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The Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Fantasy, Fantasy Novel, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry, Winter Lust And Wonder, Writing with tags , on April 1, 2014 by darkjade68

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Today I’m participating in a blog tour where authors discuss their writing process. My friend Paige Addams posted last week. You can learn about her writing process here @ Paige Addams

Here we go…

What am I working on?

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Agatha is a 17 year old, typical misunderstood girl… Raised by adopted parents who spent most of their time drinking, and disregarding her existence… All that is about to change, when Agatha is contacted in a very unique way, which will lead her on an adventure that will reveal her ‘true’ identity.

“Chess With Agatha” is the First of a Fantasy Novel Trilogy, which I began writing in 2012. At the beginning of 2013, I had it Edited, but than whilst reviewing it with another brilliant Writer, found that it’s just not ready yet.

I’m hoping to work with this same Writer to finish up the Editing, as well as having her do some Wordsmithing for me.

With any luck, “Chess With Agatha” will at last be Self-Published in the next 6 months.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve been told that there are ‘Concepts’ within “Chess With Agatha” that are largely original… Something that it isn’t all that easy to do in the Fantasy Genre. You will find that ‘Characters’, ‘Character Development’, and ‘Story Scope’ are very prevalent within my writing. I was originally planning to be a Film Maker, which I did in fact pursue for three years… Inspired by the First Two Original “Star Wars” Films. George Lucas’s ‘Characters’, ‘Character Development’, and ‘Story Scope’ are what impressed me most (That and Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, Lol). These Films, as well as Films like “Shawshank Redemption”, and “Blade Runner”, lead me towards being the Storyteller that I am.

I Died Once CoverWhy do I write what I do?

I love both ‘Fantasy’, and ‘Sci-Fi’ Stories… Though my Novella “I Died Once” was more of a ‘Human/Suspense/Father Daughter’ Story set in the past… In addition to the “Star Wars” Films, and “Blade Runner”, such films as “Clash of The Titans”, “Krull”, “Legend”, “The Never Ending Story”, “Flash Gordon”, “Labyrinth”, “Time Bandits”, “Conan the Barbarian”, and “Sinbad and The Eye of the Tiger”, all played a role in what inspired me to Write. In addition to those films, though I’ve never been a huge Reader, Terry Brooks, whose “Sword Of Shannara” Book I couldn’t put down, very much inspired me. Lastly, Shakespeare’s plays, most particularly “Hamlet”, plays a very vital role in the essence of who I am as both a Film Maker, and Writer.

How does your writing process work?

Through the creation of my “The Written Word” Blog, I developed a method/process that has worked very well for me. “The Written Word” is basically a ‘Writing Journal’ for me, and everything I Post on here either comes right from my head onto paper (Er, Cyberspace), and is not Edited. Or is Written Down, then Posted. Perhaps if I had done better in English, more specifically Grammar, they would be cleaner from the get go… But being ‘Math’, and ‘Creative Writing’ were more my thing, I just let it fly… That said, I see these Posts as First Drafts… Once I decide to Self-Publish something I’ve Written/Posted, I place it all on a Word Document, and clean it up a bit… Only a bit though, as like I say, English isn’t my thing. I then ship it off to my friend, and fellow writer, where she first Reviews it, then sends me feedback on the Story, Characters, Story Clarity Etc.

DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and WonderNext she basically does a Line Edit, or what I call a ‘Pre’ Edit of the work. After I make changes based on what she said, I begin the some times rigorous task of finding an Editor. If I work directly with the Editor, such as I did with “Winter, Lust, And Wonder“, and “I Did Once”, there is no need to Review it afterwords. However, in such a case as with “Chess With Agatha”, where I shipped it off to be Edited, I then Review the results, and apply them as I see fit. Being this was the first time doing this with “Chess With Agatha”, this then resulted in my finding the need to do some more Editing, as well as Wordsmithing (Rewriting of some of the words, for the sake of ‘Clarity’, ‘Impact’, and truly making the most of the Story Concept, and Characters).

Now I know some of you are probably wondering, “What about Rewrites, and or 2nd Etc. Drafts?”. When I wrote my one finished Screenplay, I had, in fact, over 20 Drafts, and had poured hundreds of hours into Rewriting it. With Book Writing, or at least so far, I have chosen not to do this. I suspect the reason for this falls on one theory in particular… I once read that in regards to Writing, it’s best to Write lots of Books, as opposed to just focusing on ‘The Great American Novel’… So to speak. That way if any of your Books is liked, Readers are likely to go back and find your other Books… Thus, nothing is wasted. It’s not that I just want to ‘Pump Out’ Books… However, if I’m not careful, I will end up spending ‘Years’ on just one Book… And that’s not I want to do. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just that I have ‘Tons’ of Stories that I want to get out there.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about my ‘Writing Process’ etc…. Normally I would tell you about some Writers that will be doing this Tour Next Week, but the ones’ I approached were not able to participate… And so, it ends here with mine… However, Paige did recommend more than I, so hopefully they’ll be able to keep this going

Thanks for your Time and Interest

DJ-

Write A Review On Amazon

Posted in Amazon, Fiction, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry with tags on February 19, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverWrite A Review On Amazon

If you did happen to get a chance to download a FREE Copy of my Novella “I Died Once”, or my Poetry Book DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and Wonder“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” during this most recent, or an earlier giveaway, do me a Favor and Write a Review on Amazon.Com

It doesn’t have to be long or anything, but I’d really appreciate it

Also, I’d love to hear what you think

“I Died Once” on Amazon

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” on Amazon

Thanks

DarkJade-

Okay, Everything’s Fixed With Amazon… Free Digital Copies Of Both My Novella “I Died Once”, And Poetry Book “Winter, Lust, And Wonder” Are Now Available

Posted in Ebook, Entertainment, Fiction, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry, Winter Lust And Wonder on February 15, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverOkay, Everything’s Fixed With Amazon… Free Digital Copies Of Both My Novella “I Died Once”, And Poetry Book “Winter, Lust, And Wonder” Are Now Available

If you don’t have a Kindle? Download the Free Kindle PC Reading App., which you can find Here Free PC Reading App.

Here’s the Link For My Novella “I Died Once”

DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and WonderAnd Here’s the Link for My Poetry Book “Winter, Lust, And Wonder”

They’re Both Available Today, Feb 15th, and Tomorrow, Feb 16th

Share this info. with whomever you like, and let me know what you think of the Books either here, or Write a Review on Amazon if you like

 

DarkJade-

 

My Self-Published Books (Digital Versions) Are Free Once Again

Posted in Ebook, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry, Winter Lust And Wonder on February 13, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverMy Self-Published Books (Digital Versions) Are Free Once Again

Don’t have a Kindle? Download the Free Kindle PC Reading App., which you can find Here Free PC Reading App.

MY APOLOGIZES, AMAZON MADE AN ERROR, AND “I DIED ONCE” WAS ONLY FREE ON FEB 13TH, AS OPPOSED TO BOTH THE 13TH AND 14TH… I WILL BE GIVING “I DIED ONCE” AWAY FREE ON THE 15TH, AND 16TH… AND WILL POST ONCE IT SHOWS UP FREE AGAIN

MY POETRY BOOK IS STILL FREE AS OF TODAY, FEBRUARY 14TH

DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and WonderAnd Pick Up your Free Digital Copy of My Poetry Book “Winter, Lust, And Wonder” Here

Enjoy, and let me know what you think

Also Share this Info. with whomever you’d like

DarkJade-

“I Died Once”… Adapting My Novella Into A Screenplay

Posted in I Died Once, Novella, Screenplay, Writing with tags on November 14, 2013 by darkjade68

5009884654_9c962e4fc7_b“I Died Once”… Adapting My Novella Into A Screenplay

CoverOn November 8th, 2013, I decided to begin Adapting my Novella “I Died Once” to a Screenplay.

For a while I have felt that it could easily be made into a Film, it would just need to be fleshed out, and increased in length.

The Novella itself is only 59 Pages, and I figure it should be at least a One Hour 40 Minute+ Long Film.

Assisting me with this task is a good Family Friend, with Screenplay, and other Writing experience.

I’ve actually written one Screenplay, but that was 10 years ago, and it’s the only one I’ve written.

I could study up on Writing Screenplays again, and do it myself… But I’m actually looking forward to collaborating with someone on it… Especially someone that really enjoyed the Novella.

Not to mention he is a really great, and interesting guy.

And thus, as of November 8th, I sent my Word Document of “I Died Once” to him… And two days later, he returned half of the Original Treatment.

It looked good, so I told him to go ahead and finish up the First Draft of the Treatment.

Which he did, and sent to me today.

I will look over it, and the two of us will then discuss our next step.

I shall keep you up to date as to how it is going.

Thanks for Reading

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Mastering Film

18 Months In… I’m No Jedi Yet

Posted in Allure, Amazon, Chess With Agatha, Fantasy Novel, Fiction, I Died Once, Self Publishing, Writing on August 1, 2013 by darkjade68

emo_boy_by_chihiro3918 Months In… I’m No Jedi Yet

Ok, so I’ve actually been pursuing Writing as a Career for 23 Months… But I’ve basically been in Low Gear during the last 4 Months, and 18 just sounds better than 19, Lol

The Writer

Posted in Writers, Writing with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by darkjade68

Inside of all of us is The Writer… I’ve been writing since I was young, but I have never truly given my Writer a home… It is my intention to finally and truly embrace my Writer, I intend to do this by Writing, Writing, Writing…

But to do this, I must first create the space for it… Where will I write… What music will I listen to… Who will I share my writing with while I develop it… Time will tell

Yup, that was My Very First Post…

789 Posts Later, I’ve been Very, Very Busy

Even with my recent semi-hiatus

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After doing Several Posts that kinda sorta supplied the Readers with some Random/Kinda get to know me Posts, September hit, and I Posted My First Poem, “Intrepid“.

Which Lead to me Self Publishing My First Ever Poetry Book, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder“, in January, 2012. Followed by 12 Additional Poetry Books Worth of Poems, which I have yet to Self Publish.

Self Publishing;

In a Nutshell, anyone can do it.

I had no interest in pursuing Publishers, though I will perhaps at some point Submit some of My Self Published Work to some…

But for the time being, I want my Books out there, and I like the Control I have in regards to Self Publishing

Printing;

After some research, I ended up going with a Company Called CreateSpace

Great Product, Easy Setup, and Phenomenal Customer Service

Once you figure out how to Format Your Cover, and Inside Pages, you’ve pretty much got it made… Print away

The reason I say they have Phenomenal Customer Service is, on occasion a book will show up bent etc., and they will send out replacements immediately

Not only that, but getting someone on the phone is a breeze… You literally go to the Customer Service Section, and Request that they call you immediately, enter your Phone Number, and they call you that moment… You may start out on Hold at first, but I’ve never been on longer than a couple minutes before someone comes on.

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I do believe CreateSpace is a subsidiary of Amazon.Com, which would explain why your book gets Put on their Site when you Publish it… In addition to a Website which is created specifically for each title.

You get more Profits when someone buys off your Custom Site, but you still make some profits when they buy it off Amazon.Com as well

Bookstore;

I approached a Local Bookstore who likes to work with Local Writers, and asked if they’d carry my Poetry Book, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder”, and she said yes (It’s a Consignment Kind of Thing, where I supply the Stock, and if they sell, we each get Profits)

Hooded Fighter 2Blog Series;

Something else that I did was Write what I called, Blog Series

I had a lot of fun with that, and am actually turning one of them into a Series of Novellas… That one’s is called “Allure

In addition to “Allure”, here are a list of some others;

Dark Rider – Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Series

Captain Fire 197 – Young Mercenaries/Sci-Fi Series

The Mind – Post Apocalyptic Tale

Additional Blog Series

I Died Once CoverI Died Once (Novella);

In August/September 2012, I Self Published my First Novella “I Died Once“, which I had written at the end of 2011, right within this Blog

This Book is also being carried at my Local Bookstore

 

 

 

 

 

A Font with SerifsChess With Agatha (Fantasy Novel);

From January-June, 2012 I Wrote My Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha“, which I then put on hold until February, 2012, where I had it Edited

I’m now doing some Additional Editing, as well as working with another Writer who is doing some Wordsmithing for me, which is a New Experience… But a good one

 

 

cwa bookmarkCWA Marketing Effort;

As a way to stir up interest in my Up Coming Fantasy Novel, as well as interest in my Writing in General… I thought I might offer to give away some Samples of My Novella, “I Died Once”, at the Local Bookstore

The Manager there wasn’t only receptive, but also suggested that I Create Custom Bookmarks which would Market My Up Coming Fantasy Novel, and Include them with the Samples…

Brilliant

I then contacted the person who helps me with my Book Cover Designs, and asked her if she could Create these Book Marks… That’s them up to the Left

Soon she’ll be shipping them out to me, and I will give the Bookstore 15 Free Copies of “I Died Once”, along with 15 Bookmarks which will accompany them

These will be given out to specific Store Patrons… Most likely ones that make a Purchase of $25 or so

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That Is All…

On With The Battle

Thanks For Your Interest & Support

DarkJade-

 

 

 

 

And So It Begins… Pre-Marketing “Chess With Agatha”

Posted in Bookstore, Chess With Agatha, Fantasy Novel, I Died Once, Marketing on July 15, 2013 by darkjade68

A Font with SerifsAnd So It Begins… Pre-Marketing “Chess With Agatha”

So I’m going forward with my FREE Copies of “I Died Once” at the local bookstore where I have my two books.

But instead of giving away 30, I’m going  to start with 15 and see how it goes.

Ordered the books today, and also started the process of having the “Chess With Agatha” Book Marks Created.

I shall let you know how, and/or if it pans out.

I’m feeling pretty good about it though.

DarkJade-

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