I'm not really very good at blogging, the word 'blog' sounds like something you would do on the toilet and hence gives me a rather unpleasant feeling. However blogs seem to be very popular and I have recently been told by a dear friend that I really need to utilize this blog, so here it goes.
I am often asked 'How do you write a book?' That is a very good question and when I figure it out I'll let you know. What I do know is this. My first book, "Is Homosexuality a Sin?" basically wrote itself. It is a research book and has very little literary creativity in it. I simply took the information and wrote it into a logical format. I followed the formatting style that I am accostomed to reading in all of the research books and articles that I have read throughout the years. Hence it was as easy as writing a recipe, A + B mixed with C = Done.
Other books are not as simple to explain. I will try by telling you how I wrote the first literary book. It is called "Fallyn's World". First let me tell you the circumstances I was in. It was October and I was told by my Doctor that I needed to have my Gall Bladder out. We set the appointment for the first of November.
After the operation I was not going anywhere. I was extremely uncomfortable and bored out of my skull. One can only watch so much TV before ones I.Q. begins to decline. I was checking out a new program sponsored by Amazon, looking for a way to get my first book IHAS published. I found a contest. The contest was simple, write a book of at least 50,000 words in one month. At the end of the month submit the manuscrip, uncut and unedited for review and see if you can win a contract. I didnt win the contract but I did open up a whole new world of writing for myself, so in a way I won much more than a contract.
'But how did you start it?' That's what you're asking right? I sat down and stared at my computer for what seemed like days and finally I just started writing. I started with a woman who was very angry for being kept waiting for days to see some high ranking Official. We've all been there, maybe not for days but at a Doctor's office when you're sick it seems like days. It was easy to describe her frustration and anger. Then I set her loose and by the time she was blasting open the doors to the Officer's office she was a full fledged Witch. Before she left the Officer she was the Officer's sister and a story of twins, one magical and the other not began. The world they lived in was complicated and dangerous and under seige and they would either be the salvation of the planet or its doom.
From 'Fallyn's World' sprang three other books by popular demand. The tale of the twins needed a beginning I was told so I sat down and wrote that beginning. Each book became more detailed and richer in content. New characters were imagined to be a part of the lives of my twins and 'Fallyn's World' was edited many times over so that my new characters could be included and the girls could have memories of events from the other books. I love it when authors link their books together. Anne McCaffree was one of the greats at doing this. She had many series' and the majority of them linked with each other even though they occured on different planets. She linked an entire universe. 'Fallyn's World' did not go that far but it did cause me to stretch across generations and a miriad of intertwining events, beings and races. Maybe some day I'll continue their story, I have part of it in my head. But not today. Today I'm writing someone elses story and am in the middle of book #6... I think it's going well.
I'll try to blog two or three times a week. If you have questions or comments please feel free.