jasonandrew: (Highway West)
Late last night, I finished the last of the copy-edits for the Highway West.

I'm very proud of this novel. It took fifteen years to write and while I know it isn't perfect, it is my best and I am happy.

Now, I am struggling with the synopsis and the query letters. I've always felt a little off about trying to sell myself as a writer. This is a part of the business that I know I need to work at.

I've been reviewing agents. There are a lot of wonderful and talented agents, but I'm looking for the one that loves the same stories I do. The agent that wants to go down the same roads.

That said, I can concentrate on writing for a bit this afternoon and that always makes me feel better.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
Late last night, I finished the last of the copy-edits for the Highway West.

I'm very proud of this novel. It took fifteen years to write and while I know it isn't perfect, it is my best and I am happy.

Now, I am struggling with the synopsis and the query letters. I've always felt a little off about trying to sell myself as a writer. This is a part of the business that I know I need to work at.

I've been reviewing agents. There are a lot of wonderful and talented agents, but I'm looking for the one that loves the same stories I do. The agent that wants to go down the same roads.

That said, I can concentrate on writing for a bit this afternoon and that always makes me feel better.

Novel POV

Jun. 18th, 2011 04:21 pm
jasonandrew: (Default)
I have been looking at the outline for the sequel for The Highway West and the story would work even better if I alternated the POVs in the chapter. Something like:

Chapter One: Marty POV
Chapter Two: Nathan POV
Chapter Three: Eve POV

repeat

I know this worked really well on a grander scale for the Game of Thrones series. However, that series started that way.

The Highway West was told solely from the Nathan POV. Would it be weird to shift POVs like that between books. Or to go from a single POV to multiple POVs.

It made sense to tell The Highway West story solely from Nathan's POV because he was new and the reader learned as Nathan learn.

Things to ponder.

Novel POV

Jun. 18th, 2011 04:21 pm
jasonandrew: (Default)
I have been looking at the outline for the sequel for The Highway West and the story would work even better if I alternated the POVs in the chapter. Something like:

Chapter One: Marty POV
Chapter Two: Nathan POV
Chapter Three: Eve POV

repeat

I know this worked really well on a grander scale for the Game of Thrones series. However, that series started that way.

The Highway West was told solely from the Nathan POV. Would it be weird to shift POVs like that between books. Or to go from a single POV to multiple POVs.

It made sense to tell The Highway West story solely from Nathan's POV because he was new and the reader learned as Nathan learn.

Things to ponder.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
This novel has been a personal quest of mine for a long time.

I poured my heart out for three months into this story, but it took fifteen years for me to wrap my heads around.

The test reader enjoyed the story, the characters, and the details. That is always the most important aspect of telling a story. She mentioned that she was sad when a certain character died.

There are weaknesses that I think I need to address. There are a couple of typos and oopies throughout the the book, but those are easy to address.

Chapter 1 needs to be edited. I need to cut out some of the fat there and pull the reader into the story quicker. I have a solid idea of how to do this and make the novel stronger. I edited the first paragraph and I think it works.

Chapter 3 needs more details. I think I can add just a bit here about the relationships that come up later.

Chapter 13 needs more details for the battle. I need to show the struggle.

Chapter 17 needs to be beefed up especially the final fight. I need to make Cenotaph a bit more scare and reveal his secret here. I think I had a vague idea of trying to leave him be a mystery, but he gets overshadowed by his minons. I'm going to flesh this out. I figured out how to do this in an economical way and be awesome.

I feel pretty good overall. I am happy that my story worked and brought forth emotion from the reader. I'm really excited by this.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
This novel has been a personal quest of mine for a long time.

I poured my heart out for three months into this story, but it took fifteen years for me to wrap my heads around.

The test reader enjoyed the story, the characters, and the details. That is always the most important aspect of telling a story. She mentioned that she was sad when a certain character died.

There are weaknesses that I think I need to address. There are a couple of typos and oopies throughout the the book, but those are easy to address.

Chapter 1 needs to be edited. I need to cut out some of the fat there and pull the reader into the story quicker. I have a solid idea of how to do this and make the novel stronger. I edited the first paragraph and I think it works.

Chapter 3 needs more details. I think I can add just a bit here about the relationships that come up later.

Chapter 13 needs more details for the battle. I need to show the struggle.

Chapter 17 needs to be beefed up especially the final fight. I need to make Cenotaph a bit more scare and reveal his secret here. I think I had a vague idea of trying to leave him be a mystery, but he gets overshadowed by his minons. I'm going to flesh this out. I figured out how to do this in an economical way and be awesome.

I feel pretty good overall. I am happy that my story worked and brought forth emotion from the reader. I'm really excited by this.
jasonandrew: (Default)


New words: 320
Total words: 85,000

Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks or so.
Type of scene: The main character is confronting and battling the main villian.
Challenge(s): The way the main villian tries to get the hero is a little uncomfortable, but I think it works. Likewise, the heroes have a different way of striking back. This will fall with in the words to make this battle interesting. This is the last complete chapter.

Researched: Sympathetic Magic
jasonandrew: (Default)


New words: 320
Total words: 85,000

Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks or so.
Type of scene: The main character is confronting and battling the main villian.
Challenge(s): The way the main villian tries to get the hero is a little uncomfortable, but I think it works. Likewise, the heroes have a different way of striking back. This will fall with in the words to make this battle interesting. This is the last complete chapter.

Researched: Sympathetic Magic
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 1833
Total words: 80,100
Note: I haven't posted an update in about threeweeks
Type of scene: Editing a scene in which Nathan hangs from a tree
Challenge(s): This should be an epic in which the main character changes by facing death and I'm working on making this.

Researched: Odin and Jesus and the Hanging God
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 1833
Total words: 80,100
Note: I haven't posted an update in about threeweeks
Type of scene: Editing a scene in which Nathan hangs from a tree
Challenge(s): This should be an epic in which the main character changes by facing death and I'm working on making this.

Researched: Odin and Jesus and the Hanging God
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 1833
Total words: 60,100
Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks
Type of scene: Nathan and Eve are hanging around Portland ala A Whole New World from Aladdin.
Challenge(s): This is part of the basic romance subplot. This is somewhat of a challenge and this is the last little bit of sunshine before all hell breaks loose. After this scene, the book goes really dark for a couple of chapters.

There is also a little bit of a time jump between chapters and I wanted to account the time without looking like a tool

Researched: Areas in Portland

Work in Progress

Read more... )
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 1833
Total words: 60,100
Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks
Type of scene: Nathan and Eve are hanging around Portland ala A Whole New World from Aladdin.
Challenge(s): This is part of the basic romance subplot. This is somewhat of a challenge and this is the last little bit of sunshine before all hell breaks loose. After this scene, the book goes really dark for a couple of chapters.

There is also a little bit of a time jump between chapters and I wanted to account the time without looking like a tool

Researched: Areas in Portland

Work in Progress

Read more... )
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
I am taking a long time with this chapter. If this bookwas an essay, this chapter would be the thesis statement.

This chapter is part lecture and part psychic awakening. This is where the rules of magic are discussed and also why we read such stories. This is very much a meta-chapter dealing with a lot of things I've thought about for a while.

It is very slow to edit. I want everything just right.

I will never again base a character on my friend Mario. This character like my friend Mario talks a lot. A lot. Good read, not so easy to write.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
I am taking a long time with this chapter. If this bookwas an essay, this chapter would be the thesis statement.

This chapter is part lecture and part psychic awakening. This is where the rules of magic are discussed and also why we read such stories. This is very much a meta-chapter dealing with a lot of things I've thought about for a while.

It is very slow to edit. I want everything just right.

I will never again base a character on my friend Mario. This character like my friend Mario talks a lot. A lot. Good read, not so easy to write.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
I wrote a scene today in the Highway West that I think might get me in trouble one day.

It involves the symbology of the Last Supper and the effect of the idea of transubstantiation during communion. A character that believes in hoodoo looks at this ritual in a slightly different, but respectful light.

It felt right for the characters and the universe.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)
I wrote a scene today in the Highway West that I think might get me in trouble one day.

It involves the symbology of the Last Supper and the effect of the idea of transubstantiation during communion. A character that believes in hoodoo looks at this ritual in a slightly different, but respectful light.

It felt right for the characters and the universe.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I an enjoying writing the book.

The two main characters are very easy to write for. The bad guys are fun as well.

The challenge is that the third main character is mysterious, strange, foreign. I made her a woman for that reason. Women are often a big mystery to me and it feels natural.

Today while cleaning up with Lisa, the angle for which to capture her voice clarified for me. I figured out a way to keep the mystery without losing character or making her boring.

I have go through a couple of chapters for her dialog, but I think I have it.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I an enjoying writing the book.

The two main characters are very easy to write for. The bad guys are fun as well.

The challenge is that the third main character is mysterious, strange, foreign. I made her a woman for that reason. Women are often a big mystery to me and it feels natural.

Today while cleaning up with Lisa, the angle for which to capture her voice clarified for me. I figured out a way to keep the mystery without losing character or making her boring.

I have go through a couple of chapters for her dialog, but I think I have it.
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 22,000
Total words: 48,636
Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks
Type of scene: Mentor Explains the Universe and MCs take a trippy dream trip
Challenge(s): Getting the information out there, making it interesting, and setting up the main battles at the end of the book. The irony is that all of the characters are battling for their soul trying to improve their condition somehow.
Researched: Plato's three aspect of the soul

Work in Progress

Read more... )
jasonandrew: (Highway West)


New words: 22,000
Total words: 48,636
Note: I haven't posted an update in about two weeks
Type of scene: Mentor Explains the Universe and MCs take a trippy dream trip
Challenge(s): Getting the information out there, making it interesting, and setting up the main battles at the end of the book. The irony is that all of the characters are battling for their soul trying to improve their condition somehow.
Researched: Plato's three aspect of the soul

Work in Progress

Read more... )

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