Tuesday, September 3, 2019

I’m A Pantser

  That's right, I've never written a single outline for any of my books, ever. Not a single word. I like the idea of making it up as I go, and I'm in good company.
 Hugely successful author's like Michael Connelly of Harry Bosch fame does not outline. Then there's Jay Kristoff, author of the wildly popular 'Nevernight Chronicle' who said in a recent interview with Australian BookTuber, Piera Forde, "I'm a pantser by nature." These are two very successful author's that write in two very different genres. They can't possibly be wrong, I say.
 Personally, I think spending time outlining is time wasted. It's like writing a prologue before you've written the story. Mind you, I do write prologues, even epilogues, but I write them after the fact. 
 To date, I've written 60K+ words for my sixth book, and I still haven't decided who really done it, although I do know how they did it. You know why? I wrote the story, no outline required. 
 I've talked with several writers on the subject. They all cringed when I told them I don't outline. One told me she had trouble getting an agent until she started to outline. For some reason, I don't think not outlining stood between her and fame and fortune. I don't have an agent. I've never gone fishing for one. And yes, I self-publish my work and have sold tens of copies, ebooks mostly.
 Alas, here I sit writing about not wasting precious time writing outlines. Time to move on. Bye!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Excellent Story Lines

It's always great to get positive feedback on my work. In the interest of full disclosure, she did go on the say my grammar needed a little work. But excellent storylines, I'll take it.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Vellum by 180g - eBook File Creation App

I've been using an app called Vellum on my Mac to convert my books for use on many of the popular ebook readers. Each of my books currently available on Amazon were exported using Vellum.

Vellum is as close to what I would call WISYWIG as I've found for the task. It makes the job of dressing up your work easy and does not require any coding knowledge. Honestly, I thought Vellum was a bit on the pricey side at first, but once I began using it in earnest, the price was no longer an issue. I recommend you give Vellum a try.

Available export formats include:
  • Kindle
  • iBooks
  • Nook
  • Kobo
  • Google Play

Monday, May 23, 2016

Meeting the Creator of the ‘Harry Bosch’ Series

  I meet my favorite writer and the author of the 'Harry Bosch' novel series, Mr. Michael Connelly. Michael was in Atlanta supporting another author at a book launch event in mid-town. I was going to mention my book series to him but lost my nerve.
   Not long after my first book, Deep Cover - A Stark Affair came out, a reader from Australia briefly compared my Tony Rains to Michael's Harry Bosch, saying Tony is treated far better than Harry ever is by the LAPD. That marked the first time I heard of Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch, and I've since read all of his Bosch and Mikey Haller novels; nearly thirty in all.
   It was a real thrill for me as a writer of 'Police Procedurals' to meet the master himself.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Who Done It?

   Forty-eight chapters into book four of the 'Tony Rains Novel Series,' and I haven't decided 'who done it' or why. Although I do have some very good candidates to choose from, and all for a good reason.
   "What," you say. "You didn't identify the killer in the outline?" The fact is, I don't write outlines. I write stories.
   For me, character development is tied to the evolution of the storyline. When I need a rookie cop, for example, I piece them together in a way that best suits the circumstances. If the storyline calls for them to die violently in the line of duty, I give them a courageous warrior-like persona. And whether the plan is for them to appear once or regularly throughout the novel, I follow the same process for creating 'walk-on' characters, who sometimes become primary figures in the story and even the series; Sam Becket and John Fitzgerald are perfect examples of this.
   I know, not writing an outline is just wrong, but I don't care. I will continue going against the grain. It works for me. To each his own, and this is mine.