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Finding Your Groove
Sorry, I haven’t posted, but I had surgery a little over three weeks ago, and it’s made it difficult for me to write or do anything on the computer let alone publish blog posts. I still have another three to five weeks of healing to go, but at least now I can sit upright at my desk for short stints.
As for news, I do have a couple of things to share, the fourth book in my Reaper series titled Apprentice Killers will be published in early May and the last book Embrace the Reaper should be published in June to complete the series. And somewhere between the summer and fall, I hope to get another two larger, stand-alone novels out.
Now on to my post! :)
With any artistic medium—music composition, drawing or writing—as the creator you have to find your groove. For me, writing is similar to playing a piece of sheet music on the piano. I use a specific rhythm, if you will, for almost every story I write. For instance: show, tell, dialogue then show again perhaps followed by a bit of narrative. Of course, the rhythm would repeat throughout the book with the odd deviation at critical points in the plot, maybe to signify an action sequence. And while I find the genre can determine the pacing and the characters can determine period and setting, I believe the POV is the deciding factor when it comes to the rhythm I use. First person naturally has more telling than third person.
On occasion, I listen to music when writing, usually when I need inspiration. But I also use the music to set my mood. If the scene is sad or dramatic I’ll pick the appropriate songs. And sometimes when I do this I find my writing actually mimics the rhythm I’m listening to. I don’t care too much for lyrics because they can sway my thoughts in a direction I may not want to go, so I stick to classical, movie soundtracks and anime scores, etc. While working on my Reaper series I often put on the John Wick: Chapter 2 soundtrack. The music is gritty, dark and at times fast-paced, which really helped me keep the actions scenes concise.
Have a great week!
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