Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I like to write.

I won't pretend I'm any good at it. I've got stories rattling around in my head, but I'm not sure I'm any good at getting them down on paper.

Anyway, I've been working on this 'novel' for a while. I haven't taken it very far, and I'm still figuring a lot of things out as I go, but I like the idea, and I think I'll like where the story takes me.

I've done some research on the things I have no real experience with, but a lot of stuff I'm just winging it. That might bother some people. To an extent it bothers me and may in the future mean significant changes in the protagonist.

For now, it is what is, and you can find Chapter 1 here.

Edited to add: If you want to read some thing good, try this instead.


Kris said...

Okay. Here's the deal.

You have an EXCELLENT writing voice, from what I've read so far. That's saying something, because I'm extremely picky. But . . . (Isn't there always a but?)

I'm not a gun fanatic and had to give up reading it about eight or nine paragraphs in. If your target audience is people who enjoy both guns and action-thriller (I think that's what this is headed into?), you're doing great! But it's not for me. If I could read it without all the gun info interludes, I'd like to know why the two are trying to kill the one, and what happens to your protagonist. Thanks for sharing. :)

I'll probably try it again later!

RobertM said...

Thank you! And yes, it definitely is geared more towards gun people. I tried not to go over the top with gun details (believe it or not there was more) and I may trim it down some.

I know it's not for everyone. You pretty much nailed it with 'people who enjoy guns and action thriller.' Thank you for the comments, and the encouragement.

Kris said...

No prob. That's my first impression, but I'm going to sit down and try it again when I'm not at work. When I first picked up J.R. Ward (Dark Lover), I read a few pages and put it back on my shelf for over a year. I was kicking myself when I tried it a year later, because I FELL IN LOVE with the book, and have loved each successive novel in the series. I spent a whole year not knowing the greatness that is J.R. Ward because I gave up on it too fast.

I don't want to give unsolicited advice, but I've read a few things from authors on writing before, so if you WANT some, you can ask. If not, that's cool too.

Good luck!

RobertM said...

I don't know if I want advice just yet. Maybe when/if I finish. I've already decided this is going to be a short novel. I doubt it will be more than three hundred pages.

When I started it I knew I had an idea that was golden. I wrote it down. I sat on it. Then I started sketching it out. Then I started writing. This was literally years ago. I've put it down and come back. Now I'm trying to make a commitment to finishing it.

I just kind of want to see where I can take it, and I don't want to get discouraged.

I'm writing this more for me than for any other reason. It's a story I want to hear, and it's one that only I can tell. The quality of the writing is not so important right now, but my ability to tell the story is. Does that make sense?

Kris said...

That absolutely makes sense. The best thing you can do for yourself is to finish a project. Most people who've never tried have no idea what kind of undertaking it is to complete a book--even a short, 250-page one. Best of luck!