How to make #NaNoWriMo more than a produce or bust experience.
In graphic design and visual arts, artists use negative space to emphasize their subject. The same could be said of words, in particular stories where you leave enough to the reader’s imagination so they can enjoy the novel, essay, short story, or whatever it might be. I received this nugget of knowledge at WorldCon last August. Stina Leicht mentioned applying the negative space principle to words during a panel on how to write yourself out of a corner. Some writers will be quick to say negative space represents the show, don’t tell meme that is driven into every writer’s head who ever attends any sort of workshop. I’m not so sure I agree, though. While no one wants to read […]
Being an egomaniac author with an inferiority complex, I commissioned a Helix Review to analyze Exodus against all published works within The Book Genome Project as well as making specific comparisons to titles in the science fiction genre. The big data mash-up tells you a ton about how your book works and your particular writing style. So the first thing you can tell is that Exodus is short! In spite of its length, it does have a healthy vocabulary for its length. Sentence length is average. While classified as a science fiction book, it tends to have longer paragraphs than most books within the genre. The review also analyzes the text for complexity, dialog and pacing. To help compare the book, […]
One of the best compliments people have given to Exodus is that the first chapter grabs them, and launching them right into the text. So I decided to share how this chapter was crafted. First of all, before I begin let me say not everyone likes the book. I’m not painting Exodus out to be the second coming of the Lord of the Rings or anything. There has been some constructive feedback that I will apply to future books. In other cases, I have been absolutely shredded by those outraged by the book’s position on religion (no surprise there). But most of those that say anything seem to like it. Some call it a compulsive read right out of the […]
There are two things that they say one should not discuss in public settings; politics and religion. Yet, my new book Exodus takes the latter topic head on, and examines what causes people to act violently in the name of religion. I realize that the time has come for me to have these conversations online, whether I like it or not. You can’t drop a rock this big in the middle of the pond, and expect to walk away without getting a little water on you. Still, I am reticent to discuss religion here. It’s always a recipe for volatility. Perhaps the Exodus conversation will be more of a commentary of others. The book may just be the impetus to […]
In the last week, I finalized the manuscript for Exodus, and began the process to distribute the book on August 26th. Everything looks like it will be done on time or before deadline, providing a little time to reflect. After independently producing my own book, would I reconsider my February statement, and work with a traditional publisher again? I think I would, not because I like publishers, but because producing a decent book independently requires significant effort. The key word here is independent, and not self-publish. Publishing a sub-par book that lacked writing quality is not an option. Achieving quality has been more arduous than I had thought. As someone who has not quit his day job and is publishing […]