Writing novels has been both an adventure and a challenge. Earnest Hemingway said “We are all apprentices in a craft, no one ever masters.” We are still learning how to write better. We do not believe we will ever learn all the techniques and nuances of creative writing.
John I had a unique idea for a science fiction story, so I began writing my novel. We gave a copy of the first draft to two of our grown daughters. One daughter said “it stinks”. The other was a little more helpful she crossed out about half of it.
John I realized I needed to learn a lot more about creative writing. We purchased books, went to seminars, and read magazines articles about writing. Recently we have found the internet offers an enormous amount of information.
Patty I began to study editing. I also read best-selling novels, looking for tactics great writers use. I created a notebook of the different writing techniques. Most of techniques and articles are from that notebook.
We discovered tools and lists made an enormous difference in our creative writing . So, we will be sharing those with you. Check out; Ask, 78 Words to Use Instead. and Words Never to Use to Replace Said plus 240 Words to Use. These are just the first two of many lists.
The internet is overflowing with free information. For a list of 36 writing tools see: 36 Free writing Tools.
John I sent quarry letters. I attended writer’s conferences. My first novel has turned into four books in our Light Masters series.
I know they are not yet ready to publish. I am still revising. I know they don’t have to be perfect, but I want them to be great. Joining critique groups has made an monumental difference.
We finally concluded we needed a platform to launch our books from.
Patty Writingagreatbook.com is the platform from which we hope to launch our books. We called it Writing a Great Book, because John always wanted to write a great book. Not just a good book but a great book. We have friends who just wanted to say they had published a book. John’s looking to publish a best seller. That will take more time and effort.
John The Light Masters is a speculative fiction series, about the creation of the Milky Way galaxy. The sector of space the Light Masters plan to colonize is filled with a strange race, who call themselves energy people. The story is about the collision of these two very different civilizations. The Light Masters are human. The energy people are ghost like. They must learn how to share the same space, as the Light Masters build a new galaxy.
Patty We have learned so much about writing. Sharing what we have learned is a new adventure. We hope the articles, lists, and tools will be as helpful to other writers as they have been to us.
John Please let us know if our website is helpful to you. If you have any questions or suggestions, we would love to hear from you.
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PS: This was written before John’s dementia set in.
John and Patty