Doing The Story Justice — Redux

My PerNoReMo moves forward, despite some major self-doubts earlier this month. To help me through the mire, I read some of my earlier posts, looking for inspiration. And one that I originally posted on 2 June 2012 reminded me why I’m rebuilding Death Out of Time and not sticking with my original version. I thought it was worth sharing again with readers. Rather than force you to make extra clicks, here are the highlights from that post. Continue reading

From My Mind To The Page

It should be no surprise that writers spend a lot of time in our heads. After all, that’s where ideas are born and stories take shape. And when we write something as long as a novel, well, that adds up to a lot of thinking, imagining, creating, brainstorming…. You get the idea. So how do we get those stories from our heads to the written page?

For me, coaxing the full story out of the characters is a long, complicated process. Sometimes they’re helpful—too helpful when competing voices bombard me with ideas. Other times, they wander off with my Muse to enjoy tropical drinks and beaches. At those times, I’m on my own. Continue reading

What To Post Today…

Life has been hectic this last week and will be for a few days. So there’s nothing too in depth for today’s post. How about a few photos from Saturday’s trip to DC, including a temporary exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum and then a wrap up with another tidbit from the rebuild of Death Out of Time? The exhibit is Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed. This was a trip down memory lane to my graduate student days. Continue reading

No Cheating

I may not be the quickest study when it comes to writing, but I learn from my earlier mistakes.

I really wanted to give “Character Q” Point of View (POV) status in the rebuild of Death Out of Time.  I think “Q” would provide an interesting vantage point for the reader. When I started the original manuscript, “Original Me” would have dived in, thinking, “No problem, let’s do it.” Continue reading

Some Novel Settings

Last week, Musefly Writing Studio posted an excellent discussion on settings in a story. After reading it, I realized I hadn’t included any images lately of the settings in my WIPs. So I thought I’d take some time today to share a few photos that my characters could have taken. But first, a little background for newer readers and anyone who’s forgotten what I write about. Continue reading

A Tuesday Tidbit

Happily, I’ve been working on the rebuild of Death Out of Time. To the extent, however, that I’ve drawn a complete blank on a post topic for this week. Even the drafts I have started didn’t trigger any ideas.

So, I thought, how about a few tidbits from the revised opening chapters?

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