Month: April 2014
Where I’m at Wednesday April 30, 2014
This book is really testing my patience. I didn’t realize how much pressure there would be by starting a book series. I know pinnacle features of the entire story; however, it’s taking more time to concoct the “fillers”—in between, such as dialogue, traveling, history, and research. It will need a lot of work, but that won’t be until AFTER I’m done. For now, I must concentrate on finishing the book, and then I’ll go back to work on cleaning it up.
The good news is that I finished chapter 21. Yay!!
Be HAPPY with what you write.
Over several years, I have completed three books, and am working on the fourth. Whenever I sit down to write, my mind escapes reality and watches a movie in my head. Not literary but that’s the best way to describe how I write. Eventually, I go back to reread what was written. If I enjoy the flow and intricate details of the story, then I will expand on the narrative. However, if the writing seems blasé or I do not like the direction the story is going. . . DELETE! It has happened on several occasions that I’ve erased entire sections because it was taking my characters in a different direction, or the storyline sucked.
You must enjoy your story. It isn’t about writing anything down and expecting everyone to like what you wrote. It must “WOW” you too.
Where I’m at Wednesday April 9, 2014
So far this week, I’ve been too busy going through the editor’s notes and fixing suggested problems. I have not written anything on The Omphalos of Delphi. Just because your book goes to the editor, it doesn’t mean your work is finished. Although I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I still have a long way before the book is completed. My first eye-opening experience was with The Sphere’s completion. Writing the book was the easy part, it’s the rewrites, editing, and assembling the manuscript for the publisher is what’s takes so long. By the time you get the finished product, you’re releaved it’s over! I’m getting there.
Several people, revealing their ideas about books or stories, have approached me. Their concepts usually based on movies or books, but in a twist of their own opinion, have taken a plot—maintaining the backbone of the story—changing names, characters, or places, but kept the story line similar.
Fanfiction is HUGE right now. Many popular fanfiction books are flying off bookstore shelves at record amounts. One of the most popular is: Fifty Shades of Grey by: E L James. James openly admitted she gained the concept from the Twilight series. A twisted, more adult themed story than the Edward & Bella vampire tale, beating out J K Rowling’s UK Amazon sales in 2012.
Another huge selling fanfiction book is The Mortal Instruments series by: Cassandra Clare. The books are based on Harry Potter, and many of the characters share similar attributes.
Even though fanfiction is gaining in popularity, not all well-known authors embrace their ideas being borrowed. Ann Rice has a strict label on her characters—mostly from Interview with a Vampire and its sequels The Vampire Chronicles. Some authors, however, say they are flattered by it.
Personally, I think if you add a unique twist and/or flavorful characters to the spine of a major bestseller—I wish you the best of luck. Although, if you do not have a creative bone in your body, but to steal someone else’s ideas without adding your own flare, then you need to find another hobby because fanfiction should not resemble plagiarism.
Take care my friends.
Where I’m at Wednesday April 2, 2014
Over the last two weeks, I traveled from Phoenix to Albuquerque. Even though I enjoyed visiting with family and seeing different areas away from my normal circumference, I’m glad to be home. Now, I must focus on finishing The Omphalos of Delphi.
Currently, I am almost done with chapter 21. I like the turns of events, but I’m anxious for the story to progress near the climax. The action gets my blood flowing! Still, there is a lot to accomplish and conflict to write. The Omphalos has three seperate, building stories; however, they won’t come together until the third book.
Some days, I absolutely love writing, but then again on other days, it makes me feel like I’m at a job.
Choosing a subject to write about.
I am not the kind of writer who sticks to the same subject matter. As it appears, I randomly conceive ideas that I have no formal education on the topic. Then I exhaust myself with countless days of research. But, the cool thing is—I learn alongside the reader(s).
1. Subject matter you’re knowledgeable on
. . .or at least you have some idea about it (unlike me…geesh!).
2. Themes you’re passionate about
3. Issues and characters your audience will love
Happy writing! 🙂
Take care my friends.