Monday, 28 October 2013

From Small Seeds Great Ideas Can Flouish

Every once in a while I like to stretch my creative writing muscles in a different way. I love to write novels; I think I have something good and interesting to say. However change can be a positive force, and so once in a while I like to turn a nugget of an ideas into a short story.

There's nothing more satisfying than reading a short piece of fiction, and reaching the end with a satisfying conclusion; being moved in some way that brings you to a higher purpose, if only for a moment. These are the kinds of gifts short stories can bring to a reader.

I was a was a very slow reader as a child. It took me forever to get through a novel, while others like my sister whizzed through in a matter of days. My sister loved to read Stephen King, and I, being a slow reader wasn't about to tackle a book like "The Stand"; I'd have to wait until I was in my early twenties to do that. I think most younger siblings want to be doing what their older brothers or sister are doing. So one Stephen King book did catch my twelve-year-old eye: "Different Seasons". I plucked it from the shelf and realized it was actually a series of short stores. I "could read these in an afternoon or a day" and feel like I'd accomplished something; it was a joyous moment.


I sat down to read and loved the sophistocated interwoven themes of the Four Seasons, its title's namesake. Reading short stories opened up a whole new world for me and I went on to read the Foundation Series, the Lord of the Rings and more. Me, the kid who read slower than most, even went on to become a voracious reader and surpassed my sister at devouring novels.

Every once in a while I turn my nuggets into short stories, and send my babies out into the universe in that form. It's my way of paying homage to the short story tradition and to those slow readers out there who may just be budding voracious readers in disguise.

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Monday, 21 October 2013

All good things come in threes...

Have you ever noticed how many trilogies there are on the reading bookshelf: digital or otherwise?Even the Hobbit's storyline has been spun out to fit the trilogy format in film. Why is this, you may wonder? Is there something about three? What's the purpose?

Most novels are written using a three-act structure and trilogies fit nicely with the structure of most novels. Shakespeare sometimes used four acts, but three seems to be the magic number when wrapping up a story and plot—it also seems to be the magic number when wrapping up a story arc as well. We can get the meat of the protagonist's past from the first book in the trilogy, ending with somekind of action. Book two can be action packed, then we find resolution and conclusion in most respects to theme and plot in book three of a trilogy.

My upcoming series the Deeps will consist of three books, no more and no less, and it too will follow the three act tradition: each book will have its own discrete characters, storyline and plot, but the series will carry a larger story arc I hope you'll enjoy. Set in Regency England and Nepolionic France, and told from a female protagonist's point of view. It's got plenty of strange Regency style goings on and gothic horror thrown in—for a dash of pleasure. I'm hoping you'll enjoy the series.

Here's a picture I took of a canal at a local park. I hope you like it and would love to hear comments. I plan to use it for the book's cover.


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Monday, 14 October 2013

Never Say Never...

You'd think by now, I'd have learned...but I guess I haven't. No sooner had I written down in last week's post that I would finish the Alien Encounters Series at 6 books (and it seemed like a logical place to finish the story arc), then the realization came to me that the story arc wasn't complete: I needed to include at least one if not two more installments in the series.

In the beginning I wanted to end the series on Earth which would have been books 5. Then I wanted to end it on Sylax book 6, but when I decided to included both Lyrissa's and Peggy's points of view as an experiment in book 4 - Back Home (see cover below), I knew the story wasn't finished and several more plot points needed to be revealed before wrapping up the series.



So have I finally learned? I'd like to say yes, but in this case I see the need for more story and more plot to bring the series to a final conclusion without cheating the reader, so the Alien Encounters will continue, as least for now....

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Big Reveal is Finally here...

I've been making a few changes lately and one of them is when to post my blog. After some consideration I've decided to now post my blog on Mondays and I hope you have time to check it out.

Concerning my time and my science fiction and fantasy writing, well things have been busy around here, more busy than I'd like to admit I guess. Back Home, Book 4 in the Alien Encounters Series is back from my editor from its first round of edits and I'm going through, making my revisions.

Lyrissa and Peggy are both back on Sylax and in a nice twist we get to see this world through both Lyrissa's and Peggy's eyes. I've never tried to write a book in two different points of view, but I do like a challenge. I read Scott Westerfeld's Levithan Series and really liked the way one character's point of view complimented the others'.

So, this newest novel and yes, it's shaping up to be a novel running at around 50,000 words, it's told from both Lyrissa's and Peggy's point of view. I think having more than one point of view it makes for a more rich and three dimensional story. Writing the novel I tried my best to remain consistent, while still following storyline and plot. Coming up with two different character flaws and two different emotions journeys wasn't easy while still creating a unique alien world with a rich mythology, but with help from my new editor I think we're managing quite well. The book is going through revision number 1 and I hope to have it out by the end of this month or the beginning of November.

Challenge is what got me started on the Alien Encounters Series. I love Stephen King novels and the Green Mile was great. Mr. King strikes me as someone who likes to experiment with form. I was intrigued by the Green Mile's delivery method. When the book was first published it came out as a serial—I believe there were six novellas in all. Well as luck would have it that's where I intend to draw the line with the Alien Encounters; six seems like a nice round number to me.

If you follow me on twitter you've probably already seen the cover art for this book, the most recent installment in the series, however I did promise to post my cover art here, so as promised here it is.



I hope you have time to post a comment and let me know what you think.

You can find me through the week at www.Kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman.