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Another Step Closer to Publishing

December 30, 2013 4 comments

I received my manuscript back via email. This is what my editor had to say:

All done! Enjoy! And thanks again for this project, Allen. I loved editing this book, and I really hope I get to work with you again in the future! Keep in touch, I’ll be happy to help you with anything you need. Sincerely, Andrew,

That was not ALL he said. The email is huge with lots of instructions and notes. Now begins the process of refining, BLOOD & SOUL, this first book in the Creed of Kings Saga, for publishing. I’m a little more than a month away from my publishing goal. I’m not going to settle for second best. I’d rather take my time and publish during spring break the best book I can publish rather than in February a book that is less than the best. I’m chomping at the bit to start in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee.

 

What I’m After as a Writer

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

No work again yesterday. So, I seized the moment.

I’m in the process of outlining my next book. The working title is “Out of Oblivion.” Themes, dialogue, clashes, escapes, love and betrayal is fragmented throughout a forest of notes that needs to be herded into my Scrivener – a word processing program for writers. The story is there and I know how it ends. Now begins the crafting of the physics of story structure, putting things in place that support reader interest.

As I gathered my copious notes scattered over different desktops my fidgety moves, scruffy face and worn jacket reminded me of Russell Crow’s depiction of John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, but not the beautiful part, the foaming at the mouth bat crap crazy part. I grinned and thought, God what am I after? Am I simply crazy and that’s all there is to this? Is it obsession or mission? And then I took a deep breath.

Fact is I know what I’m after. All that was settled but sometimes the contemplation of what I’m attempting is scary. It could be a colossal waste of precious time at fifty years old. That is why I need to know what my goal is. And, I think every writer should know exactly what he’s goal in life and story ending. If not logically—as in the book’s exact narrative and dialogue when the story ends—but at least a writer needs to sense the emotional payoff, the feelings of epic awesomeness born from that great moment when the One Ring melts in the lava of Mount Doom, or when the Death Star blows. When evil is turned back in the physical and spiritual world and hope does not feel like wishful thinking.

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