Friday, April 9, 2010
Tom soon learns that privilege comes at a high price, and he must fight corruption and lies at every corner while struggling to maintain his own humanity. But Tom will have to rise above the plots and intrigues to face the man responsible not only for the death of his family, but decades of cruelty hiding behind a mask of power.
Please let me know what you think. Also, it shouldn't be too long before Valor has me up on their website, so feel free to check in on that as well. Happy writing and reading, everyone!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Once I get the halfway-point outline finished, the book itself usually doesn't take much time to finish either. Hopefully that will be the case this time too.
Tomorrow, I will be posting the blurb for the Craftmaster, so check back!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
One comment asked me to say something about character flaws, a topic near and dear to my heart since it's something I've struggled with over the three books I've finished. On one hand, if you make a character with too many flaws or flaws that are too major, they make weak and poor heroes. If you don't give them enough flaws or no flaws at all, the reader can't relate to them. My favorite characters tend to start with more flaws and overcome some of them through the course of the story. Character growth is always better than a character that starts great and stays great. At the same time, great characters can start great, have a major fall, and slowly redeem themselves.
Secondary characters are a different story altogether. You can get away with a lot more flaws in really interesting combinations. In the book I'm writing right now, one of my secondary characters makes no apology for any of his flaws and ends up being one of the most endearing characters in the story. He has problems and he doesn't care. He just wouldn't make a good hero.
Please feel free to add anything you'd like to what I've written, and feel free to disagree. A number of very talented authors just began following, and the rest of you are great readers, so I know there's a lot I can learn from all of you!
A note on my new author photo. This photo was taken by Erin Summerill, a very talented author and photographer who can work miracles with her camera. If you're in the Utah Valley area and you want some fabulous pictures taken, you really can't do better. You can contact her at www.erinsummerillphotography.com.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This is my first foray into the exciting world of science fiction and I've also been writing it in the first person, another thing I'd never done. It's been a learning experience so far, but very exciting at the same time. I feel the first-person makes it really easy to get to know the main character. Everything is in his voice, and his personality comes out right away. At the same time, I'm pretty much limited to writing from one person's point of view. I've had to be really careful writing the secondary characters to make sure the reader can get to know them as well, and I think I've improved a lot because of the experience.
Thanks for the continued comments, and feel free to ask questions. I'll saw something about character flaws tomorrow, Nathan, but you'll never pin me down on what my favorite books are. There's just too much to choose from.
My fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant was good today: "You have a flair for adding a fanciful dimension to any story."
Friday, April 2, 2010
First, I'm setting a goal to write every day even if it's only a page or two. When I'm writing, if I skip even one day, it's more than twice as hard to get going the day after that. Two days later it's even worse. A week... Let's just say I shouldn't go a week without writing.
Second, I want to finish two of the books I've been working on. Total, that should mean writing about sixty thousand words by the end of the month, something I'm confident I can achieve if I stick to the first part of the goal.
And so a month of hard writing starts today. I'll post regular updates on my progress, along with more information about what I'm working on and on the Craftmaster. Thanks to all of you who have been reading and commenting so far!