A blog about our adventures becoming a published Indie Authors. Here you will find advice, humor, and stories about what we've learned on our journey, along with books reviews, as well as great advice from other authors we've met on our journey. It's a long road, but the things you'll see and experience along the way can be very interesting.
As many of you know I've been working on "The Door" for the last four years. And looking back on that sentence I'm wishing I'd phrased it differently, because it makes me sound like someone who is the lamest handyman in creation. Hmm... there might be another blog post in that. I can see it now "Choosing Your Words Carefully"...
Anyway, getting back to today's topic, yes I've been working on that novel all this time and it still isn't finished. In fact the closest I've gotten is halfway. Why? See below...
But seriously, I was trying to put too much material and characters into the story. I had forgotten one of the cardinal rules I try to write by, which is "Keep It Simple Stupid". When you have a story that already has a number of twists and turns built into it, DON'T MAKE IT MORE COMPLICATED! Secondly, if you are building a series you don't have to introduce every bloody person who's going to appear in it all at once! In fact, when you're working on the first draft get the main story down on paper first. Then go back, read it, re-read it and then start a second draft. But above all get that 1st draft finished! All the extra layers and details you want to put to make things more real can come later.
In my case, I was cluttering the story with scenes I thought were cool and would make people laugh or gasp. Plus I was bringing back secondary characters from the first two books, adding new ones I'd been dying to introduce, plot twists, you name it I was throwing it in. And time after time, the story kept getting too heavy and complicated for even me to follow.
So finally, instead of simply going back and trying to simply remove scenes or fix things little by little (like I'd done a dozen times already) I found myself simply starting over and practically rewriting the book from the beginning. And guess what? It's working.
I've dropped God knows how many scenes I thought the story couldn't live without, only to realize I was the only one who thought like that. I had to remind myself that as the storyteller I already knew exactly where things were going, but what about the readers?
I was forgetting just how important it is to stop and take a look at what you've done and try to see it through the eyes of a reader. Every story is a new journey to them. Oh you might be giving the readers familiar characters to follow on this new adventure, but it's still your job is to keep this journey interesting. Do not overwhelm them with so much new stuff that they feel overwhelmed, especially when you have an ongoing series where there's still so many stories that lie ahead. You have plenty of time to use a great many of those ideas bouncing around inside your head.
So as I said earlier, I wound up removing a bunch of scenes from the plan and saved them on one of my many memory sticks. And I know I'm about to repeat myself, but we all need a reminder some days "Whatever you don't use in your current story may be just perfect for another book down the road."
Now, getting back to the rewrite, the story has been trimmed down yet is still going to be exciting. Plus I'm making sure events in the previous books are still being felt, like having some of the cast who faced the nightmarish creature from "The Bridge" having troubles with PTSD. There really is so much already in store for the readers with this book that scaling things down has allowed me to really get the book back on track. Plus I'm finding it that much easier to write. I'm already over 50 pages into the story and on a roll.
So if you're finding yourself getting stuck time and again while working on just one story, taking a few steps back may be what you need to do to move forward. It's not an easy thing to do, trust me on this. But it can sometimes make all the difference in the world to what you bring to your readers.
Alex Hill buried his psychic
talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting
metal all this changes...
His girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, is nearly run down by two teenagers who wind up crashing their car and are pronounced dead at the scene. After calming his love down they get a call from the Coroner's office stating that both the driver and passenger of the wreck had NOT died at the scene, but had been dead for almost twelve hours as a result of drowning.
Upon hearing this he feels his powers stirring again
and insists on accompanying Veronica to the coroner Morgue to learn
more. Upon their arrival Alex finds himself psychically assaulted by
an unknown force. Taking the attack as a warning, he tries to resist
getting involved further. But, his talents soon lead him directly to
a stream underneath an old stone bridge which turns out to be where
the teens had died. Unfortunately for him, both the bridge …
In my last entry I explained how I had settled on the idea of Parallel Realities for the premise of my series. But what could I do with it that was new and different? Well as Doctor Who would say, "This is where things get a bit tricky." We all know that a lot of choices are man-made, but events are also a major player in our world and our lives. There's an old school of thought that says, for whatever choices we make another alternate timeline exists where a version of ourselves exists who follows the path not taken. I began pondering this concept and asked myself, "What if not just choice could lead to a parallel reality? What if events that didn’t happen in our reality, did happen in another reality? And what might be the consequences and effects of that event?" This idea really intrigued me and I began to think about the concept on a much LARGER and OLDER scale...
Current theory says that that moon we all know and love was made as a result of an e…
Having just recently passed the 5 year anniversary mark of the release of our first book "The Bridge", we thought it might be nice to share with you all just how this journey began. Where did the ideas for the Para-Earth Series come from? Who and what inspired the concept? And finally, for those who haven't had the opportunity to actually read any of the books but are curious to know more, what IS a Para-Earth? To answer all these questions, let's begin with a familiar opening from a very familiar television show from the 1960's...
“Submitted for your approval…” these are the opening words written and spoken for the Twilight Zone by its creator Rod Serling. In that place, people found themselves facing death, adventure, revelation, terror, or even worse… themselves. So in the spirit of the late Mr. Serling, today’s entry is submitted for the approval of all our readers (whoever and wherever you may come from) as I guide you through the process of h…