I am very fortunate to have many writer friends. One of my writer friends, Jason Jack Miller, is releasing his follow-up to The Devil and Preston Black. Check out the cover here and buy the book. You won’t be sorry.
THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK BY JASON JACK MILLER
Coming June 2013 from Raw Dog Screaming Press
Cover Art by Brad Vetter
Preston and Katy face a new darkness….
Sometimes a battle between good and evil doesn’t look much like the ones they show in movies. The good guys don’t always wear white, and they don’t always walk away with the win.
And sometimes you’re better off with the devil you know.
The last time Preston went down to the crossroads, his best friend died and he nearly lost his brother. But Old Scratch doesn’t take kindly to fools, especially not those who come knocking at his front door. And before all is said and done, he’s going to teach Preston a thing or two about what it really means to sacrifice.
Read the first 100 pages of The Revelations of Preston Black – http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com/p/the-revelations-of-preston-black.html
Pre-order The Revelations of Preston Black at Raw Dog Screaming Press – http://www.rawdogscreaming.com/books/the-revelations-of-preston-black.html
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I have always been a Superman fan. I think he’s a great hero. Conversely, I have never been a fan of the movies. The Superman movie that came out a few years ago was pretty bad. So I am leery of this one. But who knows. It may be good. I usually don’t wait to hear what others say about movies and I don’t usually care what they have to say, but I have been burned by Superman movies in the past. Should I wait or line up for release day?
Are you going to watch this?
As a writer, one of the most important things I must do is encourage others to read. I find that getting new people to read is more important than anything. Sure you can be a writer without having readers, but what is the fun in that? Along with being a reader and writer, I find that I am also in need of saving some money. So, with that, I offer you this. It is called ebookbargins. It is a place to find discounted books, sometimes free.
I have no personal stake in this website. I just want to pass it on to you. http://www.emysterybargains.com/?ref=GRRdJ
This is my continuation series on what I wish I’d known when I began writing. You can check out parts 1 and part 2.
3. Study Writing to be a better writer
When I was starting out as a writer in middle school and high school no one really told me that I had to study writing to be a better writer. I didn’t like to read, I didn’t like to study, so I did neither. Because of that, my writing never grew as it should have. Once I discovered reading and how I can learn from my favorite authors I got better.
Additionally, I find it best to study what I want to write. I am a big fan of Patricia Highsmith and her suspense. So when I am writing suspense, I always read some of her works. When I want to write great characters, I read Stephen King and study his character arcs. I can emulate their styles to make my writing better.
One way that I have studied writing was to have a book by an author I want to write like open on my desk. I did this with Dave Barry’s fantastic, first novel, Big Trouble. I have read it many times. It is hilarious and a quick read. When I decided I wanted to write a comedy novel I opened his book. I studied the structure, I analyzed how he unfolded the jokes and I did my best to emulate that. When I actually sat down to write my comedy novel, I had his book open on my writing desk and introduced characters in much the same way. I read a page and structured my writing like his. I went as far as analyzing the jokes per page and did my best to have the same amount. My characters were introduced much like his and got into situations that were similar. I will say that I didn’t copy his characters, but I followed the structure so closely that I hoped my book would be taken as another book written by him.
In the end, I had only one problem and it was a major one. I can’t write anything that anyone would consider funny. I did make a pretty good story but the characters were closer to Dumb and Dumber without the hilarity.
Am I the only one that has done this type of thing or am I alone. Comment below.
This is a continuation of my series of five things I wish I knew when I started writing. If you have just begun please see the first entry here.
2. Rewriting your work is a chore
One of the things that makes a writer a writer is rewriting. This is where the real work takes place. This is how a story molds into its final form. When writing, you can sit and put words down and worry about them later. Rewriting is the later you had to worry about. When I write I can create a page of text in a half hour or less if I am going at a good clip. When I am rewriting, there are times when I will meticulously scour every line or word of my writing just trying to get it right. It can take at least an hour or more to get a single page to the way I really want it. To steal a phrase from Hemingway, the hardest part of writing is “getting the words right.”
Just because rewriting is a chore, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. I love rewriting. I have already done the hard part of making up the story that I am trying to get out there. When I rewrite I get to revisit scenes that I was excited to write and now I can make them better. I can tie everything together in that one little way that needs to exist so the story is whole.
When I rewrite I can add those transition scenes and take out the useless portions.
When I rewrote my novel, I started with 500 pages. When I was done, I whittled it down to just over 300. It was a chore, but those 300 pages are so much better than the original 500.
Come back tomorrow and see what number 3 is. Do you have any experiences with rewriting? What do you think about it?
Win a $100 gift card
My publisher, electiopublishing.com is having a giveaway. It is easy to enter and you can win $100 gift card to a few places. Check it out. You get points for following me on twitter @Writer_Marcus, buying a work by any author and for many other things. Check it out.
I am a huge James Bond fan. I haven’t seen all of the movies but I am working on it. Amazon Prime helps, they just made a few of the movies available for April. So I started watching Goldfinger. I’ve seen it before, but it’s been a long time.
The thing that shows me how cold Bond is was this. Bond just finished blowing up some building in the precredit scene. He goes back to his room to “take care of a loose end” or something like that. Those of you that have seen a single Bond frame of film know it’s a woman. So when he gets there, she’s in the bath. She gets out of the bath and Bond’s attention is um… drawn away for a moment while an assassin is sneaking in.
Bond leans in close for a kiss and sees the reflection of the assassin in her eyes. Instead of pushing her out of the way, he uses her as a human shield and she gets the smack on the head with the blackjack. She falls to the ground. He shrugs it off and fights. Cold, but not freezing.
He fights the guy, they rumble all round the room. The fight ends with the guy getting thrown into the bath and Bond tosses a heater into the water, killing the guy. Typical Bond, unperturbed, turns to walk away. “Shocking,” Bond says. Then it gets really cold.
The girl wakes up. He sees it, says “Totally shocking,” and just walks away. This girl will probably die from head trauma or be a vegetable for life and he just leaves. Not only did he use her as a human shield but he left her to die or to wake and deal with the dead body in the tub. I mean, she has to get rid of this body on her own.
Bond is one cold dude.
At the Back of His Mind
This is the link to my first ever published short story. This story quickly became a top 100 seller on Amazon and stayed there for a while. It is also a top story on iBooks. This story is a suspense short and I would love for you to check it out. Here is the blurb:
Clark is an aspiring writer who is constantly in search of a great story. But when his seemingly oppressive relationship with his girlfriend, Lex, prompts him to take drastic action, Clark realizes that he has the opportunity to make a great story.
Miles away from civilization, under the cover of a stormy night, he sets out to right the wrongs in his life with a shovel, a tarp and gritty determination.
What could possibly go wrong?
Never Prosper Amazon link
I had a story published on Wednesday through eLectiopublishing.com. This is my second story with them. I would love for you to check it out. This is a suspense story that I hope keeps you on the edge of your seat. Here is a description.
Ethan was a fastidious planner; no detail escaped his keen eye. Constantly juggling his wife’s schedule with his job and clandestine meetings with a “special friend” from the office, he was finally hitting his stride. His routine life was finally becoming exciting until an afternoon tryst went terribly wrong.
Why did his wife change her plans? What would he do with the body in his SUV?
He had to formulate a new plan…