On NaNoWriMo and Writing

I did a  post last year regarding NaNoWriMo and my current projects, so I figured it was fitting that I do something similar this year. While I have never actively used the NaNoWriMo website to keep track of my progress, I still do participate in the monthly event. My goal is never 50,000 in a month. It’s usually just to finish whatever it is that I am working.

shield-nano-blue-brown-rgb-hiresStarting  in September, I began revisions on THE FORGER. These past 2 1/2 months have been as challenging as they were fun. The opportunity to expand and improve upon my world building skills is always welcome, and I got to learn even more about my characters.

I’m very near the end of these revisions. I could almost call them half rewrites, to be honest. I ended up rewriting probably 20% of the novel, with a few more additions to come.

My reasoning for the aforementioned is thus:

-I wanted to redo the magic system, to make it more believable, and I think that’s something I achieved

-I wanted to remove the numerous ticking clocks I had in the novel. To give you an idea of what I mean, I had several instances where the characters were waiting around for a specified amount of time to pass before they could actually progress toward their end goals. That is been thoroughly fixed.

The biggest, most rewarding part of the entire process was getting the opportunity to turn my antagonist into a character I could actually root for, no matter how malevolent it was. I was able to give this character a past—a past that allowed me to incorporate elements from my previous project, SEWN FROM SEEDS.

Once I’ve finished the last thirty or so pages, I’ve still got a new prologue and two interludes to write. When all is said and done, I can confidently say that this is a book you’re all going to see on shelves in bookstores.

 

Recommended Reading:

Gardens of the Moon, by Steven Erikson

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, by Brandon Sanderson

The Language of the Night, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Duskfall, by Christopher Husberg

Influence and Inspiration

Every writer that’s ever lived has been inspired by something, influenced by someone, and vice versa. I always find it interesting to hear from other authors who and what lit that spark for them, so I thought today I would share my own list.

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A Cave of Possibilities

Establishing a writing career is much like emerging from a cave, I think. I’ve been writing for 12 years, and I’ve had short stories published in a few magazines (for which I’m very thankful), and one of the many things I’ve learned is this: building your career is like a very long climb out of a dark cave. Continue reading “A Cave of Possibilities”

Putting a Story on Hold

I’m putting a story on hold. There, I’ve said it. To be more specific, I’m putting Sewn From Seeds (or whatever the current iteration is titled) on hold and it feels like finally ending a long relationship that’s fizzled out. I feel sad, but this is the right thing to do.

This has been a project of mine for the better part of six years. I’ve established a lot of lore, written some fantastic characters, and banged my head on the desk in frustration. As I’ve said, it feels like the end of a relationship. I tried to make it work as best I could, but it simply wasn’t meant to be. At least not now. I hope to revisit the story somewhere down the road, but for now, we both need a break from each other.

There were many reasons for this choice, and one of the biggest was trying to tie the story in to The Forger. It was tough and it was stressful at times, and at the end of the day I think I’m better off just leaving them separate. It was a grand idea in the beginning; it was a fun idea, but I think things are better this way.

‘Til next time, friends.

Why Genre Fiction is Important (to Me)

Let me preface this by saying I have absolutely nothing against literary fiction (except, perhaps, the term itself; I believe all fiction is “literary”). I have read many fantastic stories in that category (The Silver Linings Playbook, The History of Love, The Hours, just to name a few), but genre fiction is what has always resonated with me.

But why?

There is a simple answer: because I like magic and monsters. Continue reading “Why Genre Fiction is Important (to Me)”

Seeking Writers for Entrepreneurial Fiction

Zoozil, an innovative children’s and Young Adult literature publishing company, is launching soon and looking for new & experienced authors to write our one-of-a-kind interactive historical fiction, centered on entrepreneurs.

*royalties, plus a possible ceremonial advance

Zoozil does more than publish historical fiction — We’ve pioneered a unique learning technology for 3rd to 8th Graders, and all levels of students, from the hard to teach to the already head-of-the-class. We publish interactive literary adventures in digital and print formats that engage readers in brand new ways. We welcome inquiries from unpublished authors – all you need is talent, passion and a story to tell. We’re not a content mill, vanity press, or self-publishing service…we’re a publisher of digital and print books that promise to engage a new generation in reading, and change the way children learn.

For more information contact Luke at Zoozil dot com and come change the story with us! When you write, please include as attachments:
–A resume
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Together, We’ll Change the Story™

My Problem With YA Fiction

Let me preface this by saying I really want to like YA.  I think there are probably a good handful of books that I would enjoy (James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, Brandon Sandersons’ Reckoners, etc.)  But—

Romance. Continue reading “My Problem With YA Fiction”