Saturday, June 2, 2018

Scene Analysis #4 - Mort by Terry Pratchett

Welcome back, Persistent Writers! Today we are diving into Mort by Terry Pratchett. I love this book, mainly because of Death and the premise of Death's apprentice. 

June 2018 Update

The second novel is finally being worked on; the proposal outline for the second draft is being drafted. With the lessons I've learned along the way, I am somewhat confident on how this sequel will go. Once I'm done with the proposal outline, I'll return my focus on the short stories for the Abandoned series. There are four stories, word count approximately 16,000. I intend to distribute that for free.

I've been changing and innovating how I write my stories. My outline method looks daunting and only intelligible to me and me alone. I'm sure every writer has their own process where it looks like madness. That might be the reason why not all writers reveal their writing process. They may pull the curtain just a little bit, but they won't fully unravel their Frankenstein of a writing process.

The scene analysis has been working great. It helps with traffic to this blog, and it also expands my knowledge on the writing craft. I've hit a snag, however, on the highlighters. I just learned that you can only buy them by the bulk. My blue highlighter is drying up, and Amazon will only sell me in packs of six or twelve. I may have to suck it up and just buy an assortment.

Don't die on me now!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Scene Analysis #3 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Hey everyone, it's that time again. Another scene analysis. This time, we're doing Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I wanted to do Terry Pratchett, but this scene actually caught me by surprise. I will explain later as we go down the page.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Scene Analysis # 2 - It by Stephen King

Hey there, folks! Here's the 2nd analysis. Today, we are doing IT by Stephen King. The scene I had copied is from Chapter 2, page 17 from my Kindle.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Scene Analysis # 1 - Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

This is the first entry on a series of posts I'm planning to do. I've been doing some copywork exercises, but all were done on the computer. Recently, I decided to do it by hand. Reason for this is accessibility: I don't have to boot up my computer in the morning and do copywork for 30 minutes. Now, I do my copywork during lunchtime at work. It still takes 30 minutes, including highlighting and a quick scene analysis.

Here are shots on a scene I copied from Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. This scene occurs in the middle of the book, so if you are reading this series, turn away now lest be spoiled (although nothing too breaking).

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 2018 Update

I have something planned for posting regularly on my Twitter and eventually Instagram. I don't want to reveal it now, but you'll see it eventually in my feeds.

I am finalizing the short stories for the Abandoned series. Currently four are near completion. I want to write two more just to pad the collection, so that may take another month or so.

The second novel is still simmering, but I'm planning to print that baby up this week. I can't wait to mark that up with red ink, commentary, cutting critique and some salty tears.

Compared to other indie authors, I am writing at a very slow pace. I'm okay with that. I am still getting my legs on this industry, and I'm learning as I go (though in a snail's pace).

I've canceled my Kindle Exclusive, and I'm back to distributing my book wide (hey there, click here to get my book!) I didn't like the thought of being stuck with one distributor. Also, I've invested some cash on Amazon ads. I may lose that money, but I'll chalk it up to "tuition fee."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 2018 Update

I need to be consistent with my blogging and social media-ing. It's the ugly side of being an author (at least for me). When I get home from an arduous day at work, I just want to relax, log-in on my characters and then throw shit at them until they triumph over the conflicts and dilemmas I have given them.

But if I want to be a success at this, I need to do some mercantile work. I have been silent for the past month with regards to that. My twitter feed is bear, and my last blogpost was at the end of February. However, I've been sending out short stories to magazines, so at least I'm doing something on the back-end of things. But I do need to work on the front-end of things.

I'm toying with the idea of doing some scene analysis on some movies and novels. We'll see if I commit to that. Being active in the community is another possibility, but I don't want to force myself to post on social media just because I have to.

Anyway. The short story anthology for my series is nearing completion. Once that's done, I'll be working on Book Two.

See you in a few weeks (or a month). Keep on writing!

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