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.