Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Three of Three)

Blog No. 354

Continuation from Part Two

Warning. Spoilers ahead. This one has some really specific ones, so I urge you to read the book first, and that’s not just because I want to sell more of them. But, a little because of that.

20190504_152520I struggled with the descriptions in the tunnels with the sewer dwellers. It was one of the points that had to be edited with every draft until it was functional. It didn’t turn out how I wanted, but at that point, I needed it to make sense to a reader first. Also, getting the characters caught was easy, getting them free was hard. I knew about the scene in the locked room right from the beginning of the first draft, but to find an interesting way to get them free was tough. I feel like I copped out a little, and the mole creature is an obvious ripoff of so many things. The bugs, though. I felt really good about them. I needed to ramp up the stress and an out-of-the-fire threat fit the bill. It gave Dollard some good development too. Next, I had to brainstorm with Christian for the train tunnels and the monster within. I had ideas, but I was starting to feel the pressure of the book coming close to an ending (and the increasing length) so making a move was hard. Also, the monster in the tunnels was even less original than the mole, but I feel like the little bit of back story the characters glean from it help make it feel more interesting. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Three of Three)”

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Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Two of Three)

Bog No. 353

Continuation from Part One

Warning. Spoilers ahead. Even more than in Part One, but it’s mostly about Character stuff, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

20190409_172020As for the main characters, Reggie is me, Teal is that little (tiny, insignificant) outgoing aspect of myself that I developed from observing other extroverted people that I know (not least of which is my brother, but his personality is very different from Teal). To me, Reggie is uninteresting. He’s my proxy so, I see him as an idealized version of myself, though I tried to make sure he was flawed. I got some flack for his name. I was listening to a lot of Reggie and the Full Effect (a favourite musician/band of mine) and the name stuck. I struggle with names. Reggie was a tough choice, but I think it works. The name Teal came very easily. In fact, everything with Teal came easily. She was really fun to write (especially after the minimal characterization of Zed) and she let me say all the inappropriate (in terms of timing if not content) things that bring me secret joy. (If you ever see me laughing at nothing, it’s that Teal-like part of my brain saying something stupid that I find hilarious). I knew she would be divisive. She is an exaggerated version of several twenty-something women that I’ve known, so I figured those same people (older now) would either relate to her and love her, or find her insufferable and hate her. It’s been about a fifty-fifty split on the feedback so far. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: The Neon Heart (Part Two of Three)”

Behind the Writing: Shootout

Blog No. 267

cover-final-smallBefore you go any farther, you should have read the story Shootout from my new book, All These Crooked Streets. If not, get that book, read it (not just my story, they are all good) then come back and read this post. You don’t have to, but I like the little insider stuff like this, so maybe you will too. Last chance. If you keep reading, you may run into the dreaded SPOILERS. Turn back now while you still can! Continue reading “Behind the Writing: Shootout”

The Fifth Monday: Hard On’s Curse – Behind the Writing

Blog No 158

Behind the writing was an idea I came up wit back when we started Adventure Worlds. Other people have done similar things (it’s not like I invented it) but for the purposes of this blog, it was something I pushed for. The others weren’t convinced, and now I seem to be the only one sticking with it. Which is appropriate, since I was the only one interested in the first place. So now I’m doing them on my blog and I just finished the conclusion to Hard On’s Curse, and now I’m going to talk about it. So *spoilers* and all that. (http://adventureworldsblog.com/2015/03/29/the-fifth-monday-hard-ons-curse-complete/). Continue reading “The Fifth Monday: Hard On’s Curse – Behind the Writing”

Behind The Writing: November Snow

Blog No 107

With any good behind the writing, I start with the link to the original story so you can go read it and avoid any spoilers. Because, of course there will be spoilers.

http://adventureworldsblog.com/2014/12/01/november-snow/

I’ve never written anything like November Snow. I think I tried once in high school, but that was a long time ago (and I didn’t finished anything back then). The first person genera is a little bit of an odd duck. It is often ties with mystery or detective novels and I think that’s mostly because of Arthur Conan Doyle (are we supposed to call him sir?). While not all Holmes stories were in first person, many of the memorable ones were. By no means was he the first person to write in that way either, but you can’t take away from the reach of a character like Holmes (especially currently). While I wasn’t attempting to write anything like Sherlock Holmes (or any other Doyle story for that matter) I was planning on writing a detective story, so first person felt right. The pulp authors did it, so why shouldn’t I? Continue reading “Behind The Writing: November Snow”

Behind the Writing: Spider-man VS. Dracula

Blog No. 103

http://adventureworldsblog.com/2014/10/27/spider-man-vs-dracula/

Halloween happened! Halloween is one of my most favourite times of the year. Not only is the weather usually exactly what I like (usually), but dressing up, candy, and any excuse to have a good time, is right up my alley. This year I had another reason to be excited (as if I need one). Christian and I (and I think mostly Christian) came up with the idea to start a story together, than finish it on our own. We had talked about similar experiments before and Halloween seemed like the perfect time to give it a try. So that’s what we did. We came up with the basic idea of a couple of kids out trick-or-treating and each took it from there. Naturally they were dressed up as Spider-man and Dracula, and that’s where my title came from. I figured that lifelong enemies like that would end up fighting at some point, even if they are just kids. Continue reading “Behind the Writing: Spider-man VS. Dracula”