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Under the Darkened Moon Critiques (Both Good And Bad)

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I encourage people to say what they really think whenever they are reading my work in progress (Under the Darkened Moon). I haven’t had it in a formal review setting since I started the live read and final draft process. But, prior to that, I got a lot of feedback from a variety of sources including: my standard review group, writer friends of mine (published and unpublished), and people who I know and who like to read fantasy.

I’m not someone who isn’t willing to let people, whether they liked the book or not, have their say. Here is a sampling of the good and the bad that I got as feedback: Read more…

Why I Post “Words Of The Day”

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Some people have asked me why I post “words of the day” entries on this site. Especially words that seem to give your spellchecker fits as it marks them with annoying red underlines.

Examples:
Words of the day: sclaff & lassitude
Words of the Day: kishke & hawse Read more…

Changing POV At End Of Novel: Under The Darkened Moon

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I have decided for the epilogue of my novel, Under the Darkened Moon, to switch POVs. This is, of course, still a rough draft but I think it makes sense even though the entire novel has been 3rd person limited from the viewpoint of the main character to this point.

I want to pull back and go 3rd person omniscient to reveal things that are ok to reveal now that the story is over. Particularly the thoughts of the novel’s secondary character more in depth as well as putting the reader in the mind of a character who has been mentioned and referenced but never introduced until now and who has good reason to be introduced.

I wouldn’t consider changing POVs like this within the novel proper and suddenly but for the postscript, I think it will be ok and add to the story.

Writing a prologue

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I have written a couple thousand more words to my story over the weekend. I’ve started to get into the meat of things at this point where the main character is well on his journey.

While I have at times thrown in some backstory as conversations between characters allow I am left wondering if the entire setting of the story and the overarching world conflict is well enough defined to someone who might be reading this story. To me things are well understood, but I am the writer and not a typical reader. I understand that this is just a first, rough draft but I want to be sure everything makes sense to the reader. I have gone back through much of what I have written looking for places to expound but do not see many if any.

Thus I have opted to go back and write a prologue to the story. Since my setting is a robust world and the story is being told from a limited third person POV (as of right now) prejudices and perceptions of the main character simply prevent major knowledge of the world’s past from being known or seen through untainted opinions.

This prologue may not work out but I am going to try it. It may even get looped into the main body of the story later on. I don’t have an aversion to prologues but I know some authors and readers do for their own reasons. I have seen prologues that work and ones that do no.

I plan on using a standard prologue which is to give background and knowledge to the reader about things that happened before the main story and before the characters of the story were even born. I do not plan on using it to introduce the main or sub characters of the story as a sort of Chapter 1.

Still looking for the short story I set out to write though. Until that crops up I plan on plugging ahead with this longer work.

A Little Perspective

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Something I did not think about before was what perspective to use for my story.  Perspective is important.  It is how one tells a story.

I loathe 1st person narratives because they are so restrictive.  I know some people like them.  Just not me.  Seem like too many “I”s and ” me”s for my taste.

For me stories have always been told from some level of omnipotence or from a limited third person point of view.  Omnipotence can sometimes be as restrictive as 1st person.  If you don’t do it right, it makes it really hard to hide things from the reader that you do not want them to know and makes building suspense hard.

I like a more limited 3rd person PoV but depending on the story I start to write I think I will have to decide on this later.  I think the best thing to do is get a story set and then see how the story works and from which perspective.  Something organic and natural should arise.