There are many clouds over my head as I write this. I feel their showers, their thunder, and I’m waiting for their lightning strikes.
I’m writing from my desk as I construct a new project from my wife’s dream. I can’t give the details, but it intrigues me, and while she’s given me permission to construct something from it, I will stray into something darker than I’ve done before.
The factors of the dream are not what will make it terrifying. It’s the elements I intend to add.
This is where I dig into what I’ve been doing since my last post.
Over the last few weeks, I finished the exercises in Writing In The Dark Workbook. This book has changed how I create without completely diving into the exercises.
I have thought about sharing my response to the exercises, but I’ve created too many beginnings for stories, and I want to keep them to myself.
I will say this about the two books, yes, there are two. The first is Writing In The Dark, based on Tim’s articles. The second is Writing In The Dark: The Workbook, and you will do some work.
This book makes you look at your writing in a new way. It did with me, at least. I feel I’ve found a way to create an outline with a horror novel.
I’ve never found a way that actually works for me. I’ve always written horror as a pantser. It’s when I write thrillers that I’m able to create an outline. After finishing the workbook I feel more confident in my writing, which I’ve struggled with for a long time.
Moving forward, I will revisit this workbook with every project.
I have to get to the editing on my thriller novel this week. I will be submitting that to agents in the next couple of months. I still have a novella out on submission. It has been over a year, but I’m holding out for it. I love the story. It would be great for it to be picked up.
I will see you next time.