Thoughts on the Craft

Thoughts on the Craft

There are times where I question whether or not I'm a writer.

After some analysis, it's obvious I am. Recently, at PAX South, I found myself repeatedly standing in line with my manuscript draped over one arm, a set of three pens settled precariously between my mouth and hands, editing the last 100 pages of The Faithful. I'd done that multiple times, but no one asked me about (I guess not that strange) and, at some point during the conference, started having a personal crisis as to whether or not I was a "writer." Only after some reflection that I realized that of course I was, but since I wasn't writing at that point, it felt like I was living a charade.

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

I recently joined this amazing group that is for authors that are out and about, querying to their heart's content! While I'm relatively new to this group, I was able to join in on this great blog tour about authors and their writing processes! Karen Mahara tagged me as a part of this and now you'll get to revel in my unnecessarily complicated writing process!

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Considering My Next Move

Considering My Next Move

So I started thinking of the next novel I want to write. I'm thinking of doing another run at Convert35, the rewrite/reimagining of my first novel, Between the Shadows.

For the uninitiated, Between the Shadows was written in 3 months with the help of Mel Odom (really just him talking with me about the story and what needed to happen in the next group of scenes). I've revised it several times, but it's at that point where the setting itself is hampering it more than anything else. I just didn't have a great setting.

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On Plotting: Why I'm a Pantser

On Plotting: Why I'm a Pantser

As much as I'd like to say I've been overtly active this week, I can't. The words have been coming hard, especially when it pertains to The Magician. As I've spoken of before, I'm what you call a "pantser." This means that I write my novels without plotting the whole thing out. Now that's not to say I go in completely blind, but generally I just know what's going to happen in the next few chapters. For me, this allows the characters to take hold and play a bit. The biggest troubles I've run into when writing my novels is not paying attention to the characters and saying, "No sir, you will walk this path."

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Digging Up the Past

Digging Up the Past

My first novel was a great learning experience. Titled Between the Shadows​, it was a novel written in three months, almost hit my goal of 80k (was 22 words shy, in fact), and was a sloppy mess. I say was, I should probably correct myself and say is. Even after four revisions, which I felt were pretty harsh at the time, I still had a unfocused novel that I was never quite sure where it fell. All I knew was that it was a dystopian, which usually falls in sci-fi, but without any science underpinnings or straight up technology that doesn't exist today, I am now compelled to call it urban fantasy - since it is fantasy set in a city. It was dark, desolate, had an undefined antagonist who got his thrills from being completely and utterly mysterious and brutal.

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