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My speech for City Council, still needs some work but the words are true.

             Tavares is growing, four thousand new residents will soon call Tavares home. I don’t know about you, but I am excited and eagerly anticipating their arrival. New ideas and skills will combine with ours to make this community even better. New residents will allow us to shake off the looming debt, they will open shops, fill seats in our churches and will undoubtedly bring something we didn’t anticipate. The unknown can allow us some reservation. It is natural only because we cherish this community, but I know that these folks will en  More...

 

softer, softer

Using softer language and a gentler tone tells a reader that this person is not intense, it also allows someone to absorb what you are saying. I don’t like to be lectured too, if they aren’t my mother or a doctor, I don’t need their tirade. Still in life we have to listen to certain people, I can’t tell my boss that I don’t want to hear a lecture, I would find myself on the bread line. The same principle applies when writing, certain words while painting the picture we want can also turn off readers. In a novel you have an entire chapter to expl  More...

 

After five months the first draft of my latest novel is done.

            Welcome back if you thought I forgot about you, I didn’t. I took several weeks to finish the end of my latest novel. Finishing the first draft feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but now the real challenge begins. I have written about rewriting a book before but I want to give you a play by play as I am currently working on a second draft. I am looking at two things, I want every paragraph to read and flow comfortably. I also want less words, it is cheaper to edit, less words less money spent. Also I am look  More...

 

Speech Writing

         I have taken my first attempt at speech writing and I can say there is definitely an art to it. I find it to be enriching and even fulfilling. I am running for City Council, soon on this site you will see that part of the site will be converted to the campaign. I find that while writing mu announcement sppech, the tone has a natural rhythm, the words and ideas mesh in a odd cross, it is almost like a song without instruments, mixed with storytelling.

         Being a fictional writer I do need to remember th  More...

 

The Rewrite


I have gone over editing and briefly mentioned writing but this article will be more in depth on the topic. Having a reader of your story tell you that you should rewrite your novel can be heartbreaking to hear, it can make you say screw the process I can get criticism another way.

Writing isn’t for the faint of heart, people are more willing to tell you what is wrong and not what is good. Still hearing that you should rewrite the novel you spent a year on is like nails on a chalkboard. But this is a great opportunity to fix any flaws your book has.  More...

 

Support Characters

Having a hundred characters in a story will be complex to keep track of. When writing I like to think of 20 or so main characters that will be part of the plot, most of the time I havemore than 20, but during my writing phase, I take note of the characters, if there are similar characters in personality I combine them,

Think of the characters like twins in the womb, the stronger one will absorb the weaker. Condensing the lines to one character will make that support offered more meaningful instead of squandering one off lines on someone unimportant.

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Where and when to write a novel

Where you write can be as important to you as what you write. Everyone is different; therefore, we all work and write differently. Some of us can write in a crowded place other need total silence. If given a choice, I like to write outdoors, under the shade of a tree with a cool breeze. Being outside helps me to fully engage my senses. I can smell the restaurants around me cooking lunch, I can watch seaplanes landing on the lake, the southern breeze always brings in the scent of the waters tide.

Having those details on hand helps to be descriptive while writing. However, if  More...

 

Ending a Novel

The ending of a novel is when a reader finally gets the closure that they are looking for. They have been reading your cliff hangers and have been hanging off every word. Looking down and the reader notices the thick book has but thirty pages, they are thirsting for more but they know this is it, and are wondering how will it end? Will they cheat and read the last page to see if the hero lives?

Ending a book is the most important part of writing a book. The beginning and middle introduced and kept the attention of the reader now it is time to reward them or maybe you really mes  More...

 

Creating a Villain

           The bad guy is an important detail to writing a good thriller or drama. Someone that the audience hates, a person who always seems one step ahead of everyone. The right villain can scare a child into having nightmares, but there is more to writing than declaring in the text that the character is the protagonist’s mortal enemy.

          To create the best villain, take a moment away from the story, look at three qualities that your protagonist has that make him unique. Then think about the opposit  More...

 

Writing for other people.

               This article may upset some people that I know, but I feel that it needs to be said. As a writer many of you may have come across this statement from people that are friends or co-workers. They say something along the lines of. “Man, I should have a book written about my life.” I used to roll my eyes hearing this statement because it is very pretentious. 

               I manage a hotel and had a maintenance man that worked for the hotel utter this statement  More...

 

Chapter Layout

            Hello, welcome back.

Chances are if you are writing a book you have a lot of questions. That is natural, when I was starting out, I had plenty of questions to answer them. I read books about writing novels. These writers told a reader how to write, but here is the truth the book workshops are a scam. They perpetuate this lie that everyone has this creative spirit inside that needs to be refined.  In my opinion I believe most people will ne  More...

 

Sex, Story Development and Graphic Details

                 Human beings have been attracted to each other since the dawn of time, when not in pursuit of our own sexual desires we like to watch and read about others engaging it in. But when is writing about sex too much. The beauty of writing is that you can be as detailed as you want but somethings should be left out right?

                “Emma wakes up in the morning, the sun woke her but she isn't fully alert, once getting into the  More...

 

How to Get Started

               In my previous articles I briefly touched on how to write thrillers, editing, and the differences between nonfiction and fiction. But some people might think Steve that is all well and good but how do I get started and actually write a book?

                First take a sheet of paper. If you have an idea put it down on the paper, fill both sides of the page, fill all space with ideas to add to this story, anything that comes to mind.

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Fiction V.s. Nonfiction

                When I think of nonfiction, I think of works of art like Art of War, something that can be referenced and looked to for information. nonfiction is a huge part of the industry. I watch this show Veep. It follows a dysfunctional and fictional Vice President; in the episode I am referencing she is dating a personal trainer and she took him on a trip to England. This personal trainer meets with a member of the British government at a mixer. He mentions that he is an author. The government official asks him for one of his titles he b  More...

 

Editing


                Welcome back. If you read my last blog post I touched a bit on editing. Editing something that weighs on all writers, my blog posts are self-edited, if you read my work it is a lot more polished. That is because our raw writing looks like this blog post, ugly. A writer sees his words differently than the reader, that is because in the writer’s sub conscious they already know what they want to say. How it is said does not always translates into how it is read. My first  More...

 

Tips to writing a thriller.

               I have written many novels and short stories, most of my works involve lots of action, suspense, and most of all drama. When writing anything, having a solid plot means you are off to a good start, but the heart of a thriller involves the characters combined with multiple points of view, to create suspense, suspense will always keep pages turning. Many people find difficulty writing from multiple viewpoints, for me I don’t know how to write another way. Viewpoint writing allows the reader to se  More...