I plan to issue an article each Friday of November during this year's National Novel Writing Month (2020), giving some kind of nebulous advice, to myself and others on how we might approach a heightened involvement with writing a big project. For this first Communiqué, I want to talk about ATTENTION. I've come to realize, … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2020 – FRIDAY Communiqués – #1 – The Passion and the Peril – Write Methods: STRENGTH OF ATTENTION
‘Ogtrop’‘Yes.’‘Is that a name?’‘Yes.’He looked at me with a downward look, a kids glove type of condescension that expected misunderstanding. I mistook it for a scientific intention to experiment. Innocent, I took flight from the ordinary.‘Dr. Aleks Ogtrop. I’ll be taking care of you for the time being. Now, how are you feeling?’‘I… don’t know…? … Continue reading ‘INTAKE PROCEDURES’ – ‘The Skein’ Novel-In-Progress Scene – Being Taken to the E.R. After Being Dosed With LSD, After a Night of Wandering Through the Woods Alone
I ejoyed this Pep Talk from NaNoWriMo by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson https://nanowrimo.org/pep-talk-from-brandon-sanderson-2011 He looks at Nano in much the way I do, as a month of inspiration to rededicate yourself to writing and challenge your habits in various ways. Lots of good insights in this little article if you are looking at doing NaNo … Continue reading NaNoWriMo is a Multi-Faceted Tool – Use It To Get To A Daily Writing Habit!
The 'Theme' Song for my novel 'The Skein: Birth of the Manticore' is this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1pEprPvJvg [Verse 1]This is just to say helloAnd to let you know I think of you from time to timeI know I never really knew you, but somehow I miss youAnd wish that you'd stayed in my life [Chorus]Making contact … Continue reading One Way to Keep Tone on Writing a Novel is to pick a ‘Theme’ Song – Here’s My Pick for ‘The Skein’ – ‘The Mountain Goats – Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise’
THE SKEIN - Three Act Story Structure Outline for Novel ACT I Hook - The Protagonist Adolai Shungyosai has just spent the night with his new girlfriend, and she sleeps over after a brief discussion of the weight of the intentions for their developing relationships. He has class in the morning and meets a new … Continue reading Synopsis of My Novel In Progress – ‘The Skein: Birth of the Manticore’ first of the Series ‘The Kybernetes Cycle’
An Excerpt from my NOVEL-IN-PROGRESS 'THE SKEIN' Shungyosai, my main character, is in the mental hospital after being dosed with LSD at a Halloween bonfire party. In the hospital he meets a guy he calls the regular, a patient with severe mental health issues who occasionally checks himself in when the real world gets to … Continue reading Longer Novel Excerpt – Group Therapy in the Mental Hospital
I'm working on a section of my novel where my main character, Adolai Shungyosai, has a stay in the psych ward after unwittingly ingesting some LSD at a Halloween party. It causes some developments on his character as he meets revelations about aspects of the world he was hiterto uninformed about, as well as meeting … Continue reading Writing Convincing Mental Patients – ‘Write What You Know’
This week I am rededicating myself to working on the first novel in a proposed series, and feel like I am making progress in a certain distinct way. I think I have been doing this writing thing long enough now to have a grasp of the craft and what it takes to write something as … Continue reading Getting to the ‘Kernel’ of My Novel, and Over My Pattern of Endlessly Sprawling Scenes Until I Abandon Too Complex Works