ultimate earths

Revision Equals Altering Reality

I’ve been working on revisions for Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience for a few months now and I had an epiphany: revising a book is like altering reality. Let me explain. When the television series, Sliders aired, I watched every episode religiously. It was always fascinating to me how every world was different due to some distant decision that was different from the one made in the Sliders world. Sometimes the resulting outcome was as small as a gate squeaked/didn’t squeak. Other times the Earth was either destroyed (as we know it) or about to be. All because a key decision was different. Part of the lengthy revision process for me has been because of a decision I made when […]

Share
Read more
onceuponatime

4 Questions to Help Identify Where Your Story Should Begin

It can be challenging to find the right place to begin your story. Too early and you risk losing your audience because there isn’t enough going on. Too late and your audience is left scratching their heads. So, how do you find the right place to start your story? There are several questions you can ask yourself to pinpoint where and how to start. Remember, if you don’t know all the answers, that’s okay. It just means you might have some homework to do first. “What is my story really about?” For example, you decide you want to write a story about elves stealing babies and replacing them with changelings. You should probably start your story near or at a […]

Share
Read more

Writing Process

I have seen and heard the question asked, “How do you write?” The answer I hear most often is, it depends on the writer. Some writers are planners, some discover their writing as they go. For me? The best answer I can give is, “It depends.” For example, when JR Murdock and I are preparing to write our Jack Kane novels (one of which is published already and another is being worked on) we plot and plan to the nth degree. When I write my Mik Murdoch books (again, two published and one at the publisher) I do a combination of the two. I plot high level, getting more granular on the two or three chapters I’m immediately faced with. […]

Share
Read more
1 2 3 56