skeleton of the final product. Not a jumbled heap of bones that probably don’t even belong to the right animal. The story is there, the voice is there, and it doesn’t matter if the clavicle and jawbone got swapped around because that’s what editing is for.

Depending on the writer, there may be more than just bones, too. Some writers can flesh everything out, get the story straight, and write a clean draft in the first go, and they can do it fast. (Jerks.) Some need to throw down the basics—whether it’s a sparse draft or little more than an outline—to get it out of their heads before they go back through and color everything in. It doesn’t come down to skill level here—some people are just fast and some people are just slow. And that’s okay. Every writer has to find their comfortable technique, and that includes their comfortable, sustainable speed.

What annoys me is when people decide that one person’s sustainable speed is inferior to another’s, whether they’re criticizing the fast writer or the slow one. The end result is what matters, and the only thing speed really dictates is when the product is finished, not whether it’s good or bad. What it ultimately boils down to is that if you know how to write during your first 500 words of the day, you still know how to write during your last 500 of the day. And really, even if you do write some crap, then as I said earlier, that’s what editing is for.

I happen to fall into the fast writer camp. A typical day is 5,000 words, and I can usually finish at least one book a month. Sometimes two or three if I’ve been writing them simultaneously. It’s partly because I have a lot of time available—no kids, no day job, etc.

Partly, though, it’s just the way I write. If anything, I need to write fast just to get the story out of my head. Writing a book quickly doesn’t hurt its quality. Trying to write a book when I’m sick and tired of it because I’ve been at it forever? That can cause problems.

So, I write fast in order to harness the excitement for the book, and to get all the words down while it’s still fresh and interesting. Then I move on to the next one and do the same thing.

The quantity is how I maintain discipline. I won’t just write gibberish to make my word count quota—I still pick and choose my words, sometimes agonizing over a description or a paragraph for quite some time. The numbers just keep my booty in the chair. The words still have to be right. The story still has to work. I just have to get it out of my skull before the Boredom Fairy arrives and makes me want to stab out my eyeballs, because that will hurt a book far, far worse than my writing speed ever will.

So, in closing, if you’re a fast writer, write fast. If you’re a slow writer, write slow. There is nothing wrong with the speed you choose as long as a) you can sustain it, b) it keeps you engaged with your book, and c) you’re putting as much elbow grease into the process as you would at any other speed.

About the Author:

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

Author Links:

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

Buy Links:

Riptide
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks

Giveaway:

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Starstruck) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 9th, and winners will be announced on November 10th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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18 thoughts on “LA Witt talks Starstruck and Writing Fast ~ Blog Tour, Exclusive Giveaway, Guest Blog

  1. “Jerks” hahaha! I love this article. Basically we all do what we can according to our available time skills and talents. And I’m really pleased you’re such a fast writer 🙂

  2. Thanks for the interesting post. I like learning about how writers work. Glad you are a fast/prolific writer. The new series/book sound wonderful.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  3. We are all different – I read fast and cant understand how it takes my friend a week to read a book! If the quality wasn’t there, the sales wouldn’t come so fast writer means more books for us readers!!

  4. I have a favorite writer that makes me wait several years between books, and another that writes 3+ books per year. I love them both. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great post. It’s amazing that you can write so fast, but I can understand wanting to get the whole thing out fast and out of your head.

  6. The only reason I care about speed is how long until I can read a favorite authors work. I don’t have any bias on speed, as long as the quality’s there, what does it matter to me.

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