Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Thy Muse Shall Not Be Rushed

Monday, January 16th, 2017

There are days I think I enjoy editing one of my manuscripts more than I do writing the first draft. The weird thing is I love writing. It’s an incredible experience to sit down, start typing away, and seeing what gets created. What I have in mind quite often changes because, while the main gist of it is there, plot points get introduced I never saw coming. And I swear I sit there and mutter “Holy smokes! Where did that come from? That’s brilliant!” For the record, when I say “That’s brilliant!”, I’m talking in terms of what my muse has whispered in my ear, not anything I’ve come up with.
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Falling Awake: The Story Behind The Story (Part 1)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

I decided early on last year to do something I’ve never done before and that’s document my thought process while writing a story. There were parts of the novella Falling Awake I had in my head and plot points that didn’t exist yet, so I was curious to see how it would all develop. If you’ve never read the story, this may perk your interest in it. If you enjoyed the final version of the story, then this may interest you to know how it came to be. If you didn’t, I imagine you’ll stop reading right about now. Hopefully you will or have enjoyed it.
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When Sorrow Leads To Inspired Fiction

Monday, May 9th, 2016

I had a rare opportunity, at least lately, to work on the new book this past Saturday. The warmer weather has been dictating that I complete some projects around the house before I sit down at a desk for several hours. Sure, the housework is a little annoying, but after this, it’s mostly just upkeep and not nearly as extensive. So, I’d been in the shower a week earlier when inspiration hit and I quickly sketched out a scene before heading to the airport. Finally, yesterday, I managed to flesh that scene out a bit and, quite honestly, it left me in tears.
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Author Pride: Fickle But Necessary

Monday, March 21st, 2016

One of my good friends, J.P. Barnaby, wrote a week or so ago about being proud of what you write. I think about when I published the first version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation and, really, what a risk it was for any publisher to take a chance on a gay novel at that time, which was 2003. One did not exactly go around saying he or she was the author of a novel based in the LGBT genre unless one was in a crowd of like-minded folks. Things have changed tremendously since then.
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A Perspective on Plagiarism

Monday, March 7th, 2016

I still can’t spell the damn word correctly. One thing for sure, nobody will ever plagiarize the word plagiarism because it takes too much effort. Now, this has been talked about to death recently, and yet for as much as folks are talking about it, it doesn’t seem to be sinking in with some people. For the life of me, I don’t understand why. I have a theory or two, but I just don’t understand some of the responses to the incident.
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It’s All In The Details

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

If I can avoid doing research when writing a book, I will. But I can’t, so I try to make it as painless as possible. It isn’t. I’d hate to think of what would happen if I ever came up with an incredible plot that took place hundreds of years ago. Either I’d update the whole thing or the characters would magically be transported to modern day, effectively ruining the entire point of writing the story in the first place. Oh, yeah. I can sabotage just about anything to get out of doing research.
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Dr. Plagiarizer or: How I Learned To Stop Stealing Other People’s Work

Monday, October 26th, 2015

I was in a Creative Writing class back in college and had the displeasure to sit next to someone I wasn’t overly fond of. He was a bit on the obnoxious side of the fence, and eager to make a name for himself. We ended up getting paired together for an in-class project and I decided to try and make the best of it, a rarity for me at that time in my life. We met outside of class, discussed various writing projects we were working on, and I made the mistake of telling him the title of a book I was writing. He showed up to class two weeks later, leaned over and excitedly told me about a story he was writing…and he used the same title I had because he liked it. I could have killed him. Fortunately, the idea of prison didn’t turn me on, so he lived.
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An Audience Of One (Plus Spoilers)

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

An author friend of mine, Brent D. Seth, wrote a blog post last week regarding whether to focus on character or plot…or both. It’s worth checking out. The subject of writing came up again on a Facebook post where another friend and fellow author was having issues with his new story because he was trying to take what he’d written and alter it for a more mainstream audience. My suggestion to him was “Don’t.” Unless you’re writing something that’s product, then focus on just telling the story and let it find its audience organically. It was probably good and bad advice.
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An Author’s Obsession To Write

Monday, June 8th, 2015

I remember when Anne Rice’s The Queen of the Damned was released in hardcover back when I was a freshman at college. I was home for the weekend and out shopping with mom. Hard cover books were a luxury on a college budget and I sooooo wanted to read that story. Mom ended up buying it for me (we just didn’t tell dad) and I devoured the book when I got back to my dorm room Sunday night. Reading the right book can feel downright obsessive. We must know what happens to the characters and we’ll spend far more hours awake reading than we should to find out. You’ve had this happen to you before, haven’t you? Now imagine being obsessed by a story that’s creeped into your brain and is demanding to be written.
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Writing Who You Know And Sorta Disguising It…Sorta

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

I’ll be the first to admit I sometimes get author-like sadistic pleasure out of writing people I know into a short story or novel. Why? Because it’s fun. It’s fun just to do it or just to get even for something they either do or don’t realize they’ve done to annoy you…er, me. Hey, sometimes breathing the same air around me is all it takes. I’m not picky. I’m just looking for memorable characters. Some authors will tell you to write what you know—because, let’s face it, you’ll look more intelligent than if you really screw up something you should know and didn’t research—but I also say write who you know!
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