Tuesday, December 29, 2015
It's that time of year again for a review of the past year and to plan for the New Year. I, like most people, am looking forward to 2016 with special plans to continue and finish the novel that I'm now working on. As well, I plan to start a new novel and start some other projects.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
The Empty Mind Many writers stare at the blank page or clean computer screen and wait for inspiration with a feeling of hopelessness. That white page or screen is always a struggle to fill, and it probably will always be for most writers. Writing is fatiguing work because it is the source of great stress, great concentration, great thought, and a great expenditure of energy—mental, emotional, and physical. Writing is stressful because it requires the writer to be aware that others will read what one writes and thus pass judgment on it. Writing is stressful when ideas and thoughts will not come to fill that blank page. Writing is stressful if the writer feels that he must write and yet cannot write. Writing is stressful because the writer is never sure of how effective the composition will be. Writing requires thought. The writer must think of many elements as he writes: grammar, syntax, topic, theme, punctuation, spelling, and all the other factors that are required for effective, useful, and favorable writing whether it is fiction or non-fiction. In addition, this rational process must happen simultaneously as words are put to paper or screen. Because thought requires concentration, and concentration requires effort, and effort requires discipline, the writer is under a great deal of pressure when he or she is working to express an idea in the most effective way. Writing is never easy although it may be easier at one time and not at another. With all these impediments to conquering the blank page or screen, what must a writer do? The writer must start writing one word at a time until the flow comes, and then the page or screen can be dominated—not easily—but it can be controlled. With its filling, the agony diminishes.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Summer is almost over and the Fall season is upon us. So it's time for new projects both in Chronicler Publishing and in my personal writings. At Chronicler Publishing we are looking at several new books for the Fall and Xmas trade. I'm still working on my latest novel which is based on my family genealogy. It will be a series, and the first book is the story of my first ancestors who came to New France, North America in 1646. This was Jacques and Marguerite Goulet, newly weds, who came seeking a new life for themselves and the family they expected.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Since my last post I have been working on my novel. Presently I'm working on Chapter seven that follows the Goulet Family during the years 1663 to 1665. During this period vast changes are being made in the governance of the colony. The king of France, Louis XIV, has made it a province of France and directly under the control of the king and his officials. Even so, the colony is fraught with many problems that affect the Goulet family directly. The research is intriguing and interesting but it does take time which often interrupts the flow of the writing.
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
My latest writing project is a historical novel based on my family genealogy as the first couple to immigrate to North America came in 1646 as settlers in New France then a colony of France. From these two have come most of the Goulets in North America including Canada, United States, and Mexico. My novel is the story of Jacques and Marguerite as the struggle to survive and prosper in an environment that is physically demanding as well a mentally challenging. To start, I use what I call is the 10 day plan. On the first day I concentrate on the theme and purpose of the story. The second day I list all the character that might appear in the story;major & minor. The third day I list all the locations and settings. The fourth day, I list all the characters goals; the fifth day is a list of all their obstacles. The sixth day I work on the conclusion of the novel. On the seventh day I make and outline of the complete story. The eighth day I decide on the chapter headings. On the ninth day I prepare all the file that I will need for characters, locations, notes, ideas, etc. On the tenth day, I spend the entire time composing that first most important paragraph. Now I ready to write the novel setting a quota of so many words a day. This, of course, will be different for each writer who uses this system. That's the way I work.