I've often heard remarks about story telling that a beginning is the most important aspect of a tale. But is that so? Because an ending can stick in a reader's mind for ages. Yet, I'm of the opinion that both are important for a story to work and unfold. I'm a firm supporter of a … Continue reading Which Is More Important: Beginning or End?
SO MY BOOK is finished. I'm satisfied with it. I've been submitting to agents and getting denied. Mostly because of word count. I've spent a few weeks whittling it down to something more acceptable and ended up with an edition some 165k words in length (original final product some 190k in length). But the more … Continue reading The Challenge of Consistent Writing
I started writing my book Red Star Sheriff roughly two years ago. I'm happy to report that I finished all the major edits to it within the last few weeks (though wordcount seems to be a sticking point on getting it published through a traditional venue--so I still have to evaluate that angle). I've been … Continue reading And It’s Done! …Sort of.
Wooo! I don't know how people manage to do it! I don't know how people manage to have a full time job (such as myself) and are able to keep up with a blog! I mean, I'm working on my book still so that's been keeping me fairly occupied. But to put daily work into … Continue reading Believe it or not, Yes, I’m still here
I'm in the endgame now! Got through two thirds of my narrative, rewritten significant portions of the story, cleaned up plot holes, and strengthened character arcs! I'm enjoying the process and pleased with how the final story is coming along. By the end of August, I think, all will be said and gone. Soon, I … Continue reading How My Book Is Coming
So, still working voraciously on finishing my book. The reworking of the third draft is slowing me down as I've found major sections that need rewritten. However, I think it reads far better now and will end up being an enjoyable read. At least I think so. Maybe that's all I'm writing it for: myself. … Continue reading Monthly Update
So, one of my least favorite authors is Chuck Wendig. Mostly because how he writes is a slow string of wording that dribbles on for too long and makes for a frustrating read. Let me offer up an example of what I'm talking about from the novel Star Wars: Aftermath. I will write the first … Continue reading That’s What He Said…
This is such an interesting question. I've seen many people ask it of established authors. It seems like a question that potential writers ask to make sure they're not losing their minds because this bug to write has bitten them hard. And it isn't a bad question. However, I think it's potentially loaded. Mostly because … Continue reading When Did You Know You Wanted To Write?
I've been working on my book, Red Star Sheriff, for the last year and a half and I'm pleased to say, proud even, that my third draft is going along smoothly. I've been tightening up plot elements and reveling in how much more life my characters are taking on. The story is becoming stronger and … Continue reading The State Of My Latest Draft
Over the last half a year I've been reading a lot of other writer's works. I have a method I like to employ when critiquing a work of literature (I wrote about that last month and what it means to be a critiquer, which you can check out here: https://cosmicfantasies.com/2019/02/14/advice-for-those-critters-out-there-who-want-to-give-better-critiques/). What I focus on is … Continue reading Beta Reading For Someone Can Be A Challenge