Readers of “To Love the Rose” and “C Street” have ask that I give a clue to the third novel coming out in 2015. Since each book is an individual story of a very private sensual world in which deceit, greed and power reign supreme, this story is the next level.
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While approaching the end of writing my current novel, I thought my creation
process might be of interest to readers and writers alike. From now to the
release of my upcoming novel in 2015, I will add a few things of interest to
this post. I hope you enjoy....
Writing a novel is a nonlinear process. That said, the art of
creating a novel is moving the story in a circuitous manor... yet bringing it
all together in the end for a reader’s pleasure.
When writing, I hear a rhythm that I want my
readers to enjoy. The question for me at the opening sentence of any novel is, "What the cadence for this story?"
My next writing day is inspired
by thoughts from the previous afternoon. Thinking about final word choices and verifying
the strength of twine that weaves a story for the reader fills my afternoon. The
extended time already spent creating this book has allowed me to reach a time of
pure contemplation in the afternoon.
I search my mind asking, is there
anything that I’m not completely happy with or an area that may not satisfy? Are
the connections solid? Can I feel each character… see every place…taste the
food…smell the air... feel the pain… the love… the deceit and of course how is the
weather?Never forget the weather in
I make notes, but do not open the
manuscript until about 6 AM the following day. Then all the ideas from the
previous afternoon are implemented into the manuscript. I'm excited and can barely wait to open the novel in the morning. I do this with the greatest pleasure. Beginning in May, the new novel will be traveling back and forth between the editor and myself. These last weeks I will be doing a final check on my story connections and I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about subtext...
or undertone is content of a book, which is not announced explicitly by the characters (or
author) but is implicit or becomes something understood by the observer of the
work as the production unfolds. Subtext can also refer to the thoughts and
motives of the characters which are only covered in an aside. Subtext can also
be used to imply controversial subjects to inspire thought for all, often through use of metaphor.
This is one of the greatess and most changelling part of writing a page turner thriller.
A thriller is villain-driven
plot, whereby the writer presents obstacles that the hero must overcome. It can
take the reader away from daily tribulations to faraway places, provide unforgettable
characters, excitement and inspire thinking of another world that may exist
around us all.
“Behold the future is upon us, evil remains
When I begin a novel, it is but a
concept of the story I want to tell. This general idea can roll around for
months or years. However, when the story is ready to be told, as the writer, I
commit to a year of early mornings. I greet the sunrise with coffee.Then I begin three, five and sometimes more hours
per day, day after day writing and verifying research. The very research I
prepared while the story was brewing in my mind.
This is followed by afternoon
hours filled with thinking about the morning’s work, in preparation for the
next day’s writing. The completed manuscript
will be hundreds of full size pages. Only to be followed by hours with editors,
followed by cuts, re-writes and debates. Then it comes, the day I turn it over
for final edit (May 15, 2014.) Many more proof-readings will follow that edit.
Then the ARC (Advanced Readable
Copies) going out for reviews four months in advance of the book release in
2015. At that time, a release date will be decided, while the manuscript sees
its final proof-reading. Cover art which
has been in discussion will come to me in draft at this time and my focus will
move from writing to the artwork. That’s
the how and why of this writers work.Why? Because it’s a lot of fun and after all this work, I’m still
enjoying the story. I hope you do to in 2015! Update: The value of a great, higly technically skilled editor. My creative brain types so fast that my own head spins. To say the editors dot the i's and cross the t's ...would be underestimating the technical skill of a great editor. Update:
The days are now winding down, until I relinquish the manuscript
to this book again for more editing and proof-reading. This means a few things
to this writer: (1) Did I say everything I wanted to in this story? (2) Did I
connect all the parts? (3) Did I verify all my research with many sources more
than a few times? (4) Did I vividly describe all the scenes for the readers?
(5) Does each character have its own personality? (6) Each time I read this
manuscript, am I excited by the story told? (7) Can the reader, see, hear,
smell, touch and taste the story.
Now, feeling that I have met 1-7 above, I will surrender my manuscript
on Sunday night May 13, 2014 to editing… I should get at least a week rest,
before the editor is looking for me.
In the last
four months I have, burned my tongue on coffee during the long hours, bumped my
elbow on the door jam during the nights writing… resulting in working with a
wrapped arm, and last but not least, nearly lost eleven days of work for
failing to use my auto backup system (it was recovered)...Just another day in
the paradise of a writer's world.
Monday night May 13, 2014, I
turned the new novel over to begin the final editing process. This is a relief.
I will get some long overdue rest from the day to day work involved in the
creative process. However, like a mother sending her child to school, I will
miss my mornings with the story. Although writing is hard work, it is so
enjoyable for the writer. It’s a passion more than an obsession, but both must
I know it’s time, the story is
told and I’m pleased. I will have about a week of rest before
questions, comments, discussions and flat out hard core debates begin with
editing. During this process a writer should understand, this is not a test of
will or power, so put aside your ego.
Editing is a search for the best
possible words, phrases and punctuation to take the reader far away on a
journey to an unknown world. A world in which they escape the day to day and
come back refreshed. That’s the thrill of fiction.
Remember editing is a joint
process and yet hands on, like all phases of a book. Most of the time the
editor is right, writer get over it. But, sometimes you need to stick to your
words and how you have chosen to write a phase. Creative writers and technical
editors are very different creatures. Make sure you have a well-trained technical
editor. You must also be able to communicate ideas and concepts with that
editor for the long days and nights needed. This process will be a couple of
months work in close communication.
Cover art has now landed on my
desk again and I feel we are getting closer to my vision. Color, font, style
and more are so important. It is designed to tell the reader, something special
is in inside this cover.
Just for the record, if I turned
this post over for editing, it would be a different post with the same
concept.If ten editors edited it, it
would be a different result from each one, so choose your editor wisely. Update:
The Eternal Debate --- In one week, I will enter the final editing stage of the new
novel.During this time, some areas of
the book will be debated until the very end of the editing process, when a
final decision is made. Here is an example of a decision that took months, the
opening paragraph to my last Jacqueline Rose novel, C Street.
CRIMSON FLAMES ravaged her mind amidst a haze of smoke –
without denial, she was acutely aware that she bore responsibility for the son
of a bitch’s apocalypse.His survival
would be her Armageddon, his demise her albatross.Jacqueline Rose committed the premeditated murder of
a federal agent.
JACQUELINE ROSE committed the premeditated murder of a
federal agent. Crimson flames ravaged her mind amidst a haze of smoke – without
denial, she was acutely aware that she bore responsibility for the son of a
bitch’s apocalypse.His survival would
be her Armageddon, his demise her albatross. Update:
I have not updated in about a month. Editing is a process that takes many voices
and time. Every word choice, word placement and punctuation mark is part
of the story and must be examined with a microscope. So, this is what I have
been doing. Things go quiet and then editing has a question, which is usually simply
resolved. However, something’s are debated. During the quiet, I have completed
a first run at a new project and sent it off for review. Although, like
all writers I wear many hats, I try to keep my focus on the creativity.
Final Update to this post.
2014 has been a year already. Editing on the new thriller has gone sooothly and cover art is ready to be merged down. Scripts are completed for all three novels and I'm moving forward with the many projects at hand. Writing in any form is a challenge, pleasure and something not to be taken on lightly. To me a good writer is a combination of many things, a storyteller, a word lover, a researcher, a dreamer and relalist. May all those who write find the next story needing to be told and may readers find the hidden thrill waiting inside each and every book.