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What goes into a novel

What goes into a novel

Posted by admin | April 19, 2019 | Uncategorized

Research is the best part of writing a story

I’ve always felt that research was the best part of writing. Who doesn’t want to learn something? When a writer is creating a story, he’s not just flinging fantasies on the page. He’s spending a lot of time researching subjects on the Internet and in real time.

When I’m creating, I’ll find subject matter experts (SMEs) and contact them — either by phone, email, or via a contact form on their website. I’ve talked to scientists at NASA about everything you could ever imagine. I’ve talked to experts about solar. I’ve talked to medical examiners, cops, accountants, weapons experts, horticulturists — what fun!

At first, they may be reluctant to talk to me (oh, no, here’s another nutjob), but when I explain who I am, what I need, and give them a hint at what I’ve come up with so far, they open up. I explain that I want to be as accurate as possible so I don’t look like an idiot. Plus, I always acknowledge them in the book.

It’s important to know and understand the profession you assign to your characters. What is their everyday routine? What is definitely out of the ordinary? What about their job do they love or hate? People want to read more than the surface of the characters they are going to spend time with.

Where is the story taking place? Is it a real city/state/country? Or have you created a place that lives in your head? Are you on another planet, in another dimension or creating an underworld?

Wherever the story takes place, it requires a solid description that paints a visual picture the reader can see in his head. It has to open up and capture his imagination so he wants to turn the page. If it isn’t anywhere near believable, or they can’t see the world you created, you have failed to provide one of the above mentioned things.

Writers should never be afraid to explore all aspects and depths of characters, environments, or possible scenarios. Bring it on! Give the story teeth. Your reader will love you in the end.

Writing update as of 4/18/19

I’m still working on Love of Thol, book 3 in the Thol series. At this writing I just hit 47,880 word count and 219 pages. I hope to be finished in another 5-6 weeks. Possibly sooner. Depends on how long this story will run.

I still have not made up my mind whether to pursue the idea of adapting the rest of my screenplays (feature films) into novels. It all rests on The God Child. If I can’t fill in these blanks, I may as well accept the fact that the scripts to novels project will only make it as far as a novellas. But then again, it could be on a story by story basis, depending on how thick the bones are for the story to grow.

I’m chomping at the bit to get to work on Tilted, #3 in the Bonded series. And last September, I came up with another totally different storyline: One Drop of Blood. It may not be a vampire story.

Nutty Chocolate (book 4 in the Alcott chocolates series) is screaming for me to get back to work on it. I’ll get there eventually!

So that’s my lineup. I currently write and publish four novels a year. One a quarter is about all I can do at this point.

Tidbit of Information

I love Google. No matter how wild or weird my searches are, Google presents a myriad of things for me to explore. I can find charts, graphs, pictures, videos and articles of my desired request.

Then it boils down to making sure what I found fits with what I need. So far, the cops have not shown up at my door…

I’m on Patreon!

All the famous artists, writers, and painters had patrons. Help me stay afloat. Become my patron. I’ll love you forever if you contribute to my paper, ink, formatting and publishing expenses.

Please… hire an editor!

Why would you invest time and effort to write a book, then fling it out on Amazon when it hasn’t even been edited?

You might as well whack yourself in the shin for all the good it will do you.

My red pen and eagle eyes are waiting for your editing project!

If your book is ready to be edited send me an email. We can go over your details and I will let you know how I work with authors and how much I would charge for your project.

If it has words, I can edit it with one exception: poetry. This is not my expertise and I would be doing you a disservice to offer to edit a poem.

My Rack Of Books

My Rack Of Books

I hope you have a great week. Until we meet across the keyboard again.

Onward & upward!

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