Only eight or so chapters remain in Magehunter before completion. I’m now actively plotting, organizing, and mapping the principle stories for the next book in the series. By the way, it will be called Priesthunter. Do you see a pattern emerging?
I’m currently reading a book from a fellow Panda, Deek Rhew’s 122 Rules. So far, I can say this, if you aren’t strapped in, this one’s gonna run away with you. I’m looking forward to reviewing at the end of reading, this thing is tremendous.
Still hard at work on serial fiction for Fallen Angel Detective Agency as well, coming up to a linchpin scene to set the hook for where the story is going to go. So far, this style of writing is fun. Noir style in the modern age, with a huge dose of paranormal thrown in, is really challenging. Art imitates life, my protagonist is addicted to Dr. Pepper.
I’ve found over the course of my writing that some of the things I was told about writers in school, are starting to morph a bit, or maybe its just me. For instance, I was always told writers need to read a lot, and I certainly understand why that would be the case. However, wouldn’t you think watching TV shows and movies with a critical eye towards story and character development would fit the bill too? It does for me. I enjoy watching a movie and see how the story was told and how the characters were built, all within a limited time frame. With novel writing, you have a lot more time to develop things. Learning from movie and TV writing can help your writing in ways you might not have thought of. I’m not saying throwing away the books, read often, but add movies and TV to your research.