Howdy folks. I’m back again for the weekly post.
Well, the book is going well. We’re ready to start chapter seven as I write this. Editing has gone quickly, as things go. If we continue at this pace we’ll be ready somewhere in August, though there are things to consider then as well. Cover art is still needed, though there are ideas and rough outlines for such. Another would be the description. That’ll require a bit of work, at least for me, as I always find it difficult to give a summary without spoiling all the fun stuff.
To wet your palate, I can say this much without revealing everything. The book is about a drunk set in the world of Norse Mythology. A quest is given, and they stumble their way through. Serious and yet humorous, they meet many different types of people along the way. All the while basically making a nuisance of themselves.
That being said, my next book is coming along nicely. I’m already around 8% into the first draft, and I’m having fun. I’m not wholly sure how things in the middle are going to be, and I keep coming up with different notions before I realize they don’t fit in, but it keeps growing. And I think I can at least mention the co-author has started their own book as well. If things keep going this way we’ll both have our own books for you to read. I can’t say when, as we both have other commitments, but it appears as though the writing train keeps chugging along.
Currently I’m having a hard time finding a book to read. Yes, there are tons out there that I want to read, but I’ve limited myself to those that you can get with just the subscription fee for the kindle unlimited plan. I’ve read many a good book this last year doing this, though I’ve occasionally fell back to well known authors. Those tend to not be available without additional costs, and though I’ve enjoyed those as well, I’m trying to expand my horizons.
I’ve started a few recently, and had to set them aside. I’m trying not to be too picky, but there is one thing that gets me more than spelling errors, or confusing writing, and that is not being able to write people. This is a thing I think some writers struggle with.
What I mean by this simply is that while you might be able to write a single viewpoint, one which is presumably like your own, at times it’s difficult to view the world through another’s perspective. They won’t have the same information as your protagonist, nor the all seeing eye of the narrator. You must understand where they come from first, and write to that.
I find it frustrating when characters come to the right conclusion with limited information. Just because it’s true, in the story, doesn’t mean they’ll know that, or even guess it. Often times people refuse to see the world as it is, and are limited in their understanding based upon their life experiences. One won’t say, oh of course it’s aliens if they don’t have the right information. And even if they do have that information, people often times refuse to believe things based upon what they already think they know.
Humans are pattern seekers. If something doesn’t fit the pattern, they’ll force it, one way or another. This often times leads to the wrong conclusion. As a writer you have to understand that it takes a unique mind to see the truth. Especially if that truth is something out of the ordinary. But to even begin to see the truth, they’ll need the right information. Again, saying something is, is not enough for your character to think it’s the truth. There needs to be a reason they believe it.
With that I’ll leave you. I hope you all have a good week. TTFN
What I’ve published
Link to my author page on Amazon – http://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 TLDR: The book is 16% edited. And I’m 8% into the new novel.
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