We’ll start with “Colors to Stars”, which has always been the working title, and now I have found the actual title: POLARITY. I have a list of literary agents I think would be interested in this project, and I am planning on taking the long road of traditional with this novel.
After finishing two non-fiction books on creative writing – How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy and Characters and Perspectives, which I talked about in this blog post – I moved on to my next book, which I recieved for Christmas.
I was very excited to recieve not one, but three creative writing books:
- Creative Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland
- Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress
- Song Maps by Simon Hawkins
The first one I decided to read is the one I was most excited about: Creative Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development. I had read excellent reviews about this book, suggesting it was a #1 resource for writers, and it was filing in a gap that I really care about in my writing: character development.
Some of my favorite books are solely because of the character development, the number one being Jumperby Steven Gould. I love the way that the character grows and changes and his balance between coming of age and figuring out his super powers. The angle of anti-terrorism is so interesting, especially the way he tries to balance revenge with morals, and his relationship with the F.B.I. is so interesting. I love it, it fascinates me, and I really want to reflect genuine character development in my writing.
This book seems to be the answer, and I’m certainly adding her companion novel Structuring Your Story to my Must Read List. But, let me get to the book.Read More »
So many drafts!
One thing I’ve really noticed about myself as a writer is that eventually, I get to this point where I stop being able to tell what is good or not. Grammar and spelling are easy to check, but there comes a point when I’m too familiar with the work to be objective about it. I’m almost to that point.
I have finished going with all of the edits from my editor, Millie, and it has been a long time coming! I had a lot of distractions this summer, but it is good to finally be able to finish up ‘The Varken’! Millie gave me some great, big picture notes that I will be looking at fixing, and there is certainly plenty of room for improvement. I am going to be doing one final big read-through of editting and then it’ll be off to beta readers for some perspective! I’m really looking forward to getting their notes and thoughts.
Meanwhile, when it is out of my hands, I will be working on formatting, getting the cover art in order, writing the back cover, and all of those fine little details. Somehow, finding the right font sounds both relaxing and intimidating at the same time! But it will be a welcomed challenge.
Besides ‘The Varken’, I will also be spending a lot of my time on two other big projects:Read More »