Friday, May 28, 2010

500 follower give away...

A fellow bloger: Megan Rebekah, on her blog -The Write Stuff-. is giveing some great stuff away, beacuase she has reached 500 followeres. so please go here and join to win some awesome prises.

thx for your support.

Monday, May 24, 2010



What should a scene have in it?

What sets a scene for you, what can a writer do to really make you part of the scene?

Like the wind blowing through his hair, or the smell of decaying plants, or the flicker of lightning in the distance, or the rough texture of the stone floor beneath his feet…

What really makes it happen for you, what makes reading a book feel real to you?

Thx for any comment you might leave… please feel free to add your favorite scene one you try and emulate one that you try and live up to when you write.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

What a Chapter Needs...

Let’s discuss what a chapter needs or should have in it to be considered a good chapter, in your opinion that is.

Should a chapter have a point or should it be just spaced out, so your reader has a place to stop?

Should it start with tense and end with a resolution and another beginning of tense?

Should every chapter have a plot point?

What is the ideal length for a chapter, such as page length that is?

And should a chapter have multiple scenes or just one, so the reader can focus clearly on what’s going on? Or does it not matter?

Thx just a few questions I was wondering how others would answer…

Friday, May 14, 2010

Word pronouncement…

If a character’s name is hard to pronounce, does that make it harder to connect to him/her?

And in a related subject, if a place or object is hard to pronounce does it have the same effect?

Thx for reading and any comment you might leave…

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Man did I really write this?

Have you ever read what you have written and said to yourself, “man did I really write this crap?”

I just finished about 6 hours of writing and decided to read a few chapters in the middle of my book, just to get a better idea of how to complete the ending. Man was I disappointed, I couldn’t believe how bad some of it was… how disheartening.

Have you ever had this happen to you?

The bad part is I don’t know if I can fix it. It kind of left me feeling lost or overwhelmed. I hope once I am 100% complete, I can go back and read it from cover to cover and feel better about it than I do now.

I just have this overwhelming feeling I need to start from scratch. 81k words of poorly written work can do that to you. I just feel it would be easier to write it better from word one, than trying to fix that mess.

I just don’t think I can do it all over again. The rush of nearly completing my first draft that I was feeling just hours before has vanished… wow I hope I feel better in the morning—I hope that I can forget this and move on—I just hope.

Thx for any comment you might leave—even though I have been here before… any advice helps heal the wounds of feeling inept.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Five Things...

So I do not normally partake in things like this but since I was (kind of) tagged by Jeff I figured I would do it.

Where were you five years ago?

1) Doing the same job, as I am now…

2) Dreaming of doing something with my life.

3) Trying to find out who I was.

4) Trying to be a better father and husband.

5) Hating what I did for a living and cursing every day of my life.

Where would you like to be five years from now?

1) Writing my 4rth and final book of my series.

2) Helping others become writers.

3) Start my own publishing house.

4) Doing something I love to do, not work in a field I hate.

5) Sitting on a beach under an umbrella composing under the setting sun.

What is/was on your to do list today?

1) Write…

2) Think about writing…

3) Read a few chapters.

4) Work out on P90x

5) Try and watch less the 2 hours of TV

What five snacks do you enjoy? (if diet didn’t matter)

1) Benut butter and honey on toast.

2) Loads of bacon

3) carrot cake with cream chesses icing

4) Glazed doughnuts

5) Crunchy Cheetos

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?

1) Buy every car I ever wanted

2) Take care of friends and family financially.

3) Open my own publishing house.

4) Travel the world on my private jet…

5) help out struggling authors… authors who deserve help that is, and help them find the path to being published.

If you read this, and want to do it yourself… consider yourself TAGGED and get-err-done.

Thx for reading and any comment you might leave...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

When to let people read your novel...

Revision stages…

What stage of the revision process do you give out copies for people to read?

My stages… or at least my plan so far goes like this: 1: First draft 2: story revision 3: complete grammar edit 4: then let people read the work 5: process the critics and do one final rewrite and edit.

And one more question: I have to come up with a few names, hopefully names that roll off the tongue and or catchy. Names for creatures such as these: Half-man half-scorpion and a half-man half-spider, like the body of the creature and the torso of a human.

Edit: (Names of the entire species not specific character names... thx)
Thx for your time and any response you might leave…