Beneath this title page are 192 other pages containing the text of my next novel, here for the first time on actual paper. I wanted to record it in pristine condition, because I’m going to be marking it up no end over the next few weeks. Because this is draft two, I’m freer to talk… Continue reading Draft Two Of the Book’s Done.
It’s a novel only half as long as its two older siblings, and I know it’s going to need a lot of work before I can, in good conscience, inflict it on human beings who want to be entertained, but the first draft of the new book is now complete. The rush of accomplishment will… Continue reading 1st Draft of 3rd Book Now History
I’ve just taken my new mystery project over 50,000 words, and since I intended this to be a shorter piece than my last two, that means I’ll have first draft soon. Then the revision begins. I already have targets in mind, but I’m sure more will arise when I read material out loud, stumble over… Continue reading Turning the Odometer Over Again
I haven’t spoken much about my new book project, and you’ll get no grand revelations today either. It may please you to know however that the first draft has just passed the 40,000 word mark. What’s the book about? These links will provide clues. https://vadoc.virginia.gov/facilities/central/fluvanna/ http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/ http://www.biography.com/people/charles-julius-guiteau-235814 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-confessions/
Fiction writers can be a twitchy, temperamental bunch, and the thing that makes us grow fangs even faster than being asked “Where do you get your ideas?” and “But, seriously, how do you make a living?” is the issue of control. What we lack in power over the real world–we’re usually broke and our collective… Continue reading On Plays vs. Novels and Control