Beginning Again

To Love a Beast Cover by Melchelle Designs

To Love a Beast Cover by Melchelle Designs

I am always shocked at how many books in the writing section are geared toward beginning writers. You can almost compare them to the amount of vampire books in the romance section (zing). This is all well and good because it seems like everyone in the world wants to write a book, and probably has already started. Very few of those everyones ever finish that book, though. Along the way those everyones have bought those “You Can Write That Novel” books, workbooks on how to become a “genius at 3 in the morning,” and books on how to divide your time between your day job and writing the great American novel.
I loved those books when I was first starting out, and they were very helpful. In fact, I still purchase the new ones when they appeal to me, but finding appeal in a book about writing is becoming more difficult the more I write and the more experienced I get. That’s why I think there should be more books devoted to the more advanced writer. I really don’t want to write one cause non-fiction is not my thing, but I would pick up an advanced writer’s book in a heartbeat. What could an advanced writer’s book offer that a beginner’s writer’s book could not? My answer is…X out the chaff! There are three rules of writing and every time anyone makes this quote I want to smash my head into the wall. I am well aware that adjectives are bad and that clichés are even worse. Showing is better than telling in most cases, and it is really an art to explain, but I don’t need to beat a dead horse.
I find myself skimming through writers books saying got it, got it, got it, don’t need this one, but what would go into a writer’s book if the basics aren’t there? Oh, there’s plenty probably. Someone just hasn’t gotten up, and decided to compile them. Maybe some day…
Well, now that I’m done ranting, I am starting my own new beginning now that I have gotten The God Machine (Available at Smashwords and Kindle) out into the world. A little bit about me, I always have something going, so my new beginning isn’t exactly a new beginning. Before I went all nuts out in left field diving over a cliff with The God Machine, I had been writing another novel called The Claiming. It’s my Sci-Rom about aliens, and I won’t go into any more detail than that.

I actually have already written a hundred or so pages of this story, and while I wrote The God Machine, The Claiming was always been in the back of my mind. I’ve been thinking and creating, still not writing down, but always thinking about the story and the characters within, but now I’m ready to get my hard hat on and start some major construction, but I have no clue where to start. The dam is full; all I have to do is open the gates, but what should I sop water on first?
Here’s a chapter for the Advanced Writer’s Book. How do you start again after you’ve stopped, gone on to another project, then came back to the original project? Here’s what I did, but I’m still in the process so I may have better advice later…
Step one: (After you’ve thoroughly congratulated yourself for finishing the first novel) Re- introduce yourself to your story and your characters.
Here is what I’m working with. I have the first three chapters written in a notebook and safely in the computer. I also have two separate notebooks full of out of date character sketches and scenes that I didn’t want to wait to write that were way beyond those first few chapters. I actually haven’t looked at this story in about nine months, but the story in my mind has progressed far beyond what I have written down. My advice to myself or anyone in this predicament is to first re-read everything and bring yourself up to speed.
Step two: Re-align and fix everything. Make it all mesh with the way you picture the story in your mind.
But, Bfly, you may say. “Aren’t you supposed to continue on with the new stuff like you’ve already fixed the stuff in the past?” I would say that (non) rule is true if you’re writing from beginning to end, but it’s hard to just pick something up and start again after months of being away. How good is your memory? Did you write that scene this way, or that way? Is there a fatal flaw in chapter one? You don’t have to re-align and fix if you don’t wanna, but I think it would be a good idea to be on the same page with past you, especially if there are huge things that are going to be different in future chapters.
Step three: Find an appropriate starting spot and continue down the road.
For me, I should probably find that place in chapter 3 where I left off and push forward. I really like those future chapters I wrote because I’m impatient, but I think I should leave those for the future, or when I hit a rut in the first part of the book. At least that’s what I think I would do.
Those were not too difficult, but I still haven’t really gotten back into the swing of thing yet, though I hope to change that. Perhaps the aliens will be good to me today.

Finally, I don’t want to forget my Ebooks that are ready for your eyes and need a good home.

To Love a Beast available on Smashwords and Kindle. It’s got a sweet new cover done by M.S. Fowle of Melchelle Designs. Check them both out.

And, my newest novel, The God Machine also available Smashwords and Kindle.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. I hope all this makes sense. This is my third straight day of migraines so I would be surprised if anything I wrote made any sense at all.

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  1. * M.S. Fowle says:

    Thanks again, Teri! So glad you like the cover art! I hope you’re feeling better. 😉

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago

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