Category Writing

The Mysteries of Life

Alright, I just have to give a shout out to this guy: Chuck Wendig.

My current manuscript is in the final final stages of fix, edit, cover the holes, etc before I try and shoot this baby across to an agent. It’s been through a beta read, critique partners, and (hopefully) it’s about polished out.

One item of feedback I’ve received is there’s far too much mystery surrounding this story. The reader is frustrated that he hasn’t figured it all out (plot, character motivations, etc) at around the 100 page mark. To be honest, that’s the point, isn’t it?

But, like all first-time novelists, I started to second-guess myself...

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Finding Inspiration

Sometimes all it takes is a quick search, a few lovely images, and suddenly your brain is alive with ideas.

While my stories do come purely from the nether-regions of my brain, I’ll admit there are times where I can see what I’m trying to say in my head, but still need something solid and similar to look at. It helps put into perspective the finer details of what I’m trying to create, as well as see who out in the universe might be thinking along the same parameters.

In this spirit, I’ve decided to use the banner space above to show inspirational imagery from artists around the globe whose work is currently inspiring my own. Please note, any images used will be done so under fair use (i.e. like pointing out to friends something that catches my eye while window shopping)...

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Pacing a Novel

Ever been in the rewrite phase of your novel and think “who would ever read this shit” while you bang your head repeatedly on your desk?

^Me… right now.

Over the course of the last several years I’ve discovered that my writing (when I’m laying down the first pass) has a couple major flaws:

  1. I’m a repeating Randy. Yes, I admit it. I just drop words and have a horrible knack of using the same ones over and over – sometimes even in the same sentence.
  2. I get bored writing my own scenes (even if they’re necessary). At that point I stop, write a couple notes, then go “skip!”
  3. I absolutely suck at pacing.

The first two I can live with since everything gets rewritten anyways. The last? Not so much. So many stories I’ve read in the past fall down on this issue so I know I’m not alone. *cough*(Sp...

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