Revision check-in: Time to Pivot

Like so many things, revision of a novel takes time. It takes time to read it through and think about the cohesion of it. It takes time to map out the plot arcs and try to match each chapter with its intent and pace. It takes time to review each scene for value and construction.... Continue Reading →

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Writing Peripheral Scenes

One strategy during revision is to write the scenes that take place outside of the narrator’s experience. What happened before he entered the room? Those scenes can help me imagine everything from the posture to the motivation of the various characters when our narrator does arrive. So here’s a scene that drives action in the... Continue Reading →

On Fate, Destiny, and Determinism

We have a guest post today, submitted by Blue Francis Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon and narrator of Seduction of an Innocent, my second novel. Leave comments and questions for Blue below. I was restless in Vegas. That’s why I started reading. I lifted a worn copy of Atlas Shrugged from under the bar at Sabrina’s.... Continue Reading →

Red

I’m not sure why I remember her that way, dressed in red, but I do. She’s wearing a big dress, the fancy folds of material cascading around her, held aloft by some cage of hoops and petticoats. She looks like something out of a film, her hair swept away from her face, her neck bare... Continue Reading →

A Moment When the World is Silent — Novel Excerpt

This is the first 3000 words of the novel I'm querying. It received a review here. It's been edited, but needs more work. Your comments are appreciated. ____________________________________________________________ Wednesday Tony is dead. He killed himself Monday night. I took my window seat. Twelve hours and thirty-two minutes since I was told, forty-five minutes since I’d... Continue Reading →

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