Tag: novel

Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I don’t write a ton of stuff on literary craft here. (I haven’t blogged a whole lot period in the last couple of months, I know.) But the Twitter chat I had with Ann B. Gelder, who spends a lot more time blogging about craft than I do, should prove of some interest to those who make the enormous life mistake of choosing novel-writing as a career. (Seriously, read her blog. It’s full of good stuff.)

So, what about the rest of you? Outline or no outline? Know that there is only one correct answer, and I will judge you harshly if you get it wrong.

I Started Writing My Book About A Mass Shooting 13 Mass Shootings Ago

Yesterday, I checked on when I’d started working on my new book. Turns out that its inception date, under the title The Uninvited Guest (the first and least inspired of its many titles), is March 3rd, 2014. The novel doesn’t depend on suspense, so it’s not a spoiler to tell you that the story climaxes with a mass shooting at Old Cabell Hall on the University of Virginia campus.

Since I started working on this book, here are the real life mass shootings that have happened in the U.S. (thanks to Mother Jones):

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I hate to imagine how much longer this list will be before I’m done.

If you feel like making yourself useful, start by donating to Equality Florida’s fund for the victims, here.

Rolling the Odometer Over

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/