Month: January 2015

The Important thing is the Story

I remember when I first started getting serious about writing, around the age of 14, how when I would find myself trying to figure things out for whatever genre I wanted to tackle, I would have a dream about Stephen King. The important thing is the story…”~Stephan King The first time it happened there was an avalanche. and he and I were hanging on for our lives and I only had time for one question before we both fell to our deaths. I asked him, “How do you write really good horror?” After watching this video that is posted below I have come to realize the meaning of the question. What is the meaning? That in all the things surrounding us, with all the changes that we have no control over, the important thing is INDEED the story, as Stephen King explains below. The important thing is the story…Our words are important. Our actions are important. The messages we leave for generations are extremely important. Our stories are important, whether we are writers or not. …

Editing and Gym Pants: More on Ascension Graveyard

Editing and revising a first draft of a story is a lot like pulling the draw string on a pair of gym pants; everything will come together much tighter, but there will still be a need to smooth things out. The more I work on Ascension Graveyard, the more I keep the idea of reverse outlining (Link to post on Reverse Outlining HERE)  in mind, the more excited I become. The story is filling itself in, especially in places where I felt like I was just adding words for adding words sake. This happens. It is a part of the process, not just of writing but in reaching 50,000 words before the close of 30 days during  a NaNoWriMo adventure. I don’t know why Ascension Graveyard has been such a bear of a story to write for me. I have grown fond of the characters, I think the plot is fun, even if a bit dark. But the one thing I can say is that beyond all the frustration that I have had during this …

Walking on Broken Bones: Receiving Healing you never knew you needed

I am sure that you heard the saying in regard to broken bones that, “If you can walk on it, it’s not broken.” I am even willing to bet that you have not only heard that saying, but that you have said it before as if it were the truth. And if you, like me, have said this before, then it is a safe bet that you didn’t know that the converse is the truth. You CAN walk on a broken bone and never know that bone is broken. Actually the only way to tell if a bone is broken assuming it is not bent improperly or protruding from the skin, is for a Doctor to get a deep look at it by way of an x-ray. For all of us born into this fallen world, born into sin, we go through life walking on broken bones. We are hit by hands, and often times far worse, words that sink into the core of our very being that draw blood from wounds so deep that …

Second Verse in Reverse: Managing Revisions through “Reverse Outlines”

One thing that I don’t like to do, almost as much as I don’t like writing a synopsis, is doing revisions on a large tome. I love the art of creating the manuscript, letting my fingers make that beautiful music as they press against key after keyboard key. I love character invention! If you are anything like me you will be able to see little pieces of yourself in each character that you give birth to through your imagination.  Doesn’t matter how crazy the person may turn out to be, you still may find yourself thinking, “Oh look at him, he has my eyes.” But revisions…revisions make me massage that space in between my eyes. Revisions make me turn to actually doing my household chores. Revisions make me want to weep like a child. Lets face it, revisions can be the pits. But they don’t have to be. (Yep, there is a silver lining.) So I am not even finished writing Ascension Graveyard, not hardly, and I have already been breaking a sweat and having …