Sunday, February 19, 2012

Some brief notes and updates:

Bullet Rain, a short story I wrote for an anthology that never came about, will be released as an Ebook in the near future. I'm still working on that.

The Sheltering Tree, the third John Logan novel is in the editing phase and I'm awaiting to hear back to see how badly I messed up.

I've come a long way from the would-be writer who thought that a good writer got it perfect the first time. I've learned that no writer gets that prose right the first time. Writing a book is a long and ofttimes meticulous process that requires going back and fixing things. A scene that you wrote yesterday and thought it was perfect at the time will come back in the morning light to reveal a slew of bad grammar, punctuation, passive voice, or a host of other things. A scene that seemed to fit so good into your story last night will suddenly become a major plot problem or will create a plot hole big enough to drive a truck through.

Admittedly, there are a few (and I mean few) writers who write pretty clean prose the first time around. Lawrence Block (by his own admission) comes to mind but, come on, he's been doing this for fifty years.

Saturday was a busy day as I painted the living room. The kitchen is scheduled for next Saturday so we'll see how it goes. I'm taking Sunday easy--church and writing and hockey. It's back to the office tomorrow because (and this may surprise you) many of us writers have day jobs.

So have a good week. Read a good book and I'll talk to you soon.

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