Improve a scene: Urban Fantasy story

I’m currently reading an urban fantasy tale. It’s all part of developing a stronger understanding of the expected Tropes in that genre so I can write stronger stories.

Anyway, the book is super fast-paced. WOW! As in if a story is supposed to have peaks and valleys, this one is all peaks. There’s very little time to breathe. I know authors are told to pace their stories and the action in their stories but something tells me breakneck tales are beloved by a large number of readers.
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Introducing … Invier

I’ve introduced Neith as well as Landen Sohr – two characters in Book 1 of the Nome Chronicles Trilogy, The Pursual.

As I get closer to finishing the publication process, I realize I haven’t shared much about a major character called Invier.

Invier is Neith’s boyfriend. (In my head, I said boo, but I’m glad I typed boyfriend, lol). He’s a stubborn fella, but he loves his girl completely.

It was a little difficult figuring out what he looked like in my head. I knew components of his features but then one day, I decided to actually figure out exactly what he looked like

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Picking an editor for my WIP

My current work in progress, The Pursual, is the first story I plan to publish as a novel. As such, I think developmental editing will be essential to creating the best possible product.

But now, a problem presents itself. One I hope is not unique to me.

How do I pick the right editor for me?

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A round of editing done!

The Pursual, Book 1 in my series, The Nome Chronicles Trilogy, has been done for a while but due to a few issues, I only got to do a thorough review over the last 3 weeks.  I feel so good knowing I got through this last round of editing. I even had a glass of wine.  I’ve battled the flu and other issues in that time but feel so grateful.

But, all that work is just a drop in the ocean of what is to come. I want the story to have a professional developmental edit and proofreading. A professional cover needs to be created, the story will need to be formatted for print and ebook format. Even after all that, the work will not cease as marketing and networking will be essential.

Oh, and did I mention that I still have to edit Book 2 and write Book 3?  All of which will require the same steps needed for Book 1.

Still, I’m happy to be where I am right now.  Only God knows what will come of all of this but I pray this writing venture all goes well because I feel very blessed to be doing what I’m doing.

So, take it away Linnithia Leakes –

I CAN DO THIS!

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Introducing … Neith

Neith (pronounced NEETH, like Keith) is one of the main characters in my current series in progress, The Nome Chronicles Trilogy. When readers are first introduced to her, she is a seventeen year old girl on the verge of taking an important step that will affect not only herself but several others. She’s a bit naive about certain things, but eventually gets a bit tougher and smarter.

I’ve spent a lot of time with Neith in my head and in my writing. Sometimes, I know what she looks like and at other times, I don’t. I do know that she is a black girl with hazel-grey eyes and curly black hair.

I used to have pictures of what I thought she would look like, but then the computer crashed and … no need to go back to that most painful moment, right?

And so, now, I have to start again. Find images that closely resemble the character I have in my head.

Maybe her?

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