I’m a little lethargic today and, it seems no amount of coffee will bring me out of this stupor. Lack of sleep affects me big time when it comes to my productivity level with my books. If my brain can’t function properly, it becomes a domino effect with everything else—especially with my crazy urban fantasy/paranormal romance world. And since I try my best to get at least 1,000 words a day typed, usually when I’m sleep deprived most of those forced words end up in the deleted scenes folder—scenes I never seem to return to, but for some crazy reason am unable to completely expunge. Which has me thinking, for all you other writers out there, how many “deleted scenes” do you have, and do you save the material or trash it?
In addition to my love of writing, I’m also an avid reader of all things supernatural—yes, I’m obsessed with this genre and especially vampires! And I love having “extras” to read at the end of the book. A lot of my favorite authors will throw in a sample chapter for either one of their upcoming books or perhaps a previously published one that seems to be selling fewer copies than others. So when I was reading one of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series books and she threw in a deleted scene, I couldn’t have been more excited to read it, and once I did, I was glad she included it as an extra. What do you think? Do you like sneak-peek chapters, deleted scenes, or both? For me, it felt like I was getting more reading material for the price I paid for the book, and I’ll take either one. I’ve even implemented this method into my own books. Both Crimson Groves and UnGuarded feature sneak peeks of my upcoming releases—though I’m considering the deleted-scene avenue, as I sometimes have some pretty juicy stuff that gets cut. But that may pose a small problem with keeping my books at a mature young-adult rating. Every once in a while, I lose the struggle to keep sex or language at a minimal and of course, once the book is finished I immediately return to those pages and cut the scene before it ever makes it to my editor’s desk. No, all of those scenes weren’t written when I was sleep deprived, but oddly, a good amount of them were. Perhaps my thoughts are driven from a different side of my brain during that time? **sigh** Or maybe it’s just more difficult to stay within the invisible boundary line we create for our characters when you’re physically and emotionally exhausted?
I know what you’re thinking now: why am I hell-bent on writing in the young-adult genre? Well, I’m not, really. Once I wrap up the sequel to Crimson Groves, I’ll be starting my very first adult novella series and I’m super stoked about it. I’m still toying around with the titles and plot, but I’ve got a good 60% of it sitting in my slightly OCD-impaired mind, which must be the reason I’m able to keep my stories straight without outlining, though I do have a Cast Of Characters I draw out with descriptions and a little background info about each one. Otherwise I might forget that so-and-so has blue eyes instead of brown and his/her hair was long waves cascading down their back instead of the shorter, straighter locks with highlights that shimmer when the sun hits them just right. (chuckles) If you’re a writer you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you’re a reader this is only something that will piss you off and cause you to give the book a lower rating.
But enough about that; let’s get back to my point, which was what your thoughts are on getting extras—by way of sneak-peek chapters and deleted scenes—in the books you read. Don’t be shy; chime in and let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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