I find it fascinating that the creative juices seem to rest, after finishing a manuscript.
Sometimes I think it is like grieving as the characters that you created have met with the definitive “The End”
What are your characters up to?
It takes a long time to develop each character. I have a page dedicated to characters places and events that I update as the story progresses.
An example might be Tom and Susan.
Tom is tall, sandy colored hair, blue eyes, and a hint of five o clock shadow.
Susan is short, busty, with auburn hair and wears clothes that are too small for her as she will not admit that she is chubby. Her brown eyes are large and seem to see into your soul.
Now those are two characters that I just created on the fly.
Where do we go with Tom?
What does he do for a living?
Is he smart or is he more a jock, not that a jock cannot be smart.
Is he white collar or blue collar?
Factory or office worker?
He puts up with his wife’s flaws, she still wears clothes that are too small, so he does not intervene. Does she rule the roost?
Is he afraid of her?
Does he love her too much to hurt her feelings?
Is Susan insecure?
Is she overconfident?
Is she a person of Walmart?
Do they have kids and is that baby fat?
Where do they live?
Is it hot or cold most of the year?
Is it humid or dry?
Where they live can tell a lot about their political beliefs, does that play into your story?
While analysis to paralysis is always possible some backstory for your characters is helpful if nothing else than for you to write the story.
A hint for you is something that I do.
When I create characters, I generally use the personage of someone that I met or know that has charisma. For a non-player supporting actor part, I can create them out of my head.
There are times I might borrow a movie star from some movie that I liked them in.
Your characters make your story. You can have the best plot going, but if I as a reader cannot connect with them, I will not read your book.
One of the tricks EL James used in 50 shades is the way you connected with the leading lady. That little voice in her head that shared what she was thinking or feeling. We came to know and connect with her.
Dealing with modern day issues in a conversational way you will no doubt love these characters as much as I do.
I published Diamond Joe on Amazon tonight 6/5/2017 It will take Amazon a little while to proof it but there you go! Get it and enjoy it! This is one of my best yet!
A cold wind from the north was one more reminder that things are not going well for the investors on Wall Street. Diamond Joe, taking his craft seriously enough survives the crash of the 1920’s, but many of his investors did not. Some of them indeed ended their lives by jumping from a window or drinking in their car, parked on a railroad crossing.
Diamond Joe, a portly man, was still jovial enough and managed to calm most of his Investors with his quick wit and knowledge of the markets.
Joe’s wife Vera was not doing well with the winters in New York. When her health became a major concern, Joe changed their lives.
The carnage from the collapse reached far and wide leaving many bargains for those who managed to hold onto cash. Diamond Joe was nobody’s fool and had indeed amassed a small fortune while working for his clients.
Purchasing a plantation that still had tobacco in the fields in South Carolina, he moved his wife to warmer climates. Over a thousand acres and a large house with some of the land butting up to the Atlantic Ocean. Diamond Joe was ready for a new adventure.
His kind demeanor and strange luck at cards often found him at events where his pockets were full of others cash on his way home.
Gambling was illegal in most of the states at this time. Bingo under the guise of charity was still a big thing which is the only way one would find him inside a church.
Horse racing was a legitimate sport up till the late 30’s. Diamond Joe quickly became an expert at such things, buying Arabians and hiring the best to train and ride them. His luck knew no bounds.
Years pass. The plantation stays in the family. Diamond Joe dies in his sleep leaving behind his wife and daughter, Donna. “Dr. D. Joyce” inherits the estate after the death of Vera, her mother. Leaving it unattended for a few years, Donna loses her husband to cancer. With the memories of him too intense in their home in the city, she sells it moving herself out of the city, and back to the plantation that she loved as a child.
35 miles from the nearest town, and miles to her nearest neighbor, Donna was pleased with her choice and enjoyed her solitude.
Steve, her husband’s racehorse named after Diamond Joe went untrained. Donna realized this as the wasting of an investment and decides that something must be done with the horse.
This novel was such an incredible story to tell. With a love of horses and people, the story wrote itself! As Donna finds love in a place she dared not even think to look; the tale will warm your heart.
I wanted an agent to pick this story up and run with it. Query letters just suck, and anyone that has ever written one knows it. If you are an agent, and interested, contact me.
Dealing with modern day issues in a conversational way you will no doubt love these characters as much as I do.
Each story that I write, the characters seem warmer and more lifelike. I very much like and take a narrative approach to writing as I think that the characters should tell the story! I want you to hear their voice. When you read my books, you will feel that you are in each of their heads, know what they are thinking, and no doubt you will feel their passion.
I try hard to faithfully tell each of their stories as I hear or see them. There are times I swear that I am merely taking dictation as the story unfolds. Often I have no clue where the story will go, or how it will end.
Possibly I spend too much time alone with my thoughts, but the results are often so beautiful that I don’t really care.
The feedback from those of you who have read my work is marvelous, and it keeps me going.
If I cannot find an agent to pick this story up, I will publish it on Amazon. Over 70% of my sales come from Amazon, and frankly, they are one of the simplest places to e-publish.
I have many things on Smashwords, but truthfully, they are one of the most difficult places to e-publish. Your mileage may vary.
I am not only the creator of the verbal art. You know, those pictures that are created within your head but also, the creator of the cover art.
Look at the cover and tell me if you like it. What does it say to you? Should I do something different with it?
When this story is released, and you get to read it for yourself, your emotions will be tweaked. You will laugh, hunger for their success and cry for them as they pull things together to finish as only TW does, on a high note! Sad things can happen in the story but I won’t have sad endings!
Several years ago I wrote a rather lengthy Sci-Fi called Under Roswell. Inspired by the writers of Stargate Universe I thought I could do better. Maybe not but, the story that they told intrigued me.
Imagine that you came across a derelict Intergalactic spacecraft.
Now imagine that as you entered it, things came to life.
The writers on Stargate truly were inspiring in many ways. It was terrible that the show lost its agility in the market. I was not ready to give up on Rush and those men and women running from the demonic robotic drones. Ending as it did, I started to write some fan fiction as an experiment.
It has been years since I tried my hand at creative writing, so it was fun. Realizing that I was spending a lot of juice on their creation, I abandoned the project. The seed of creativity was planted, however.
Turning off the TV; I started writing about Elliot.
Who was he?
What did he look like?
Where did he come from?
Four years and lots of research later I finished Under Roswell.
Elliot worked for a company known as Ohmicron. Ohmicron is, of course, a made-up name with Ohm coming from the world of electronics and Cron coming from my favorite topic, time, with a little bit of Unix thrown in for good measures.
Ohmicron does all kinds of different things including military applications.
Providing Elliot with an assistant, everyone considered it a win-win. Elliot’s boss wanted someone keeping tabs on what he was doing. Elliot wanted to get away from the drudgery of paperwork and Susan wanted to attract the fair-haired boy of Ohmicron!
Susan learns that Elliot is an avid rock climber. In her spare time, she takes classes on rock climbing.
Inviting herself along on his vacation to his old home in New Mexico for some “rock climbing,” things happen to change their lives forever!
After a small fall, Susan takes the time to re-group. While talking at the base of the rocks, a few pebbles find their way through a small opening in the rock face. A metallic clunk catches Elliot’s attention
Elliot makes a concerted effort to discover the source of the clunk only to find a spacecraft which has been dormant under the pile of rocks for some time. Could it have been there since 1947?
If this was you what would you do?
If the craft responded to you, would you enter?
If you were Susan would you follow Elliot?
Explore the Galaxy with Elliot and Susan on this romp through the galaxy. Fight off the bad guys and learn about new races of people and their struggles to survive.
The novel moves quickly and you will not want to put it down. Follow the link….
Universal Police who seemingly have the Earth’s best interests at heart. They don’t!
Hole in time started out as an idea for a lunchtime read. Often times some of us read at lunch. Yes, I realize that some of us are just unsocial and we should be talking about who did what, and who is wearing last year’s shoes but really!
Some of us really want a reprieve from the noise of the day. Some of us want a mental vacation from reality for forty-five minutes or so! Is that a bad thing? TW does not think so.
Reading a standard book can last several lunch times and often the chapters are lengthy enough that we end up stopping before we want to. Not to get too graphic but it is like coming to the peak of the cliff, if you will and then not jumping. You know, not getting that little scream in, or that shudder that makes life worth living! …. Yeah, that!
TW came up with the idea of lunchtime reads that you can easily read while eating that salad pretending it is a burger with fries and maybe even that milkshake. MMMMM I digress…
Hole In Time is a story about a crew of folks that take on a new mission for a private company after the military has been obsoleted by the rogue forces of an alien race. These creatures are known as the Universal Police who seemingly have the Earth’s best interests at heart. They don’t!
Ben and his crew of mostly women take cargo from one planet to another when they come across an anomaly known as a blue dwarf. This anomaly to date is purely hypothetical.
Retreating from the anomaly after avoiding the destruction of their ship (The Brooking,) Ben discovers that something is amiss. When they figure out that Betelgeuse ( a star that went nova years prior) is back, Ben knows that they are screwed.
From the Pilot to Episode 8 the story has gone very well on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. I believe that Amazon is probably the benefactor of my work. I am not really sure how all of that works but…My brand is out there. To me that is important.
I enjoy writing the story and you all have told me that you enjoy reading it as evidenced by the badgering I get about Episode 9… I say badgering lovingly, I do honestly appreciate you sticking it out with me.
I got this strange idea for a book called Diamond Joe and I had to stop everything and write it. 63K words in less than a month and it is a great story, which I am going to release soon!
An agent I queried is “taking a pass” so ef it, I am going to release it on Amazon. Many of you have been asking about it so, I will let you get it…
I am in a quandary about Smashwords, as I truly think there is too much “stuff” there that things get lost in the noise. If you have a different idea, tweet me or leave me feedback!
Anyway, take a look at my website for Hole In time. There are links to the books. The Pilot I think is the only one not on Amazon Unlimited as I wanted a broad spectrum of e-sites to carry it.
I talk with a lot of writers and want-to-be-authors.
Too many of them think that writing a book is their ticket to financial security.
Not so fast….
“But ELJames wrote that book and is famous!”
“Eljames was the first to break the rules, push your comfort zone, and bring BDSM into your living room, so to speak.”
When there is a new “sensation,” I look at it very analytically. I try to determine why? What is it about this “thing” that has people willing to spend real money? What is causing all of the excitement?
After 50 shades, like many out there, as an experiment; I wrote a rather naughty tale about two college roommates. These girls are from a little farming community in Iowa. When Denise discovers that she has “feelings” for Trisha it disturbs her. Fleeing small-town Iowa for a larger city leaves Trisha to deal with the loss of her mother, small town BS and of course, her best friend being hundreds of miles away.
The Kiss is an introduction to these two characters that if you read the novel as many have, you will no doubt fall in love with them.
After years of trying to make a go of it in Iowa Trisha decides to take her meager savings and visit with Denise in Phoenix. Denise is making ends meet on her own. Trisha wants to know how.
Denise and Trisha’s Adventure pushes the limits of morality much as ELJames did in her novel. Instead of a disturbed man dominating some innocent young lady, I put some new twist on it.
Trisha discovers that her friend has been making money by modeling nude on camera for anyone willing to pay for it. Along with the modeling, she allows them to give her directions as to what to do or what actions to take for them. Some of these instructions are right up there with extreme deviant behavior, but who is judging? Certainly not me!
When the Consortium discovers the two playing on camera, they hatch a plan to market these two ladies to their wealthy clients who happen to be somewhat depraved. Utilizing the web and all of its remote control glory, they invent this machine that is a remotely controllable DOM, complete with endoscopic cameras in strange places.
I believe in happy endings, so it all ends well but there are many twists and turns on the road to the Epilogue, and I promise you will be entertained.
Too many to count have been entertained thus far. This novel gets over 2500 hits a day! The Kiss, a free download, is my number one download on Smashwords alone.
The experiment was to see if people would be as enamored with this, as they were with 50 shades.
The Query letters that I wrote trying to “sell” it to agents were a brutal process.
Firstly one must research which agency is looking for material that is LGBT friendly and has some BDSM in it. Who wants to read about two girls spanking one another for someone on the internet who watches them from anywhere in the world? Can they sell it?
It is selling well, so maybe.
Receiving many rejection letters after countless months of waiting, I stopped trying. Self-publishing the manuscript on Smashwords and then Amazon has told me the tale. I don’t even market that book. It was an experiment to see what people wanted to read. That book still tops the charts for downloads and page hits.
Writing a query letter takes four hours if you do it right.
Who is interested in your work?
What are they looking for, exactly
What must the synopsis sound like to them?
How many pages or chapters do they want?
How do they want it?
What must the pitch look like?
What unique things is this agent seeking?
What things will get your query tossed?
I just learned that self-publishing might disqualify you.
Is published in magazines a disqualifier?
Is self-marketing a disqualifier?
And my favorite, “if you never hear from us, consider it a pass!” FFS! are you kidding me? I spend four hours of my life trying to get past your intern to have someone with a brain look at my work, and this is the best you got?
I don’t query agents like that. It is their loss!
I think two weeks is a fair amount of time to at least send a boilerplate “no thank you best of luck yadda yadda.”
Frankly, I am a little more confused than ever from a recent discourse with an agent.
Them “I don’t take work from authors who have already published it.”
Me “No, this novel that I am pitching is not yet published anywhere.”
Them “I am confused I read on your query that you are published.”
Me “I have work published that sells all over the world, this novel, however, is not yet published.”
Them “So, you are published, I don’t accept published works… Have a great day..”
Sorry, I am at a loss. Does this mean that if I ever self-market any of my own work that you as an agent will never be interested in anything that I ever write because I am already selling stuff, have brand recognition, and followers?
I didn’t send that last question as my forehead was beginning to become flattened against my palm. Is it just me or does this text seem nonsensical to anyone else?
I don’t know about you as an Author, but I am rather picky. I want an agent with little more on the ball than some intern who could be their twelve-year-old looking to make a few bucks from mum!
I look for agents who have a history of placing the kinds of material that I am writing. I go so far as to read the nature of things that they publish and who that they have published. I will then know if I am in the ballpark. I don’t want my time wasted; nor do I wish to waste theirs.
This blog is about allowing you to get to know me and my brand. One of my author friends suggested it. Truthfully she was right, I would much rather create realms with dragons or even vampires! Spending my precious time trying to get some agent to look at my stuff for more than 1.5 milliseconds through some meticulously crafted Query letters seems like a waste of time.
Follow me, tell your friends, your mum, your cousins and even your enemies! LOL
Seriously, I think that a network of authors is a good thing. Let’s connect here, or on my website or twitter!
If you are an agent with a proven track record please contact me! If you don’t see what you are looking for on my website tell me what kinds of things you are looking for. Currently, I write to please myself. Pick a topic and give me a month. I will accept the challenge.
What encourages you to spend hours a day at the keyboard?
Starting a blog can be a daunting task. Writing a novel is probably easier.
Here on this blog, I will showcase what I am working on.
Hopefully, we can connect here and share thoughts on what you are working on too.
As a writer, I spend much time lost in thought. Truthfully I think we have one of the loneliest professions out there. Possibly that is what makes us such interesting people, we think a lot.
Drowning out the noise of the day I often am secluded in my office with a fan on for white noise. Living in the city one has to contend with disturbances that are at times overwhelming!
Either way, I have 22 novels out there in the world with many selling nicely. If you are one of my current readers, thanks! It means a lot to me that you follow me, read what I write and take the time to give me feedback. That feedback assists me in my craft. That it turn makes my reads better.
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You will find that I “tweet” often. Many of you tweet too so it all works out!