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

A Reflection: #AmReading & #AmWriting Epic Fantasy

This is something I’ve thought about for a while. I’ve been writing fiction for the better part of thirteen years. I can recall the first few books I wrote (or attempted writing). It was a series called Fenix Griffon (teenage Luke was terrible with names). Its first iteration was a horrendous portal fantasy that ripped off Harry Potter far more times than it distinguished itself from the latter. The second attempt, though? Not so bad. Still very amateurish writing, but then again, that’s how all writers start out: as amateurs. Continue reading “A Reflection: #AmReading & #AmWriting Epic Fantasy”

Change the Story With Zoozil

Hi all. Today, I wanted to spotlight the ed-tech start-up I’ve been working for for the better part of a year and a half: Zoozil.

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Writing and Paying it Forward

Paying it forward is something I believe in as a writer. As a writer, I think we are obligated to provide a helping hand to those who are starting out, or maybe someone who is looking for advice. I am by no means a professional writer, but I have worked hard to hone my craft. I have taken creative writing classes, read books on the art, and listened to seasoned professionals talk about their approach to writing, whether it’s character creation, world building, or even how they break their story up. Continue reading “Writing and Paying it Forward”

Harry Potter: Midnight Release & Thoughts

Harry Potter has had a profound effect on my life. It was my childhood. It was my favorite thing. When the final book came out, and then the final movies came out, I was sad. Just like that, the story was done. Sure, there was Pottermore, but it never really resonated with me. I wanted the prose; I wanted the stories.

Fast forward to July 30, 2016. I work at a bookstore. I’m helping set up for the release of the official eighth Harry Potter story. I feel like a child again; the magic has returned. The part starts at 10:00 pm; I’m counting down the seconds, dressed in my robe, with the store key in hand, waiting to let hundreds of eager Harry Potter fans, old and young, into the store to partake in a celebration of all things Harry Potter.  Continue reading “Harry Potter: Midnight Release & Thoughts”

Parents, Let Your Children Read What They Want

I’m a writer. And as a writer, I write whatever the hell pops into my head. Just the other day, I wrote a flash piece about a necromancer who raises corpses by sneezing. I write whatever the hell I want. I’m also an avid reader and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm with fellow readers, regardless of age. It’s a great escape, it’s a great pastime, and it helps a child’s mind grow.

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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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