Blogging 101, Writing Muses

Found My Publicist

I’ve spent most of today either checking out blogs or working on The Kurdish Connection. When I went into my email, there was a notification that I had received a new critique on chapter 37.  Opening it up, I couldn’t believe what was written. The guy has given me good feedback before, but I think I need to hire him as my publicist. According to his profile, he’s retired from advertising after a forty year career.

Below is his critique.  I’m sure you’ll understand why I need to hire this guy:)

“This is getting boring. I am waiting for Randy to write a chapter that I can dislike. NO ! another ground breaking chapter. I love the way that the plot draws you in and it seems as though the reader is a fly on the wall able to see, hear and understand each characters’ thoughts and behaviour. The timeline is self evident and in view of current world events it is a story that is totally up to date. I have known military personnel , I have listened to their stories of real life events and blow me, Randy must have been in the thick of it.

The characters, events and actions are as real as life and very, very believable . I cannot praise this work too highly and I believe that all of Randy’s writing is becoming addictive, especially for me and I feel that many others will agree with me.

Finally, I have never been that far east, but with the descriptions in the story, I feel as though I have been there.

Keep up the excellent work Randy, you have a dedicated fan of your work and I won’t be the only one, trust me.”

Writing Muses

Why Write–Why Not?

Before I retired I churned out thousands of pages of expository writing.  Shortly before retirement, a work colleague and friend (since 1979) suggested I put my writing skills to good use and write a novel.

Since I had worked for the government you could say I was already proficient in writing fiction, but there is such a vast difference between expository writing and creating a plot, scenery, characters, etc.

Dialogue, what’s that? Didn’t have to do that either.  So I’ve completed an online dynamic dialogue course, bought several books related to fiction and dug in.

Since I was already accustomed to creating outlines, putting one together for my first novel came natural.  I had a general idea what I wanted to write about, where the story would take place, and the anticipated outcome.  Sounds simple, right?  My outline is still my bible, keeping me on track, but I do modify it on a regular basis to keep in line with necessary changes.

One thing for certain–this is a journey, one that I’m glad I’ve started.