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The Deep Waters of Emotion

One of the keys to writing good fiction is revealing the deep waters of human emotion that exists in your characters.
In life every person stores a deep–sometimes overflowing–well of emotions that range from toxic wastes of  jealousy and deceit to the sweet refreshing taste of pure joy.
So does your characters…
Do you know that characters are people too?
The best books I’ve read have not only showed me a window into the soul of the characters, but have immersed me in the deep waters of emotions that lies beneath them.
A great writer allows me to taste the bitterness of anger as if it were my own.  The sharp pain of loss that I too grieve, as well as the jubilation that makes me stand up and shout hooray!
How deep is your character’s emotional well?

When writing fiction, remember the reality of life.  Remember the deep waters of emotion that thrive in all of us.  This too applies to characters in a story.
However, accessing that deep reservoir of emotion is not easy.  To write effective moving emotion, a writer must dig deep where the fossilized experiences of life have deposited and took root in our soul.
Why must we tapped this most dangerous of resource of all human nature?
Because it is on the waves of emotion that adventure is found. In stories, readers crest on the highs of exhilaration and wallow in the abyss of misery of each character’s actions, reactions, and motivation.
It is that exhaustive feeling of relief–after all the adrenaline has gone–that journey in the deep waters of emotion–that makes a book most memorable.
Do you agree?

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The End

The End.

Two of the most powerful words to an author.

 These two words changed my life as I finished my first short story this weekend. 

It was something like this: “The End” YEAHHH BABY!”

And pumping of fists.

However, reflections and lessons learned a couple of days removed from my first success have come. 

Among them are success is fleeting, validated is essential, learn a strength and weakness, listen to the voice of my characters, and this is just the beginning.

Success is Fleeting 

I wrestling for 6 months and 29 days to write 2400 words and 2 hours to write 5100 words but my excitement is short lived–I ask myself, now what?

Validation Is Essential

I always knew I could write a good story, but having a stack of unfinished work on my desk; in my mind, and by deed undone left room for self-doubt.

No more.

Strength and Limitation

I struggled with have-to writing vs. feel-like-it writing.  I now know how to buckle down, get myself out the way and just write—when I have to.  I also know that I cannot write my fiction during the week until I get a handle on my daily rituals to clear the mental clutter, allowing the free-flow of creativity.

Listen to the Voices

While it took me seven months to write most of this story, I spent much of it not listening to my main character.  She had been telling me for several months what she needed to do in the story and I did not listen-until now.

See….just now she said, “Typical man.”

It Whetted My Appetite

Now that I know that I have the ability to write a complete story, get it written quickly, and trust the voices–I want to do it again…and again…and again…and again…and again…

Wash, Rinse, And Repeat.

I woke up this morning thinking of the fallout of my protagonist actions in the story.  As in life, the story is never finished, even in the grave.    Life goes on, and so does the story, therefore I continue to write.

Oh…and then there’s the rewriting…but that’s a whole ‘nother thing.

Write On, Friends!


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It Takes A Village To Write Your Book

I once thought writing a book is a solitary act between my keyboard and me.

I needed to shut out the world and hole up in a room pecking away at with whatever music soothes the Muse– pausing for bathroom breaks or another pack of gum.

Nothing is further from the truth.

No one writes a book by himself or herself…

I mean you can, there is no rule against it, but why would you?

In times of self-doubt; or depression, because you cannot see the scene clearly or the plot and character development is not working out properly…

What do you do?

Where do you go?

To whom do you turn?

It takes a village to write your book.   Your friends, support network, or whatever community you rely upon helps in the writing process.

When you need an encouraging word to keep going and say, “You can do it!”

Who does that for you?

When you need a critical eye–someone to tell you the truth–for better or for worse…

Who does that for you?

When you need someone to kick you in the butt and say, “GET BACK TO WORK!”

Who does that for you?

Those emails, tweets, texts, IMs, and phone calls that ask, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ are important.

Even if you are having a bad day–just knowing there is a cheering section rooting for your success can serve to comfort you or give you the motivation to get up, dust yourself off, and get back in the game.

You can say, “Hey, I’m alive, I have ideas, and I have a book to write– for the very least of reasons, I have people counting on me.”

So…I ask you

Hey, how’s it going?

How’s that {insert your project} going?

Remember, you do not have to write alone…use your village.

Keep writing,


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Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

I found this quize here and decided to take it.

Of course…with multiple question quizes, sometimes more than one apply so I did several.

First one:

I am:

Robert A. Heinlein

Beginning with technological action stories and progressing to epics with religious overtones, this take-no-prisoners writer racked up some huge sales numbers.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I found this interesting because he’s one of my favorite authors–and one of my projects is eerily similar to one his works. 

I took the test again, changing some answers that i also could identify with at got this:

I am:

Frank Herbert

His style is often stilted, but he created what some consider the greatest SF novel of all time.

Which science fiction writer are you?

This made me chuckle–especially after what I said about Dune in a previous post–but also one whom I count as my progenitors.

And lastly, adjust a few answers again, I got this:

I am:

E.E. “Doc” Smith

The inventor of space opera. His purple space war tales remain well-read generations later.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I am ashamed to admit that I have never read any of his stuff. Therefore, I must do so today!

And so, in view of my progenitors, one day this will be me ::grins::

I am:

Viktor M. Powell

Beginning with technological action stories and progressing to epics with religious overtones, he created what some consider the greatest SF novels of all time. This take-no-prisoners writer racked up some huge sales numbers and his Bellerophon’s Sphere tales remain well-read generations later.

Which science fiction writer are you?



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Are You Brave Enought Start That Book?

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.””
Stephen King (On Writing)

For the better part of this year, I have been working my way though Stephen King’s book “On Writing”.   I bought the hard copy version about six years ago and never read it.  It wasn’t until I got serious about writing and purchased the audiobook version that I’ve been reading and listening. 

It has been a source of a kick in the butt for me since I’ve started my writing career. 

In my opinion, it is required reading for every novelist, young, old, or new or veteran. 

I have selected favorite quotes or words that has served to help me added with my personal thoughts and titled them, “Stephen King and Me”.   While I’ve not met him in person, he’s been like a daily companion to me.  

Stephen and my writing coach Beth Barany, keeps me focused on the main thing  and points me in the direction to where it is. 

I still have to go there and walk the path my self.  He’s just telling us what is required for the journey.

I’ve been talking about writing a series of novels forever it seems like–when in reality, it may only two or three years. 

That’s still a lot of time to talk about doing something.

I mention in an earlier post about the fear of the blank pagethe self-doubt that arises-and dealing with the what ifs.

I am closer today than I have ever been in writing my novel–not just the world building nor the plot construction–but the courage to start writing despite any fears of blank pages.

“…you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King (On Writing)

How long have you talked about writing that novel, that short story, that poem, or that screenplay?  Isn’t time to get past the fear of the blank page?

Are you brave enough to start your novel?


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BW’s Week In Review Part 2

BW has been busy. 

Here is  Part TWO of The Week in Review on The BookWorm, Check it out and comment on  your favorite post.

 To check out Part One: Click Here

Worldbuilding With BW: A School of Giant Oarfish

The setting of a fantasy and a science fiction story–no matter what form it takes–is part of the story.   What if giant oarfish were plentiful as tuna on my planet?

Stephen King, Frank Herbert, and the Force

“You cannot sweep someone else away by the force of your writing, unless it’s been done to you.” ~Stephen King from “On Writing” I was not swept away by Dune. Now I need to find out why.

What Every Writer Can Learn From JaMarcus Russell and John C. Maxwell

JaMarcus Russell was picked first in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and paid nearly $40 million dollars on his potential.  Three years later, he’s out of the NFL. JaMarcus…allow me to introduce you my friend John.

Canadian Bacon: A Short Story – A Three-part posting.

A man drives through blinding snow to satisfy his pregnant wife’s cravings.  This is an AWESOME SHORT STORY…okay…I’m bias, but I NEED your comments on this one.

Wow, what a busy week…I wonder what’s next for the weekend and the next week. 

I’ll have a Saturday Special for the weekend so be sure to come back tomorrow!



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BW’s Week In Review Part 1

BW has been busy.  Here is the week in Review on The BookWorm, Check it out and comment on  your favorite post.

What Dune Teaches About Dreams

If you don’t have one, you’re just going through life on autopilot, successeptable to doing whatever someone else wants you to do–which may or may not be fulfilling.

Sex, Meaning of Life, and G.I.Joe PSA’s

The last words of the G.I. Joe would be “Knowing is half the battle.” What about the sense of purpose?  nowing the reason why you get up, out of bed in the morning, is half the battle.

Robin Hood Take 52

Hollywood, in their infinite wisdom decides that they cannot think of an orginal story to create so they do Robin Hood again!  Yeah!

5 Reasons Why I Should Go Fishing

Just dipping my fishing pole in the water with spray bait isn’t gonna make fish attach themselves to my hooks.  In addition, it’ll cure me of “I want it now” attitude that’s showing it’s ugly head lately.  Another lession in Patience is required.

10 Ways to Write A First Sentence of a Story

Writer’s Digest frequently holds a Special Writing Prompt Session.  This month it’s to write the opening sentence to a story based on the picture below.  The sentence limit is 35 words.Here are my pending entries…can you do better?

WAIT!! There’s More!!  Click Here For Part Two!!


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