Doing What I Do
"How do you write?"
More than anything, that's the question I find myself answering again and again.
How do I write.
Surprisingly, it's a fairly easy question for me to answer.
I begin with the titles. Since I tend to think of my books as parts of a series, I usually get the titles set right off the bat. And those titles often give me a clue as to how the story will move book by book and what I'll be writing.
Then I'll sit down and jot down notes about character, narrative, plot points. I'll figure out if what I have in my head is actually something that could work. If it doesn't -- and sometimes it really, really doesn't --, I toss it out, knowing something better will come along.
If it does work -- yay! --, I then figure out how best to strengthen it. How to build it, brick by brick, so that whatever the story is, I know it'll have the legs it needs to stand through three full-length books.
After all that, the real work begins.
Having the title, the narrative, the characters, the What of what I'm writing and the How of the foundation, I start to break it into sections, and then those sections into chapters. Usually by now I'll have potential opening lines and closing lines for chapters. Not always, but sometimes.
By this point, the map in place, I sit down and write, knowing full well that, despite the careful plotting and planning, the foundation I've built and the chapters I've mapped, what ends up on the page may be drastically different than what I thought it would be.
But that's okay. The narrative is the same, it's just the journey that's changed. And if the narrative and the characters have solid foundations, the book won't collapse because it ends up being somehow different than I anticipated.
At the end of the day, even with careful planning, not even I know what's going to happen.
And that's why I love Doing What I Do.
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Bookworm Babblings –
Martuk ... the Holy
Genre: Horror, Literary Horror
Number of pages: 446
Word Count: 89,000
Cover Artist: Timothy Burch
In a crowded Left Bank cafe, an immortal man sits, the phantoms crawling near, the heat of their whispers stinging his cheek ...
and Martuk ... The Holy begins.
One thousand years before the birth of Christ, a golden god damns Martuk with a kiss. In a land ruled by a wounded king, life everlasting steals his mortality from the bottom of a golden cup. Finally, generations later, a Messiah who has the power to heal breaks under the weight of Martuk's demons, stumbling to his death defeated by darkness.
From his home in modern Paris, he writes, his memories lush, his words evocative. Revisiting his impossible life, he vents his rage and shares his loneliness. From bloody battles with a demon he cannot escape to the ghost of a beauty who haunts him still, this is his story.
This is Martuk ... The Holy.
About the Author:
Screenwriter, playwright, actor, and now award-winning author, Jonathan Winn was born in Seattle, WA, and currently divides his time between the East and West coasts. Martuk ... The Holy is his first book.
Blog - http://martuktheholy.com
Twitter - http://twitter.com/Jonathan_Winn
Facebook - http://facebook.com/MartukTheHoly