So. The dream becomes a reality. On the 22nd of this month (June) in the year of our Lord 2018, my debut novel ‘Their Last Words’ is released unto the world by Joffe Books and will be exclusive to Amazon. After some deliberations with regards to the cover, it was finally decided by the good citizens of Facebook that this is the cover to grace the story. I hope you like it. Go out and grab yourself a copy and disturb your sleep patterns.
So….I’ve almost finished book 3 now and I’m pretty much near where I wanted to be in terms of word count. I went back over it and realised that I’d need to put in a few more chapters to explain a few things and tie a few ends up and that, coupled with a growing realisation that I’m more of a tell-er as opposed to a show-er, got me to re-think one or two of the scenes.
Now, I know that the conventional wisdom is to show rather than tell and, for the most part, I’m good with that but I’ve noticed that so many authors drag their stories out with sooooooo much description that it does nothing but point me in the direction of the nearest sofa to get my head down for half an hour. Hands up who gives a rat’s arse what colour the sugar shaker is? Anyone care what the pattern on the carpet is? I fu#king don’t! All I care about is the story and how it engages me and whilst I can understand that some people like to flower up their prose and find clever analogies, I’d rather say that the ‘shotgun blast cut him in two.’ Doesn’t need to say how the blood matched the curtains or how ‘the spray of blood reminded him of a Jackson Pollack bestseller’. We all know what happens when someone cops a shotgun blast at close quarters, don’t we? We’ve all seen enough Arnie Schwitz-Swhazzzen- Shwartzer- that Terminator bloke- to know what happens.
So,it seems to me that the best writers have nailed the art of balancing their show ‘n’ tell and got it just about right- enough showing but not so much that I’m off for a kip. Balance is the key here ladies and gentlemen, balance. I guess that takes awareness. I’m off to become more aware.
Well, I’m past the first hurdle. I imagine I got the editing changes right on Book #2 because it hasn’t come back for another fiddle and has now moved on to finding a title and a cover. Soon, people, soon.
I’ve finished the first draft of my third book and, as I mentioned earlier, it’s come up a bit light in the word department. Whilst I initially freaked out I got around to realising that I’d missed out some important stuff (who does that?) and correcting it as I go. But, with this one, I’m wavering with the ending. Just when I think I’ve got it worked out in my head I go and get a different idea pop up! And so I’m going back and forth with endings.
Today’s ending was, I think, the one I’m going to go with because I may have figured out a way to take my two boys off of this Sceptred Isle for a short while.
We shall see…
Right. I’ve done my editing so I’m sending it off to Joffe tomorrow and keeping my fingers crossed that it’s good enough to move forward to the next stage which I believe will be copyediting and proofreading. After that, a cover, some blurb and off we go (I think!).
Oh, while I’m at it, I’ve also been writing my third book and that’s near to completion so now I’m planning out my fourth. Does anybody else use the same sort of hi-tec solutions to planning out a book as me?