Fiction. It's fiction. But it's fiction based on fact. There's two weeks to go until Noah squares off against someone hellbent on imitating Jack the Ripper, and while working on a few final things I stumbled across a picture I had taken when I was writing the first (or second or third) draft of the book and it made me chuckle so I figured I'd share it.
There's always a huge debate in every community about something or other. In writing, one of the big ones is whether or not to outline. I'll be frank - I hate outlining. I think it's annoying and I just don't like it. That being said, I can see where it has its benefits and I know plenty of writers who swear by it. Once again this highlights the key idea of: find what works for you and just do that. But, in order to keep some semblance of a coherent post let's just focus on the debate between writing with an outline and then just typing whatever words come into your head as you go.
That ridiculous mess you see in the picture is not an outline. In fact, if I had used an outline I probably could have avoided aforementioned ridiculous mess and spent a lot less time making sure everything made sense and a lot more time writing fresh words. It's not that I needed an outline for Jack Be Quick, I needed a calendar.
See, Jack the Ripper killed 5 women in Whitechapel London during the year 1888. I knew from the beginning that if I was going to have an antagonist who wanted nothing more than to be dear old Jack then I needed to have the dates in my book reflect the dates in real life. Well that's all fine and great until the other layers of the story start building. Events need to happen, plot twists (maybe) ; ) and a few other things, but they needed to happen at certain times and in ways that made sense. Hence, my scribbled calendar notes above. If I had used an outline, well, this calendar page would have been done before the book was drafted not during. My choice not to use an outline however led to an extensive rewrite of over half the novel. I don't consider that a bad thing though. Rewriting parts of the story allowed me to spend more time with it, which in turn allowed me to see things a little differently, and hopefully make them better. But, that is for you to decide.
And just a quick little note: thank you to those who have pre-ordered Jack Be Quick. Your enthusiasm is amazing and I love every bit of it. If you haven't and you're interested head over to this link: Jack Be Quick Pre-Order and do it. The good folks at Owl Hollow Press have some pretty slick bonuses up for grabs.
Until next time.
So I never thought I would be signing anything. . . You know, aside from bills. But here I am, signing book plate stickers for Jack Be Quick pre-orders! It's kind of unreal, especially seeing as it hasn't hit me yet that I have a book coming out. Let alone one coming out in three weeks.
I think the biggest thing I've learned through out this entire process is the amount of work that goes into a book after it's written. It really is unbelievable. I owe a big deal of thanks to the people at Owl Hollow Press for all the support and the incredible work that they are doing both on social media and behind the scenes. I know it's been talked about a million times before in author interviews and writer podcasts so I won't go on some long ramble about it, but it's kind of a shell shock to take an introvert who doesn't like being around a bunch of people and put attention on them. Though that's the goal of writing and publishing a book right? To get people to read it? To put it in the spotlight? Moral of the story. . . people and the things we do don't make any sense whatsoever.
But what does make sense? Pre-ordering Jack Be Quick and getting a bunch of goodies. I can't tell you everything you'll get, but I can tell you Owl Hollow Press will take good care of you and your fascination with a good thriller staring a Jack the Ripper copycat. So, if you want to get your hands on signed book plates, along with . . . wait a minute, I just said I can't tell you that. Nice try though. Head on over to
https://www.amazon.com/dp/194565404X/ and do the thing!
See what I did there? Looks easy but it's not. Just kidding. Anyways. . . So, one of the difficulties with working on a project that has a lot of dark subject matter or battered characters is the need to put yourself in their shoes. After all, you want the emotions your conveying to feel organic. Dialogue shouldn't be forced. But to do this you need to get into a certain mood.
So how do you get into a mood when there's killers and addiction and the threat of your world crashing down around you (and no watch the news is not the answer)? Music. The all powerful entity that floods our ears on a daily basis. There was a year back in college where we made it a point to go to at least once concert a month. We ended up hitting something like 17 or 18 that year maybe more who knows. After awhile the months blend together.
Not only does music help us feel and empathize, it helps us endure and survive. So, I thought it would be a cool idea to share the soundtrack that Jack Be Quick was written to. Sure there were other tunes but these are the twelve that were on repeat almost every day. They range from acoustic and mellow to hardcore screamo rock so, listener beware ; )
Lots to cover and little space to do it. Actually I have all the space / time in the world but it's attention spans that we have to worry about. Where to begin? Okay, exciting news first. The cover has officially been released for Jack Be Quick and I couldn't be more thrilled with the way it turned out. So, without further ado:
Right? I'm pumped. The details for the actual book launch are rolling in and I'm working on setting up a page for events in hopes that I'll have one or two in New England as well. Speaking of setting things up. . . After almost a decade of not being on the social media platform known as facebook. . . I guess I'm on facebook. But it's only an author page so it really doesn't count. . . I'm going to tell myself it doesn't count. If you're on facebook and feel like stopping by it's at facebook.com/jigsawkid7 yeah, I kept the juvenile tag I use for twitter too because, well, I'm still a juvenile : )
But, in other adulting news, there's a newsletter signup now for the site that I'm hoping to have out every few months, maybe quarterly? I don't know. But you can sign up via email either on the side of the blog here or on my home page. I hope you do! I won't spam your inbox I promise!
Okay, how about some twenty-word reviews? In my efforts to finally reach my goal of reading 24 books in one year I've gotten to 6 (although two of them were novellas so I guess technically it's really 5). But I'm counting it.
Thanks for hanging round! Hope it wasn't too painful. Till next time ; )