Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Writing Wednesday: So I Dress It Up With Sound to Make It Easier to Get Down

*the sound of a golden trumpet echoes throughout the hills*

*Writing Wednesday appears on horseback, sword held aloft*

*charges into the morass of glinting steel below*

What I'm Reading

I am about 60% (thanks, Kindle!) of the way through Joe DeRouen's Small Things. It's a fun little horror novel about two kids being pursued by a nasty beasty that claims they have something it wants. Shawn Spencer's friend Tanner just died in a suspicious and tragic drowning accident, which Tanner's sister Jenny claims was caused by a monster. Soon the two are investigating into Tanner's death to find the cause and see if it's at all related to the time Tanner and Shawn broke into the local haunted house.

I met Joe a couple months ago at an event at the Rogers Public Library, but I'm not promoting it because I know him. I like it. It's that "small town, dark supernatural stuff afoot" kind of horror that doesn't get written much anymore.

At the risk of making this sound like a goddamned commercial, you can actually buy his book for super cheap on the Kindle (like, $0.99), and then get the Audible audiobook for only $1.99 more, which, as I said on Twitter, is such a good deal, it's practically criminal to Joe. And yet, what better circumstance to try out a new author, eh?

What I'm Writing

I've finally finished outlining Werewolf Bar Mitzvah: Spooky! Scary! (not the real title) a couple weeks ago, and I've officially begun writing the book. It's definitely scary to be writing a novel. Like, it feels so official, even though I've already resigned myself to the fact that it will be warmed up yak piss when it's done. That doesn't mean I'm not trying, but it is my first novel, y'know? It's gonna be rough.

But it's fun!

What Works for Me

Outlining, apparently.

I've never completed an outline before. In the past, I've gotten frustrated outlining stuff because it just read like a series of scenes. But this time, after I came up with a few scenes, I started trying to figure out how these scenes linked together. I also tried to come up with milestone scenes, and then plot scenes that lead to those important scenes. It worked--in that I've got an outline that doesn't make me go blind with rage when I look at it.

And it's helped (so far) with writing. It helps me get started if I know, roughly, what I want to accomplish in the scene I'm working on and how that ties into the work as a whole.

Again, first book. Not expecting much, but I can't help but sort of analyze the journey from inside as it happens. So...yeah...WRITING!

What Else I've Been Up To

Not much. I can't even watch The Daily Show anymore. I almost don't know what to do with myself. If The Nightly Show went off as well, I'd probably lose my gourd.

In light of that, we watched a few episodes of Bob's Burgers. It's cute. I like it. I expected it to be like The Simpsons and Family Guy, but if it is like The Simpsons, it's like the early episodes when the characters felt like they cared about each other and it was the story of their lives rather than the characters just being a vessel through which wacky shenanigans can occur.

In other news, I went out on a limb and took a couple of chances professionally a while back, but neither seemed to have paid off. *shrug* They were long shots, and I didn't really expect them to, so I'm not too broken up about it. I'll just keep plugging away at my book.


How have things been for you?