Scenes and encounters

As a writer, I build scenes. As a game master, I build encounters. There are differences, but there are similarities too… Encounters and scenes have different requirements and components. I usually introduce outside characters and creatures in an encounter, but not as often in a scene. Scenes might focus on the actions of a singleContinue reading “Scenes and encounters”

Writing the Paranormal Novel approachable, straightforward, and useful

Writers need to be readers as well. And, if we’re going to be readers, it’s natural for us to talk about what we read. This week we’re looking at Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper. Is it perfect for everyone? Probably not. Is it useful for people who want to learn about writing? I’mContinue reading “Writing the Paranormal Novel approachable, straightforward, and useful”

The Great Gatsby

Previously, on Forever Mountain Publishing… I talked about reading Shadow of Ender and Enders Game as part of my ongoing study of character representation. I also said I’d read The Great Gatsby. Well, I did and I’m glad I did. There’s a lot you can learn from reading other people’s stuff. In the case ofContinue reading “The Great Gatsby”

NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference

Well dear reader, it’s true I’m doing a National Novel Writers Month project again this year. It’s also true that I was at a writers’ conference last week. And, to be honest, the writers’ conference both hindered and helped me in my thinking about NANO this year… Things that get in the way… My wifeContinue reading “NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference”

Side stories and tangents

Yes, dear reader, I’ve been editing again. And editing has gotten me thinking. Sometimes a book has too many b, c, d, etc. stories. If you have too many side stories and tangents, it’s easy for a reader to get lost. But sometimes there are too few. Some stories are pretty relentless in following aContinue reading “Side stories and tangents”

An update… Or lack of one…

We all have to wait occasionally dear reader. And let’s be honest, waiting is hard. Last October I submitted my book Names and Secrets for publication. The time line for response was 12-16 weeks. Well, as I’m writing this, we have officially hit the 16-week mark and… I have heard nothing! But that’s not aContinue reading “An update… Or lack of one…”

And then there were three…?

This month I started editing Identity and Birthright a sequel to Names and Secrets, the book I submitted for publication in October. This week I made a hard decision about the book: I’m splitting it into two manuscripts. During the editing of Names and Secrets, I made the hard choice to leave several chapters onContinue reading “And then there were three…?”

It can be done!

This week I submitted my book Names and Secrets for publication. The first draft was written as a NANOWRIMO project last November, meaning the total time from first word to last gasp was 11 ½ months. So dear reader, you really can create a book in less than a year. Now, the time from publisherContinue reading “It can be done!”

Nano success, it can happen!

October 2020 is an important month for me, the NANOWRIMO project I started in November 2019 will go to the publisher this month, just in time for me to start the sequel as my NANO project for 2020! While this isn’t my first NANOWRIMO project to see print, it is the one with the shortestContinue reading “Nano success, it can happen!”

NANO is coming…

I know. It’s still six weeks out. But the time to prep for National Novel Writing Month is now, while it is six weeks out. Writing a novel is a serious endeavor. It takes effort. For many of us, it takes planning. Even if you’re a “pantser” who’ll start on November 1st with a blankContinue reading “NANO is coming…”