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Deception Point

“Paul Jutra’s life is about to become a living hell, the problem is, Paul doesn’t remember. Doesn’t remember much of anything, prior to waking up in a hospital bed with a raging headache.” The prologue of this novel, which I’m about to start work on (well, this winter at least) is now up for review on my writing website, HERE! I would appreciate any feedback anyone would care to give, even if it’s just to tell me you spotted a spelling mistake. And if anyone would like to be a BETA reader for me, let me know. This novel started out with a tongue-twisting title I’ve now since abandoned, and who wouldn’t, it was awful: THE DIOSCURI STRATAGEM is now DECEPTION POINT — yes, even though that title has already been used by another, eh, more famous author. I decided that Deception Point was a better fit. It was, in fact, one of the original titles I’d chosen, but abandoned after doing an online search. I mean, no one really wants to have the same …

Getting A Grip On Crime …

Or, more to the point, learning the art of writing crime fiction. The amazingly talented Crime Thriller Girl, A.K.A. Steph Broadribb, along with a couple of her fellow crime-writing friends—Susi Holliday, AK Benedict, and Louise Voss—have created a website in order to help authors write their first novel. If you would like to know more about what’s on offer, visit them HERE. And while you are at it, why not look them up on Facebook, HERE.

Pistols at Dawn

This weekend saw me make a start on my proposed novel by setting up certain sections, and searching out some background material I’ll need. This can be a fun part of writing, but also, a distracting part now that we all have access to the WWW. So when I start a project, I like to get as much of the background and research done as soon as possible. Names, places, character ideas. Plot points, outline, anything I think I’ll need to keep me on track, and not distracted. Which is why I’m going to write this one in Scrivener, a writing software that’s a little more than the name suggests. It offers a way to keep all your research and writing in one place. And while the program itself can, at times, seem a little overblown, with maybe one or two more bells and whistles than seems necessary, I thought I’d give it a try this time around. Given I’ve had the software for quite a while now. So late yesterday evening, in a moment …

A book by any other name

I Googled the first title I came up with for my proposed novel to see if there were already any number of books out there, with the same title. And yes, sure enough, there were more than a couple. One or two quite well known. So it was back to the drawing board and brainstorming how to keep the main gist of the title I liked while finding an alternative. So I used my trusty thesaurus to pick one word that said everything I needed it to convey: Stratagem. A scheme, tactic, ploy, device, ruse, machination and more, and the one I like best: subterfuge. It says it all. So now I’m really satisfied I’ve come up with the best title possible, which really say what the novel is all about. Without, of course, giving anything away. Well, at least I hope so. Like a good character name, getting the title right is probably the hardest part, for me at least, about writing. How many times have you picked up a book, looked at the …

The Importance of Names

Inspired to get back into writing by my dear friend, Kenny, who is himself embarking on an online journey of his own, I’ve been thinking about character names. The power of names and how they can define a character without ever having to describe the person. This is achieved by what one mentor, whose classes I took, said is the power name. A name made up of a first and last name that instantly tells a reader, oh, here’s a hero-type. What you’re looking for is a combination of first and last name that give a lasting impression. So someone whose last name is Major sounds far more impressive than Smith or Jones. Pete Smith sounds as generic as they come, as does Deirdre Jones. Which are great names if you are looking for background characters, or someone’s best friend, sister, or cousin. Of course, coming up with a ‘power’ names is all well and good, as is trying to nail down a title for your novel. But that’s a whole other post. Getting your …