When we love a story, when a book stays with us for days (or decades) we know that it “works.” What we mean by that is that the story fulfilled specific desires (based on the genre/tone of that novel). But how does one story work and another fail?
Of course there’s always some subjectivity on the matter, but overall we do seem to share a “communal objectivity” about a tale either soaring or flopping. Tastes vary, but we still recognize the difference (more…)
January 8, 2014 | Categories: ►The Craft of Writing | Tags: art, artists, author, Book, fantasy, fiction, horror, Larry Brooks, novel, story, story engineering, story planning, structure, writer, writing | 4 Comments
Graeme Brown is a Fantasy author in Canada, and he asked about my life as a writer. If your boredom has reached Mount Everest proportions, go check it out HERE.
January 2, 2014 | Categories: ►After Life (novel), ►The Craft of Writing | Tags: After Life, art, author, Book, Christianity, Daniel Ionson, dark fantasy, fantasy, Graeme Brown, horror, interview, novel, publishing, writer, writing | 3 Comments
Want to get rich quick? Be famous with a life of ease? Then being an author is a terrible move for you.
Virtually all of the money which makes it into a writer’s pocket goes to a tiny fraction of the authors. For every Stephen King and John Grisham out there, there are thousands of (more…)
(It’s dark because it’s buried under a bunch of junk in the garage.)
OK, I guess the secret’s out now… I do have a superpower. Thanks a lot, Lois Lane– I mean, Vicki Vale– I mean, Skiffy & Fanty for blowing my cover.
December 17, 2013 | Categories: ►After Life (novel), ►Spare Thoughts | Tags: author, Books, Daniel Ionson, fantasy, horror, humor, medieval, mystery, novels, publish, writer, writers, writing | Leave a comment
Happy to have set my brain on fire this weekend. I have, after 9 weeks of planning a series (a septology), begun Draft One of book one.
This septology is an epic (I loathe how this word has been kidnapped by the equivalent of neo-valley-girls) dark medieval Fantasy series. I’m hoping that my skills as an author have improved to the point (more…)
We all have a method to our novel-writing (even if we’ve never charted it out). These are the 7 steps I go through before I begin Draft One.
[Note: I have no illusions that this is my creation. I simply absorbed the ideas of multiple veteran writers and synthesized them into a working model for myself.]
1) Pure Musing
- After getting the seminal idea for the story, I spend time concentrating on it, but (more…)
December 11, 2013 | Categories: ►The Craft of Writing | Tags: Arts, author, charting, craft of writing, draft, Enneagram, fantasy, fantasy books, fantasy novels, fantasy writing, Fiction writing, Larry Brooks, novel, story, Subconscious, Subconscious Programming, writer, Writer Resources, writers | 11 Comments
Thanks to the folks at There and Draft Again for giving away critique prizes. I won a First 5K word critique by K.L. Schwengel.
She wrote, and I love that she asked how brutally honest I wanted her to be. I told her to unload both barrels. This is what helps us grow as writers, hearing unveiled honesty from those in the know.