Category: darklight

World building can be a bugbear

It’s always entertaining to see how different authors handle world building. In case you didn’t know, any story needs to paint a backdrop. The closer the world is to our own, the easier this can be. Adventures on alien planets with alien beings wielding alien artifacts can be the worse. I have been reading The…


Editing Darklight left and right

It is about three weeks from the Clarksville Writers Conference. My wife and I are signed up. As part of this endeavor, I have pledged to complete a top to bottom edit of Darklight. It is tough. I have been writing this novel for about five years. The last big push was about two years…


I saw something beautiful today… /cc @sarat1701

Last night’s writing prompt: I saw something beautiful today… *** I step out onto the driveway. The smell of gasoline fills my nostrils. Today is perfect. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. No rain for two days. I can see blades of grass spread across the entire backyard. No dandelions. Looks like that…


Show don’t tell and character POV

Among the great feedback I’m getting from a couple generous beta readers, I’m getting a real primer on show-don’t-tell. In case you haven’t heard, there is an old mantra in writing. Instead of having the characters enunciate what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling, i.e. telling, you instead show what’s happening. There are many reasons…


How important is the title of your book?

I have found titles the first step in my desire of whether or not to read a particular book. It isn’t the whole choice, but I can remember strong titles like “Foundation” and “Dune”. I came to the Jack Reacher series by way of the movie, so the title had less impact on me there….


Nose to the grindstone writing Neophyte’s beat sheet

I previously talked about first thoughts of a sequel to Darklight. So far, I drafted the opening hook. This is basically the part of the book where you set the tone and try to rope in a potential reader by “hooking” them such that they can’t put it down. You want someone to pick up…


“Vaetra Untrained” is out!

One of my beta readers, Daniel Marvello, has recently released Vaetra Untrained, the second book in his Vaetra Chronicles trilogy. You can get it right now! Daniel has offered me much advice and support as I work on my own dream of writing and publishing my fictional trade novel Darklight. I’m not a big fantasy…


Darklight: The Sequel

I’ve been fumbling around with thoughts in my head about a possible sequel to Darklight. Today as I mowed the lawn, a time I often find myself reflecting on things, I had more succinct, concrete ideas float into my mind. So I started to write them down. At first I drafted a page inside my…


Darklight is released to my beta readers!

After working on Darklight for the past two years, a novel that has floated around in my mind in different forms for probably twenty years, it felt great sending copies of it out to my beta readers. Now comes the hard part: waiting. I hate it when you have to wait for feedback. I have…


The hunger for Darklight returns

Seven weeks. That’s how long Darklight has been sitting on the shelf since I finished it. I had started working on a couple overused expressions I had to fix. But believe me when I tell you that is NOT exciting. Writing a finale is awesome; fixing typos is boring. So I put it on the…