I sit here, staring at the screen -wondering just how I should really start this story. I have more than one beginning and believe that a new one might be in order. I like to read about other people’s ideas on writing. I like what Orson Scott Card calls the M.I.C.E. quotient. Check it out here. Read his books as well. They are pretty good.
Well, two things come to mind. Of course, I don’t know what they are. “Two things” is just something I like to say when I don’t know what I am about to say anyway. I think that’s because, surely, I can come up with two things before I get on to the next sentence. And guess what? I have thought of two things. Sex and music. Which are completely unrelated to the plot or characters in this story. OK, Great! Now, how is that going to help me in this pursuit to find the girl. Not MY pursuit, but Mike’s pursuit. He would be the protagonist of this story that I am writing. I am not intentionally writing this story to be a typical romance or mind-bender story of the power of music. This story is about a man who desperately needs to find a lost girl who through a functional mystery of life he knows he can find. The only catch is he knows he cannot find her alive. Throw in a miserable foe that has the girl and his only ambition is to get his lost love back -from the grave- in any way that he can. Consumed with this desire and his grandfather’s Creek magic; he will do anything to get her back. Even if it costs the girl her life.
Because I am so productive, I ‘wasted’ a little time this afternoon and read a few blog posts. A couple that you might want to read:
- Chuck Wendig – Terrible Minds Rating Self-Promotional Techniques For Authors And Their Books Mr. Wendig likes to use the occasional (a lot really) color metaphor, read with caution.
- Ann Linquist – Mishmash Potato Head Case A writing prompt from an online writing instructor. Jeff Switt hangs out there sometimes. Check his stuff out.
- The Neurotic Blogger – 5 Awesome Books To Read in an Afternoon Really a good list to start with some classics. Really read them.
Books I have recently read and want to talk about:
Jessica Alter is starting a new series with a different spin on the supernatural. The Cryptid Series. She is applying a scientific approach the to subject with some really interesting characters. The first book read well with a definite feel that it is a setup book for the series. Jessica is a talented writer and you should read her work.
I just finished Ransom Riggs “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” It took me a little over a day to read the book. It has a little over 350 pages with some real nifty pictures. I liked the book and plan on reading the next two in the series. You might want to check it out as well.
Happy writing and reading.