Another Novella

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During the July blog challenge, I talked about the range of length for different projects. Finished converting a short screenplay, Voodoo-I Do to story form. Since it is over 10,000 words, that means it is a novella. Working on getting it ready to publish, since that is what I do with my writing these days. Not convinced it’s always the wisest thing to do with everything, but it gives me a little project to complete. Now that I’m retired, I need these little projects.

Voodoo-I Do was created when I was practicing writing screenplays and came from a comment from one of the members of Tennessee Screenwriters’ Association. I believe it was Bob Giordano, who joked that everyone had a Zombie script. Since I didn’t have one, I went home and read all I could find about Voodoo and Zombies and made a stab at it. When I read it at a later meeting, it was well received, and several of the members offered jokes and incidents that I could add to make the story more of a Zombie tale.

The result is now this long story. Here is the cover I am working on. If anyone would like to be a Beta reader, please just email me at biery35@gmail.com and I will send you a free copy. I have run it through my editing software and plan to reread and correct it one more time tomorrow. Always appreciate outside eyes to help find all the things I might have missed.

Find your own Mentor by J. R. Biery

Survived July’s Ultimate Blog Challenge and although it took me awhile to figure out where I posted them, I finally have all 31 blogs listed here now. Will try to write at least one blog a week from now on. I enjoyed the process but worry that my thoughts will bore you. If there is something you would like me to write a blog about, please ask. Will do my best.

I love to learn, especially for free. As I work through my inability to focus on a single genre and become more productive, I am reading a lot of blog posts and articles on writing. Think of it as finding a mentor on the topic I am interested in at that moment.

Here as an example, is a great article by Cathy Yardley where she explains her process of plotting and working out every scene. http://writerunboxed.com/2015/08/07/how-to-craft-a-page-turning-plot/?utm_content=buffer4e3d8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I went to the ultimate free resource on line, Writers’ Digest. Here is their list of the best articles and posts on writing during 2015. Since most of you are probably not writers, but readers, I’m sorry and you can ignore it. For any fellow writers, enjoy.

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/50-articles-on-writing-to-help-you-in-2015?et_mid=712457&rid=245903487

Starting a New Project by J.R.Biery

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Well, I’ve had a nice little break from writing now. On my Monday goal at Revise with Confidence, my goal was to get my two Ghost Warrior stories edited and posted. (As well as finish my silly little Voodoo-I Do, script conversion – which I didn’t do.) At least, have those stories up. Wasn’t really sure whether to share them or not. Snake Wilton is such a different character, but he had been haunting me to do more with his story so I finally worked up the courage to publish it again on Kindle.

I’m confident I’ll never win the following one needs to be a successful author, because my work is all over the map. I don’t read only one genre and I certainly don’t write only one. Feel blessed that The Milch Bride has sold, as well as the three sequels.  So, I am trying to dream up another western romance. One fan suggested an Appalachian one, and I am working on that. But, Snake is telling me to write a final story about him and I may have to give in just to clear my head enough to work on the new series. Not sure who will win, but the odds are in favor of Snake.

Reading and studying other writers to see how they handle all the diverse ideas and focus on the best one to build an audience.  Currently listening to a webinar on how to gain 10,000 readers by Joanna Penn and Nick Stephenson. Someday, may work on that. Figure the writing will slow down soon. Still, my favorite time is when I’m lost in a story.

Next, will listen to Hal Croasmun’s webinar on how to sell a screenplay. His advice, start with a marketable screenplay. I’m sure the same is true for fiction. Now if I can keep all these competing stories from filtering in and taking over my working time.

Happy writing and reading

Rewriting a Screenplay as a Novel by J.R.Biery

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Rewriting a Screenplay as a Novel
Working on new story - actually converting a screenplay into a short novel. Should be easy since I know the characters, the setting, and have the dialogue and action worked out.

Brother is it hard. They are such different mediums. A screenplay is like a recipe for a cake. It takes a village to take the recipe and turn it into a movie. You basically tell the village what the audience will see. You describe what action will occur. You list the character's name and their dialogue. All in an objective way. They then take the recipe and make a pie or cupcake, but all those changes make it  a movie.
It's a naked, quick, great way to outline and plot out your novel to make sure you have a complete and satisfying story.

But a story or novel is subjective. You are in the point of view of a character's mind, sharing their feelings, their observations of what we see and what is going on. You even indicate their emotional reactions by how they move, stand, react. Then there are their words, and more thoughts as they hear someone else's words and react to those.

It feels like I have the framework for a paper mache figure and now I'm adding the sticky layers of goopy paper and smoothing them out to form the actual body. I guess editing afterward could be compared to adding all the color and paint to make it more realistic.

I've been here before. Rewrote a script as a novel, Will Henry. Still think of things I can add to Will's story but have been too busy to revisit it. Did an even weirder script of mine, Chimera Pass, in book form.

It will take time and hard work, but I'm in Camp Nanowrimo again so I needed a good project. Today I wrote 3889 words, two short chapters,  by  working on it all day. I have the rest of the month to finish it. But I'm editing another project, and trying to learn to blog.

It's always good to have goals.
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'Blog Post 5
Rewriting a Screenplay as a Novel
Working on new story - actually converting a screenplay into a short novel. Should be easy since I know the characters, the setting, and have the dialogue and action worked out.

Brother is it hard. They are such different mediums. A screenplay is like a recipe for a cake. It takes a village to take the recipe and turn it into a movie. You basically tell the village what the audience will see. You describe what action will occur. You list the character's name and their dialogue. All in an objective way. They then take the recipe and make a pie or cupcake, but all those changes make it  a movie.
It's a naked, quick, great way to outline and plot out your novel to make sure you have a complete and satisfying story.

But a story or novel is subjective. You are in the point of view of a character's mind, sharing their feelings, their observations of what we see and what is going on. You even indicate their emotional reactions by how they move, stand, react. Then there are their words, and more thoughts as they hear someone else's words and react to those.

It feels like I have the framework for a paper mache figure and now I'm adding the sticky layers of goopy paper and smoothing them out to form the actual body. I guess editing afterward could be compared to adding all the color and paint to make it more realistic.

I've been here before. Rewrote a script as a novel, Will Henry. Still think of things I can add to Will's story but have been too busy to revisit it. Did an even weirder script of mine, Chimera Pass, in book form.

It will take time and hard work, but I'm in Camp Nanowrimo again so I needed a good project. Today I wrote 3889 words, two short chapters,  by  working on it all day. I have the rest of the month to finish it. But I'm editing another project, and trying to learn to blog.

It's always good to have goals.
Show less'
Blog Post 5
Rewriting a Screenplay as a Novel
Working on new story – actually converting a screenplay into a short novel. Should be easy since I know the characters, the setting, and have the dialogue and action worked out.

Brother is it hard. They are such different mediums. A screenplay is like a recipe for a cake. It takes a village to take the recipe and turn it into a movie. You basically tell the village what the audience will see. You describe what action will occur. You list the character’s name and their dialogue. All in an objective way. They then take the recipe and make a pie or cupcake, but all those changes make it a movie.


It’s a naked, quick, great way to outline and plot out your novel to make sure you have a complete and satisfying story.

But a story or novel is subjective. You are in the point of view of a character’s mind, sharing their feelings, their observations of what we see and what is going on. You even indicate their emotional reactions by how they move, stand, react. Then there are their words, and more thoughts as they hear someone else’s words and react to those.

It feels like I have the framework for a paper mache figure and now I’m adding the sticky layers of goopy paper and smoothing them out to form the actual body. I guess editing afterward could be compared to adding all the color and paint to make it more realistic.

I’ve been here before. Rewrote a script as a novel, Will Henry. Still think of things I can add to Will’s story but have been too busy to revisit it. Did an even weirder script of mine, Chimera Pass, in book form.

It will take time and hard work, but I’m in Camp Nanowrimo again so I needed a good project. Today I wrote 3889 words, two short chapters, by working on it all day. I have the rest of the month to finish it. But I’m editing another project, and trying to learn to blog.

It’s always good to have goals.
Show less

Authors by J. R. Biery

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Author is a word I like.

Now that I have a dozen books showing on Amazon, (Author.to/jrbiery), I guess it’s hard to deny the title. As mentioned in a previous post, I did have one traditionally published book, Potter’s Field,  while I was teaching, so I can legitimately claim the title. That book now appears with all the other titles as an Indie-published book.

There’s a lot of shifting in titles now so many writers are taking the reins of publishing into their own hands. I recently read there are over a million ebook titles on Amazon alone.  When you add the three million books already published, one realizes how stiff the competition is.  Nearly every famous author, and all the words they’ve ever written, are for sale in cyberspace.

APE, my favorite new acronym, was coined by Guy Kawaski, and stands for Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. He pointed out that the writer is the author of the book, but can also be the publisher, and must be the seller or an entrepreneur. It is a serious business, and all writers who want to be read need to take the business part to heart. Another of my favorites,  Joanna Penn, uses the term, Indie-Author. She has a website, thecreativepenn.com where she provides a lot of wonderful information to help the Indie-published author. I’ve also seen the term Authorpreneur used to describe writers in this new digital age, but I don’t remember who coined the term, and I’m not sure how to pronounce it.

It means we are basically like the Little Red Hen. We grow the corn, grind the corn, bake the bread – and we have to decide if we are going to eat it all ourselves. Since March of 2014, I’ve published most of the  books I’ve written during the last four years of retirement, plus a couple of things I recovered the rights to.  I’m grateful to Pat Gentry and Troy D. Smith for their encouragement to publish something on Kindle. It is rather addictive. Instead of writing and leaving things on the computer drive,  or printing copies to store in my “writer’s closet,” I’ve worked and reworked them. They are now published. People buy and read them. Some love the books and characters as much as I do. It’s a tremendous source of joy for me.

I like being called an author. I don’t mind being called an Ape. I’m afraid I will have to learn to be more of an entrepreneur before you can call me an Authorpreneur. Adding a couple of resources below, including the image of books. Please note several New York Time’s best-selling authors were Indie-published writers. Several have sold millions of copies of their books.

Gives me another thing to dream about.

http://bookmania.me/post/24208110245/the-infinity-of-knowledge-the-prague-museum

http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/money/10-best-selling-self-published-authors/?view=all

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/12/09/self-publishing-indie-author-definition/

ANOTHER CHALLENGE MET by J.R.Biery

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Blog Post 31

A month of blogging. Something I was sure I would be unable to do. I knew if I studied what a blog post should look like, what it should contain, what it should never be, what you must never, ever write – well there would be no blog posts. This web page would be as empty as ever.  Fear. It is so easy to be afraid. Like the young woman in this next book, there is a lot to be afraid of and many mistakes a person can make. But to move forward, to accomplish anything, we must all face our fears.

A year ago when my friend Pat dared all of us at a meeting of CCWA writer’s to post a book on Kindle, I knew I would never be able to do it. I hadn’t written professionally for many years, and most of what I had written before was magazine stories or articles. Of course, I’ve written non-stop for over forty years, but there was a long hiatus between my last published credit and now. But she dared us.

Then there is the issue of technology. As a teacher of math and science, I was always learning new software, new teaching methodologies, new white boards and projectors. I’m not an idiot. But when I’m trying to accomplish something on the internet, I feel like a terrible moron. I want to cry when things don’t save or aren’t where I posted them the day before. I’ve spent part of a year trying to learn Scrivener and I am still writing in Word instead because I can’t figure that program out.

I should not be doing this. I’ve asked family and friends to look at my books or review them. I’ve decided they are all illiterate, because to date, none of them have. My poor writing friends have been asked one too many times to read things and critique them. I admit, twelve books require a lot of favors. Somehow I’ve published books and miracles, some of them sell everyday.

If nothing else, this blog should be an inspiration to you. If I can do it, so can you. If you are burning up with the stories you have to share then write them or write a book and figure the rest out as you go. If you could never write a book, but would like to share your knowledge, hobbies, or skills, do it. Get a free WordPress or Google page and write whatever you feel you must. I guarantee, so few people will ever see it, that you don’t have to worry or be embarrassed about it.  Just face your fears and write. It is a great challenge and lots of fun.