Here’s a dirty secret: I wrote this blog months ago — in September, in fact. I’m doing that because right now, in the month of November, I am pouring all of my energy and effort into participating in National Novel Writing Month (or “NaNoWriMo”). I am planning so far ahead because maintaining my regular content is almost as important as the material that I am writing for novels and short stories.
To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, I’ve decided to share some of the “trade secrets,” or things you might not have expected to go into writing a novel — specifically for “Broken Promise Records.” I am doing that because I want to encourage all of the potential writers to convert their potential momentum into kinetic momentum. I don’t think I’ve ever made it a secret, but I think that there is enough creative energy out there for all of us and I want to do my part to give you all of the resources that I can. Continue reading “Trade Secrets: Writing “Broken Promise Records””
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The process of writing Broken Promise Records has been a real experience; it’s an experience that expanses over years, states, cities, and who I am as a whole. When the book began, all I had to work with was an idea, and borrowed time. When the book was finished, I was certain that I wasn’t the guy who started writing the book. Life had happened in between the first words being typed on a Google Doc and the ability to purchase the book. At the very least, I can say that my initial efforts, while seeming insurmountable, did come to fruition. I finished the project, and that’s a huge ordeal for me.
“BPR” is the first writing project of mine that didn’t begin with a written outline, or careful notes. It started with a character that I identified with, in a head space that I had been before, and the common hope that he and I could change existing circumstance. It was a very surreal experience, how some of the characters came together and fell apart. Lori Marshall is a character in the book who kind of told me how her story was going to go.