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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Friday, September 11, 2020

SEASONS OF A BOOK by Warren Bull

 SEASONS OF A BOOK by Warren Bull




When I write I find the climate of a book changes over the course of writing. I usually start with a character who knocks on my consciousness to say he or she has a story they want to share. Depending on factors I cannot identify, the character supplies me with an event or a quote or a scene. My task is to excavate around the bit showing to find out what the story is about.


With my current work in progress, I finished a rough draft of the complete book. After that, I was pleased when a secondary character explained why other characters were behaving in such ruthless and violent ways. Before her revelation, I knew how they acted, but not why they acted the way they did. Only now does the book make sense.


 I know I’m not the only one who works in this fashion. Not long ago a writer friend exclaimed happily to me, “Now I finally know what the book is about.” She worked through at least three complete rewrites of her material before finding out.


Other characters have been stopping by in my head to point out errors such as when ten guards suddenly became twenty guards. One character had two different names. I needed an additional character for one scene who then supplied essential information in a later scene. A character I thought I would need was superfluous. I whisked that person away.  Characters have been elaborating on events I wrote about and suggesting clarifications where needed.  My third-grade math teacher always wanted me to “show your work.” I hear her voice often when I revise. Of course, I know why character A hates character B, but my readers don’t know until I tell them…explicitly. 


I think the heavy digging is done. I uncovered the skeleton, then the characters started adding flesh and muscles to the bones. Tendons, lungs, and heart can’t be far ahead. Thanks, everybody. Yes, I will expand that conversation and remove this unnecessary detail.


I have to go now. My characters are calling.


Kait said...

Ah, the voices in a writer's head. Well said, Warren.

Annette said...

Sounds a lot like my process too.

Jim Jackson said...

I agree that my characters ultimately inform me what I was REALLY writing about underneath all the action. Good luck with your next draft, Warren.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Time for coffee with my characters.

Susan said...

Interesting description, Warren, of how books come to life.