Friday, August 27, 2010

I hate it...

I hate it when a book just ends—like, just stops, and you have to wait until the next book to hopefully get a solid conclusion.

But after the second book… in let’s say a 4 book series, you find the second book just stops, no conclusion at all, no satisfying end of any kind, no-doubt you’re going to have to wait clear to the end of the last book to hopefully receive the ending that made reading 4 books worthwhile.

No matter what, I feel it is vital to give the reader a bone and end the book in some way… have some closer and then open the dramatic beginning for the next book, what’s so wrong with that?

The more series I read the more I see this happening, I don’t care what the reason is, give me something at the end so I feel I spent my time doing something constructive… who wants to wait until the next book just to get some small piece of closer or satisfaction.

Am I alone here? What do you think? ... What else really bugs you about—whatever?

Thx for any comment you might leave!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Thx for stopping by... my answers are in ( )

If you ever… I mean, when you get published—who will be the first or most important person you give the first copy to? (That’s a hard one, probably my dad, since my wife will have read it before it goes to the publisher.)

What is your preference… past or present tense? In reading or writing. (past tense for me in both, but I can handle it in what I read if the story works.)

Read any good books lately? (Stephen King’s Cell... the hunger games 1 through 2, can't remeber her name and too lazy to get up and check.)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It’s been awhile


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, the main reason is I have been spinning my wheels. The worst part about revising your work is the feeling of work sets in hard and heavy. It’s like reading the same book, or watching the same movie over and over, or it’s like going to work doing the same thing every day and not getting the joy of creating something new and fresh.

I really appreciate all your support; it has helped me more than I can say.

I am making progress; it’s just slow and tedious.

The only way to learn is by doing, hopefully it will show in my final draft… which seems a life time away.

It’s sad when you would rather mow the lawn than write.

I need to find a way to make revision fun. During the first draft I could pump out 10 to 15 pages easily, now it might take a whole night to do one page of revision.

Don’t want to sound like a wimp, it just helps to get it out.

I know you all know what I am talking about.

Thx for any comment you might leave, your advice lifts me up.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cover to cover.


I just finished reading my book from cover to cover. I skipped a lot a things that needed fixing, I just wanted to get a sense for what I have done, where it was going, how I got there, did it move, did it feel and most of all was it worth trying to fix.

Without a doubt I feel it is worth trying to make flow and fit together to make an adequate book. For awhile there I was thinking it wasn’t worth the effort. I was worried I was letting the love for my story and characters were holding me to a failed idea.

Thankfully now I see I need to fully invest myself in this book. I see it is what I wanted it to be—I just need to trim the edges and eliminate the parasites dragging my story down.

I was very surprised to read some of the material I have composed, it was quite well, and is proof the muse does exist. I couldn’t compose stuff like that on my own. When I get in the zone it’s this out of body experience, where I experience a journey from who knows where.

I love seeing the story as I write, I just hate trying to weed out the normally me parts.

Thx so much for your comments, your help has led me down a road to where I see my goal clearly. A place where I know i belong.

Soon I’ll be starting the dreaded synopsis. It’s pretty sad when you have to sell a 300+ page book in three paragraphs.

I am afraid my learning curve just hit a big bend.

thx for any comment you might leave...