Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Doing something with my writing

I write now and then for a hobby.  I've done it for years and I've never had the commitment or belief in anything I've written to complete any of my stories.  Until now.

I write in a multiverse.  All the stories are intertwined - a major character in one story will crop up as a minor character in the next.  It's a bit of a cloying technique, but it's one that developed unintentionally when I wasn't sure how to develop a character.   I didn't know whether to kill him off or continue with a sequel.  In the end, I killed him in a fairly irrelevant scene in another book.

Anyway, since moving to America and having quite a lot of time on my hands while I wait for a work permit, I have delved back into my writing in an attempt to pass the time.  What I found was a collection of semi-completed stories that weren't actually all that bad.  So I have been taking the time to polish them up to the point where I think they might be readable.

What I plan to do is to publish the first three to four chapters of each of the books I'm working on right now.  Those are Satisfaction and Ghostwalker.  I'm also writing a novel called Infinite Diamond, but that one is on the back burner right now.

Satisfaction is a morality tale about a young guy who is more interested in getting laid than in his friends or his education.  It follows him as he makes some interesting decisions in his life and looks at how he deals with the consequences.  There's a fair chunk of sex in it,  some violence and a lot of swearing.

Ghostwalker is a thriller about a young man (not the same one) whose parents are murdered.  He attempts to find out who did it.  He's keen to find out since everybody, including the police, think he did it.

Infinite Diamond is a sci-fiction story  involving time to the Middle Ages.  I started writing it a few years ago, then I read Timeline by Michael Crichton.  That took the wind out of my sails.  I think it's sufficiently different to bring back to life though, depending on when I finish the first two.

Satisfaction is complete as of today; I'm getting a couple of people to proof read, and then I'm going to try and get it published.

Ghostwalker is complete in one draft, but it's terrible.  I'm rewriting it at the moment.  The rewrite is much, much better.  I'm not just saying that.  It's now readable; previously, it was so turgid it made me want to stick a screwdriver through my eye when I read it.  Now I can read it without feeling that urge, which I look at as a positive.  I'm sure most authors are their own harshest critics, but hopefully most don't write things that make them want to harm themselves with everyday household tools.

Over the next few posts I will put up the start of both Satsifaction and Ghostwalker.  I have no idea if anyone will read them, but if you do, feel free to comment or put forward any suggestions.  I'm not precious about my writing, and if someone suggests something that works better than what I've come up with, I'm not afraid to change things.  I've done it before and I'll do it again.

I'm aiming at the 18-24 market, but if you're not in that demographic (I'm not) and want to have a look, go for it.

If you do read this and my subsequent stories, thanks for taking the time.

PS If you're under 18, don't read Satisfaction, its rude.

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