I know this can be a trying time of year for many, so remember to take care of yourself. If you are hosting family members, remember: It isn’t selfish to carve out alone-time. Make time to write and read. This will help you enjoy the time you do get to spend together with family.
My wife and I will be spending our Christmas down in San Diego. Both of our families are spread all across the globe this holiday, so we’re renting a condo at the beach for a Christmas that will hopefully resemble a Corona “Feliz Navidad” commercial. Are you traveling anywhere special this holiday? Be sure to bring a notebook or have a writing app handy on your phone to document your travel. You never know when travel notes will become useful story research!
- STORY: Garden of Angels
The great thing about social media is that we can connect with people from around the world that share our interests. Recently, I connected with author Dickie Floyd. He’s a retired Homicide Detective from Los Angeles that released his first novel, A Good Bunch of Men earlier this year. He’s the real deal and I’m really enjoying his writing.
If you are looking for insight into the thoughts and emotions of a homicide detective, I really recommend Dickie’s post Garden of Angels on his blog at dickiefloydnovels.com. Dickie was kind enough to allow me to repost Garden of Angels here on this page as well. To find out more about Dickie, find his social links here: http://dickiefloydnovels.com/social-media/
- STORY: Miranda for Kids
Juveniles in California under the age of 15 will have a mandatory consultation with an attorney prior to any custodial interrogations the waiving of their rights, beginning January 1, 2018. Here is the full text of CA Senate Bill SB-395 that establishes Penal Code Section 625.6. These are the kinds of legal updates that Detectives have to keep up on yearly. If your story is not set in California, does your location have similar laws yet? This might affect your Protagonist’s rules of engagement if you are writing in the Young Adult genre.
- CRAFT: Outlining your book In previous emails/blog posts, I mentioned how much I learned from Shawn Coyne’s book and podcast The Story Grid. Now that I am in the process of creating my own book, I tried using The Story Grid Foolscap method. While I absolutely love the concept of deconstructing stories from an Editor’s perspective to make sure all of the elements are there, I found it tough to use when creating a story.
Shawn readily admits that he swiped the idea of the Foolscap Method from author Steven Pressfield. Pressfield’s less complicated version is exactly what I was looking for when trying to outline a story from thin-air. Check out these videos of Steven Pressfield explaining the theory of the Foolscap Method and exactly how to use it.
After watching these videos, my book outline was done in a matter of minutes.