Month: June 2013

Scene Comparison from Freedom’s Fires

I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled  Freedom’s Fires. Below is a scene that occurs early on. It’s main goal is to introduce the primary protagonist, Ryan Freeman. He’ll be one of three protagonist characters that the story will explore deeply. The scene’s secondary goal is to further introduce the reader to current living …

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Elevator Pitch, Part 4 of ?????

Once again, I’m working on the elevator pitch to Shifting Mars’ Sands. The revision below more accurately reflect the contents of the story, hopefully highlighting the compelling aspects of it. Fresh off the end of her marriage contract, Gretchen Blake is unable to get archaeology work on Earth because her last dig leader refuses to …

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Examing Shifting Mars’ Sands through the Lens of Story Engineering

After reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, I decided to see how my novel, Shifting Mars’ Sands, hit the milestones that Mr. Brooks laid out. Let me state from the start: I didn’t plan this novel with Mr. Brooks’ milestones in mind. I outlined, wrote, changed the outline, and wrote more. My gut (perhaps a …

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