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Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 03, 2007, 11:14:
 
Sure, I write about technology for a living, but I decided to give fiction a shot. Onyx Neon just released my first novel, Gravitas.

It's a coming of age story about masculinity, growing up, falling in love, and figuring out how to get what you want out of life.
 
Posted by WinterSolstice (Member # 934) on July 03, 2007, 11:16:
 
Sweet! I look forward to checking it out!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on July 03, 2007, 11:40:
 
Mag Valour! Awesome! [Applause] [Applause]

It's coming to Amazon.ca I hope?

On second thought, we want to buy a signed copy? Got any?
 
Posted by stevenback7 (Member # 5114) on July 03, 2007, 13:19:
 
Good job - we have more authors on GC now. And i'm not one of them [Frown]
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 03, 2007, 19:24:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
Mag Valour! Awesome! [Applause] [Applause]

It's coming to Amazon.ca I hope?

On second thought, we want to buy a signed copy? Got any?

Way ahead of you on that one, Snaggy [Wink]
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on July 04, 2007, 06:01:
 
Cute profile, Chromatic! [Wink] The book looks really interesting, too.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on July 06, 2007, 15:11:
 
That's three GC authors now, I think: Chromatic, Jess, and GreyGirl. Any more?

Good job, Chromatic.
 
Posted by WinterSolstice (Member # 934) on July 07, 2007, 08:11:
 
Boo, right? I think she said she wrote something.
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on July 07, 2007, 20:43:
 
I'm a newspaper reporter. Does that count? [Wink]
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on July 08, 2007, 04:07:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I'm a newspaper reporter. Does that count? [Wink]

Yeah it does! Cogratulations, last I remember you were working as a copy editor, I think.
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on July 08, 2007, 05:12:
 
Oh, cool! I'm in with the elite crowd!! [Big Grin]

I worked as a proofreader for a national coupon magazine for almost 2.5 years, but when I got married, I started working as a reporter for a weekly paper in my area. Yeah, we're weekly, and we only publish good news, but I'm proud of it!
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 09, 2007, 10:42:
 
That's pretty cool... I've been curious about writing for a weekly paper, but never looked into it (as if I had time). How did you find the job, Rhonwyyn?
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on July 10, 2007, 04:33:
 
I had been trapped in a second-shift proofreading job with increasingly tyranical (sp?) management and when my wedding got closer, I started looking for a day-shift job with vengeance. My aunt sent me an e-mail saying that the local weekly had an opening for a copy editor, so I applied. But on the form, I also checked that I would be interested in working as a feature writer and didn't think anything of it.

Well, I was called in for an interview, and while she talked with me a bit about editing/proofing, she also threw out the idea of writing features. Since it was full-time and the other was just part-time, I said, sure, I'd be glad to do it. I went home, then she called me a few hours later to offer me the job. It was such a good feeling to go into my wedding rehearsal knowing when I returned from my honeymoon that I would have a new job waiting for me.
 
Posted by Just_Jess_B (Member # 2161) on July 10, 2007, 13:52:
 
quote:
Originally posted by chromatic:
Sure, I write about technology for a living, but I decided to give fiction a shot. Onyx Neon just released my first novel, Gravitas.

It's a coming of age story about masculinity, growing up, falling in love, and figuring out how to get what you want out of life.

Congratulations! Love your publisher's name by the way. Do they take submissions?
 
Posted by Nitrozac (Member # 111) on July 10, 2007, 15:34:
 
chrom, how was the experience with writing fiction compared with tech writing? Was it fun? freeing?
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on July 10, 2007, 17:27:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I'm a newspaper reporter. Does that count? [Wink]

I was on a wanted poster once....Does that count?
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on July 10, 2007, 23:36:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I'm a newspaper reporter. Does that count? [Wink]

I was on a wanted poster once....Does that count?
Only if you wrote the accompanying text yourself.
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 11, 2007, 09:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Just_Jess_B:
[QUOTE]Congratulations! Love your publisher's name by the way. Do they take submissions?

Yes, they do. Send me an e-mail at chromatic dot wgz dot org and I'll pass it along!
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 11, 2007, 09:47:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nitrozac:
chrom, how was the experience with writing fiction compared with tech writing? Was it fun? freeing?

It was both more difficult and more enjoyable. With tech writing, there's a much clearer sense of what's appropriate and correct. With a novel, you have to consider in-world and in-story and in-character verisimilitude, but it's difficult for someone to come along and say "I ran your character on my machine and he crashed." You can't please everyone with story or dialog or character behavior, but you can make them reasonably consistent.

It's much more satisfying to write a beautiful piece of prose for a novel than a tech book or article. There are some sentences (and paragraphs and one whole section) I think are fantastic. Of course, I also had to cut some stuff I thought was great, because it didn't fit.

I already knew I could fill up a blank page, so that wasn't scary. I didn't know if I could write a meaningful conversation between female characters (still not sure) or write something that people want to read for enjoyment, not information. It was great to explore those different skills.

Of course, writing and editing and producing it simultaneously with other books was kind of painful, but writing always has pain in it at some point.
 
Posted by Just_Jess_B (Member # 2161) on July 17, 2007, 21:25:
 
chromatic just distilled the novel-writing process beautifully. One spends hours with it and curse at it and coax it to behave, but one keeps going back because one is intensely in love with it.

Writing isn't a hobby, it's an addiction. If you can live without it, you're not a writer. That said, there's no promise of success, no crowd throwing tickertape, nothing except releasing it into the world like a wounded bird who you've nursed to health. It may fly and succeed in the wild beautifully; it may get eaten by a hawk a minute later. The point is that you release it at all.
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 19, 2007, 10:30:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Just_Jess_B:
The point is that you release it at all.

I was just happy to finish writing the book. Polishing it for publication was a benefit (maybe the most satisfying part of the process). Seeing it in print is way beyond that.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on July 20, 2007, 03:47:
 
Out of curiousity, how much time do you guys spend physically writing, as opposed to researching or editing or plotting? Do you say "I'm going to write 10 pages every day," or do you write when the mood/inspiration strikes? Is it like exercise, and once you get in the habit, you feel crummy if you don't do it?

I was looking at the back of an Asimov book the other day and realized he had over 400 books published. That is a lot of writing going on, and I started wondering how someone can approach even half that volume.
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 20, 2007, 10:26:
 
quote:
Originally posted by fs:
Out of curiousity, how much time do you guys spend physically writing, as opposed to researching or editing or plotting? Do you say "I'm going to write 10 pages every day," or do you write when the mood/inspiration strikes? Is it like exercise, and once you get in the habit, you feel crummy if you don't do it?

I tried to get in the habit of writing a thousand to fourteen hundred words a day, five times a week. That usually took about forty five minutes, and I did it right after work.

I didn't do it every week, as travel (and my day job, and writing other books) occasionally cut into my life, but I sustained that pace for about two thirds of the novel.

Writing every day for half an hour will get you a long way in six months. Once you make a habit of writing, 500 words a day is fairly easy.

As for plot, I saw the first section as a setting and a general theme, which gave me just enough of the character to be able to write the first section. Then I just followed him home, section by section, until I finished the first chapter and realized that I needed a subplot. I followed up on a throwaway line I'd introduced on the third page or so and had just enough of the plot to see how the ending might look and just enough structure to plan each day's section just before I wrote it.

It's not the easiest way to write, but it worked out organically for me.
 
Posted by Just_Jess_B (Member # 2161) on July 24, 2007, 19:01:
 
I stopped writing, but there were times I would go 16-hour marathons. Usually, I would write 8-10 hours per day, netting about 10,000 words in that sitting.

I have recently, however, lost my free time. So, I will have to scale back to maybe an hour a night and two on weekends.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on July 24, 2007, 19:22:
 
chromatic! We received your book today! thanks! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by chromatic (Member # 164) on July 25, 2007, 07:26:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
chromatic! We received your book today! thanks! [Big Grin]

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it!
 


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