Tools of the trade.. Books I’m reading to inspire and help structure my story (Oh yeah-that’s my bike helmet and doggie biscuits in the background..the essentials)
BOOKS TO INSPIRE
- ‘Tinkers’ – Fiction Novel By Paul Harding
- ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Short Story By Annie Proulx. My absolute favorite short story. But I mostly have it near me to remind me that I need to make every word count- short or long story writing.
- ‘Stephen King on Writing’ – By Mr. King himself. Not only helping with my writing but a small look at the man behind his most famous novels. Surprising and VERY interesting.
- ‘The Writers Journey 3rd Edition’– By Christopher Vogler. The last thing I want is for my story to be too formulaic but since I’m new at this I need help with structure and for me this book has been AWESOME to read. I’m also a big movie/ film buff. This book uses both mediums to help you identify story structure and character rolls. Thank you Mr. Vogler and of course Joseph Campbell!!!
- ‘The First Five Pages’– By Noah Lukeman Although this is more for once I finish or as I edit my novel, its still a great read as you prepare.
OK, for research I’ve been interviewing a Marine (friend of a co-worker) and he’s been great, and very patient with all my dumb questions. Outside of his Boot Camp experience and our conversations about living life as a Marine one of the many things that stood to me during our talks was what or how to call a Marine.
He said NEVER identify a man or woman as an Ex-Marine and DON’T EVER ever call a Marine a Solider….why?
- The Army has soldiers,
- The Navy has sailors,
- The Air Force has airmen.
- BUT Marines are Marines!
ITS WILD…It actually brings me back to a time when I was in college and was visiting friends at Albany State. While hanging out at the dorms I met an Alpha (Alpha Phi Alpha) from the African American Greek Fraternity. We were talking about Greek life….etc…. so I asked him how was pledging for him?
” I DIDN’T PLEDGE!!! ALPHA’S GO THROUGH A PROCESS!”
Wow!! Boy, I enjoy researching
…..OK, so I want to incorporate a love scene into my story….Not wanting to use the language of smutty romantic novels and sugar sweetness of Twilight’s pillow biting scene, I’m doing a bit of research. Just how did the great novelists of our world go about adding sex and love into a story? Well here is an example how Gustave Flaubert who wrote Madame Bovary created a huge scandal in his scene. In the scene the clerk has convinced Madame Bovary to join him in a horse-driven cab with the blinds down. Now the moment of truth has arrived and she goes along with it because she doesn’t know what else to do. The cab driver is instructed to drive anywhere he chooses………………………………….(He was arrested shortly after writing this) I don’t think I want to be this subtle.
Here is a great site that provides you with tips in this area http://rebeccalacko.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/feel-the-heat-sex-and-fiction-8-tips-for-building-tension/
‘Trying to focus on the sleepy warmth of his son’s body and the steady pace of his breathing, Juan wished for more time and more moments such as this. Instead, his thoughts drifted to the beginning when the decision was first made, when the decision to be alone would affect both his and his son’s life…..’
1,154 words down 48,846 left!!!! Hoorah to NANO!” – (First try at last year’s National Novel Writing Month)