Thursday, April 25, 2013

What I'm Working On Now: End of April to Early May

Greetings from the land of continual winter!
(This is from April 22nd, if you're wondering)

Here's what I'm currently up to...

I am still editing each section of the afore mentioned short story, but I'm mainly working on my next short story named . . . well, I haven't figured that part out yet. Trying to think of a title has kept me from writing so often that I usually figure out the title toward the end or after finishing a story.  Right now I'm working a short story that I plan to submit to the Sword and Laser anthology. I heard about it from a Facebook post by the author Patrick Rothfuss, and I thought I'd give it a try. 

I have about half of the story typed by now, and I'm liking how it's turning out. The interesting thing is, I'm using a plot that I intended to use for my next book, and it's been tricky translating that into a story that can't be longer than 7500 words. It's a good writing exercise though, and anything that gives me an extra reason to write can't be half bad. If it doesn't get into the anthology, I'll just release it free here, on my site. 

So, anybody have thoughts about submitting stories to anthologies or writing competitions? I have a 100% acceptance rate right now (one for one). Maybe I should just retire while I'm on top . . .


Friday, April 5, 2013

New Short Story on the Way!

I've been working on a new short story and I'm pretty excited with how it's shaping up. Here's a hint at what it's about.

Wow . . . does that photo pump you up too?

Anyway, I'm trying to get better at forming a block-ish outline before I start writing, just so I have a good foundation before diving into the actual writing. I don't freak out if I stray from the outline, but it's nice to have. I'm having fewer, hmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . the two kids escape the dragon and head to . . . the secret tunnel? A parallel universe? . . . New Jersey? moments. Still, one thing I love about writing is this: I'm just as surprised as everyone else at how the story turns out, even though I'm the one writing it. 

When ideas for stories come into my mind, they obviously don't come as fully formed novels (how nice would that be?), they usually start from one scene or perhaps even one sentence.  I like to think of this as the seed scene. It's the scene that forms roots around my neurons that eventually form the plant that is my tale. The funny thing is, the seed scene often gets altered drastically or omitted altogether in the final product. The book I'm working on, was based on a scene that isn't in the book—not even close. And this upcoming short story's seed scene was based on a funny bumbling loner turned tour guide, which is nowhere near what he became. 

So, there's an update and some thoughts on writing. Check back soon—I should have the first section up within a week.