No more word count until the next book; volume 3 is done and being edited.
Thanks to All Who Bought Echo! And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, and Alice for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!! Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!
News: I am very, very, VERY sick of reading Echo, Volume 3. I’ve gotten to that point where I’m pretty sure everything is good, but I can’t decide if everything is PERFECT. That’s when I believe it’s time to do one more pass, and then hit the “publish” button. So that’s my plan—read it one more time, then send it out for you guys to read it.
Why did this one take that long (10 months as opposed to the 6 which I was aiming for)? That simple question invokes a complicated answer. Let’s start with this often-tossed around phrase: “Write what you know.” Who does that work for? A guy like Hemingway is who that phrase works for; that man lived twenty lifetimes during the course of his 61 odd years. But let’s take Stephen King, or George Lucas, Scott Snyder…anyone who writes about the fantastical. Do these guys “know” what it is to be a gunslinging knight, a Jedi, or Batman? Nope. So I’d alter that phrase to: “START with writing what you know.” And then, if you are a writer, you will use what ifs and maybes and possiblys to sketch out these imaginal wonders that the kids in our hearts so desperately want to see.
And to further qualify the phrase, “START with writing what you know,” I’d say start with the things that make you human. This is why it’s important for writers to study the details, the patterns, the predictabilities, all that. Darth Vader is essentially a pissed off guy who brought about his own misery. Batman was wronged like we’ve all been wronged at some point (maybe not at that magnitude), and then decided to do everything in his power to try and prevent it from happening to others. And Roland Deschain….heh, he’s a special case, but we’ve all been a little fantastically single-minded and skilled and magnificent at one point, haven’t we? These guys all have a relatable and understandable core which we’ve all seen play out in smaller, less operatic scales. So, that wraps up my point: “START with writing what you know.”
Which jumps me to Echo 3. Yeah, I STARTED with a little of what I knew, but it quickly spiraled to what I DIDN’T know. What do I know about knife-fights, piloting giant robots, and dual-wielding pistols while mowing down hundreds? I’ll tell you right now: I know nothing about any of those. And that’s where a writer makes his/her bread and butter. Once you START, now it’s on you to become whoever it is you previously didn’t know about, and transmit that person’s experience as faithfully and authentically on to the page as possible. In order to do this, (IMHO), it requires the writer to think of not only why someone is reprehensible, but why a reprehensible someone would see the world as they do. More than just condemning people, a writer must strive to not just understand them, but BE them. It’s a process, I feel, that verges on the spiritual in that it requires one to set aside Ego, as well as everything they staunchly consider “right” and “wrong” or any such extrapolation of those words, and just think: “How did this person get where they are? And why would they go where I want to send them?”
So. Echo 3. There’s a lot in here that was way outside my scope. I had to forcibly expand my perspective and adopt perspectives that were completely foreign to me. I felt that it was a valuable learning experience, and I honestly think that that’s what writing’s all about. I mean yeah, you can basically write the same book over and over with different names and altered events, but real writing? Man, real writing’s not just about different names, different events, different this or different that….it’s about different WORLDS. And it’s about different ways of seeing those worlds.
So. That’s why—I think—this one took longer.
Anyways, as I said: One more pass through it, and then it’s yours to applaud or condemn. Thank you guys who’ve read my other stuff…Thank You SO Much! And if you are a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing! 🙂