Collaboration is interesting

Another week has passed, and another round of writing has filled the pages of the ever-growing novel.

It’s a funny thing the way I’m writing with another. They’ve taken it upon themself to write further into the story than where I’m currently. Jumping ahead to scenes that interest them, and continue from there, I’m left with filling in the gaps between.

I’ve nearly caught up, but it’ll still be several thousand words before I’m there, then I can tackle the story where they are. I do go through and read everything they write, and attempt to fill in anything missing, and do a bit of rewording, just because I get a bit particular with how things are said.

But as I’ve said, this whole venture is interesting. Now I’ve worked with this person in the past, as they were apart of the group of people who helped me from my very first novel to edit, and have been very helpful when I find myself stuck on a particular section of writing, so I already knew they had good ideas. It’s just fun to see them put to page ideas of their own.

We’ve only butted heads once, and that was at the characterization of a particular character. Listen to what they said, I realized they were right, and did my best to change it, though they did even more with said character themselves. But it isn’t as challenging as you might think to write with another. I trust their judgement, and so far that has led to an even speeder growth of words than I myself could hope to have done in my limited time at home.

The fact that this whole story grew from a brainstorming session one evening, then grew ever larger. For fun we would talk about it, and it eventually grew into what we thought could be a novel. Now all that is left is to write it all out, and of course go back through and edit until we are satisfied.

But that is all I have for you today. I’ll talk with you next Monday.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

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Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 47% of first draft complete.

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Reading Heinlein’s Biography

As promised, I have returned. So what has a week been like for me you might ask?

First I’ve felt rather tired lately. Not unheard of for me, but I thought I had gotten over that hump, and had looked forward to writing much more than I have. Unfortunately I didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything.

I was able to see friends, though not all that I had wanted to. They too have been writing, and it was fun to talk about that. And also long conversations about books we’ve read, and who our favorite characters were was amusing. The reason for each is telling, at least for me.

Also I completed the second volume of Robert A. Heinlein’s biography.  Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better by William H. Patterson Jr. A fantastic collection of Heinlein’s history, though I did find it rather dry in places.

I had read the first volume years ago, and had been waiting for the price to go down for the second. Either that or I was just being cheap. Anyway I picked it up for Kindle and was reading it on my phone when I could get the chance. It took me far longer to get through this one than I expected. I felt the first volume did a better job of telling his life as a story than this one, as this particular volume delved into great detail in every aspect of Heinlein’s life after he met his final wife Ginny(Virginia) Heinlein.

If I were to take one thing away from this book it is how important his wife was to his writing. Yes the man could sit down and pump out story after story, but much of the idea’s and conclusions that can be found in each book came from her. She was his first reader, first editor, and also many times the person who encouraged him to write something.

That all being said would I recommend someone to read these biographical novels? Only if you are hugely into Heinlein. I would say the first book showed much of what was going on in the world at the time, more so than the second, and it makes an interesting time piece. The world was different, but of course change happens. It’s interesting to see how it did, and where we come from. I loved it, though it took time to get through. The second however feels like a list of things that happened in chronological order. It does get better in places, but for the most part it does its job of relating information, and has little emotion behind its words. You can tell how much passion the author had for the material, as there is so much in here, but it doesn’t do as good of a job making Heinlein feel like a person as the first one did.

Well I’m finished today, so I’ll see you all next Monday.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 41% of first draft complete.

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A little slow down, but still speeding on to the end

Writing took a bit of a hit last week. I found myself in need of sleep more than I did the previous times and that messed with my ability to find time for writing.

Unfortunately my schedule is such that if I don’t get to bed almost immediately after work I’ve not time to sit down in front of the computer. Merely waking up to eat and shower before heading out isn’t conducive to a good writing schedule.

That all being said there was some writing being done, and of course research. Sadly most of that research isn’t playing a part of the writing yet. I’m not even sure if I’m going to implement what I learned just yet.

This particular book is in a quasi fantasy realm, but being who I am I like to explain things in a reasonable way, if not fully scientifically. That can make it hard when you are dealing with fantastic creatures and powerful entities, but I still try.

The co-author has done their job quite well, and after a few brainstorming sessions I think we know where were headed. We even talked about the best ending, and may have come up with a perfect one. One that matches what we set out to do, and fills out more of our original notion of where the story is heading.

They also did a bit of writing, and I’ve taken to reading through it before I make my own contributions. Which does slow down the process, but certainly makes things easier when you’ve got a map set before you, and you know exactly where you’re heading.

Hopefully I’ll get to writing more this week, but that’ll depend on the amount of sleep I can get, and if my body allows me to feel rested when I wake up.

Have a good week, I’ll see you next Monday.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 34.5% of first draft complete.

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Take a look, it’s on the internet

Still I’m writing. Doesn’t sound too hard does it? I mean, get up, review what was written the day before, then continue the story. But really is that all there is to it?

Not really. Much of my time spent writing is research. Every time I set out to write something I also spend the majority of the time finding out something new and interesting. I know way too much about way too many things. But I think that’s part of the fun of writing.

Google, or any search engine, is your friend. Wikipedia also is very useful, and there are so many things written by people. Going through everything is a chore. An enjoyable chore, one that lets me know more and more about this world, and the strange passions people have.

Anything you can think of, you can search for it. And with great frequency you’ll see someone has an entire page dedicated to discussing it. Or several hundred people have several hundred pages dedicated, or even forums set up just to talk about it.

I’m not speaking about anything specific because I think it spoils the effect when you point a single thing out. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of information you can find about any one thing. And the fact that most people go about their lives ignorant to the notion that knowledge is there at your finger tips. Not just information about your favorite movie or television show, but how matter works, or how distant space really is. Or even funnily enough how to make just about anything you can think of.

Need a table, well guess what, there’s several articles out there how to make one. Want a new desk, well guess what, here’s how you do it. Written with great care and step by step instructions. These are simple things, and you might need tools, but you still can. If everything just stopped working in the world, or if you are left the only person alive in this world, as long as this information is there you’d still do quite well. That is if you are willing to put in the work.

And that is what writing is to me. Work, but enjoyable work. I learn something new everyday, and I try to apply what I know to what I’ve learned and make some sort of story out of it. Researching how people lived in the past, which is really interesting, can shape a narrative more than anything.

So even if you aren’t writing, take the time and learn a new thing. Just jump on Wikipedia and have it search for a random article. It’s a fascinating thing to do for a few hours every week. Maybe it’ll help you, or maybe it’ll just be entertaining. Or maybe you’ll think it’s all stupid, but there’s something to be said for the fact that people took the time to compile the information.

Grow, learn, be smarter. Have fun.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 31% of first draft complete.

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