There’s just so much going on, it’s hard to keep up! Yesterday’s post at Lectito was all about my evolving process for writing my novels, and how each one has a different mission–and therefore a different method.
Then today there were two more posts.
At Alternating Current, there’s an exclusive audio clip of me reading from fairly deep into The Juliet—it’s a section set in the 1920s when Becky Skinner, a former prostitute who is now the wife of the mayor of a ghost town, meets a young stunt actress named Moll Grease. Making this clip was especially challenging, as I’ve never done one before, and firing up the software ended up killing my old MacBook Pro. No worries, though. Next day I got a snazzy 2 lb MacBook (rose gold), that came with a free set of Beats headphones.
Then over at Rainbow of Books, I talk about timelines and character sets in The Juliet.In particular, I stress how strong characterization generates organically developing paths. An excerpt:
Having characters return and change makes it easier to pull the universe together, especially if they intersect with multiple plotlines. Intersections are fun, and when plausibly built and interestingly revealed, they’re like miniature mysteries unto themselves. Imagine the mail carrier who knows everyone on his route. Now imagine that he has several unmarked graves in his back yard. He doesn’t just have good information about his community; he’s interesting on his own, as well.
So ends the middle of the journey. I hope you are enjoying these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them. Two more days, four more posts to go!