Pining all the time for page-turning books to read, makes it hard to shirk this 'pine' when I’m on the other end, writing.
If I want a page-turning reading experience, then it's only fair that I reciprocate by delivering page-turning books.
It does happens however, to the best of us; when at some point during the writing process we'll …let’s say… tire on the story. It’s happened to me more times than I care to profess, though right here is where my eyes one day got big and round.
Whenever I reach a part in a story that drags or feels as if I’m dragging to write, whether I'm in the writing phase, and especially in the rewrite phase… that’s when I give myself this little pep talk. ‘If the story is dragging for me, image a reader trying to get through this part.’
This small pep talk helps tremendously. The visualization alone is enough to keep me perpetually writing in fifth gear. Staying aware that there can be no sagging (moments of boredom) while writing a story is what keeps the momentum going. I must be fully engaged and excited to move onto what happens next…
My last four books really proved this finding. I honest to goodness have never experienced a more enjoyable novel writing process than working on Lock Box, Civil Talk, Copy Cats and Big Bully. (Note: The last three are my latest new releases.)
‘Big Bully is a corporate tale of a toxic, obnoxious, intimidating work environment that fires up when the big bully arrives on the J.O.B.
‘Copy Cats’ is my first young adult novelette. It is a warm, insightful, and dicey misadventure that pushes parental guidance to the limits after three siblings move to a new town where they must make critical choices about new friends, fitting in, and trying to do the right thing.
‘Civil Talk – Prose in Motion’ is poetry, and includes an autobiography in the epilogue.
At some point the books will be available online through the various digital outlets, but for now I plan to share these quality ‘page-turning’ gems with my physical audience and supporters.
That said however, anyone is always welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an advance copy. I’ll keep some copies on hand for that purpose.
But hopefully the nugget I shared will be the buoy that not only motivates an upbeat writing experience, but a pleasing treat for us all.