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The Six Guides

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So, you’re all signed up for JunoWrimo (or doing it on your own), itching to pants your way to writer fame and fortune, or maybe you’ve went a lil differently about it and charted out an outline. You know what you’re doing, you’re a writer dammit, and you will see this thing through! You’re all cozied in, drinks lined up, phone turned off, and you know just what you want to write. Hell, you blaze through the first fifteen days without a problem. You’re a regular Rocky Balboa of words. Day sixteen comes along and knocks your happy ass for a loop. What do you do? Where do you turn? You’ve never met a problem like this before, and never even imagined one of such horror even could exist!

Heather Sellers, Author of, Chapter after Chapter, suggests writers stop skimming a thousand books at a time to figure out how to write one, and instead choose six books (and no more) to bring along the journey of novel building. Just six books. Three books on craft, Three books of fiction similar to the one you’re trying to build. It sounds easy, right?

Try it for yourself and get back to me, ha!

Which book of the multitude that are out there are best to carry along on a 50,000 (or more) word journey of novelized glory? Which books are the most sound, the most inspiring, the most kick-your ass into writing mode are the absolute best to take with you? Any one you know, and know well:

“You are a book writer; not a book buyer. You are a book reader; not a book skimmer. To really know a book—how it’s built, its wisdom—is to read it several times. To go over and over certain passages.” Heather Sellers

Pick the books that have worked before, the ones with the most dog-eared pages, and most pop/whiskey stains, and smells vaguely of sweat and blood. Those books are stained with other things as well, namely the essence of your admiration, and the smear of your spirit upon their page. They are a fine offering to the muses and will help carry you through.

For practical purposes, what these books really offer you is a direct connection to age old experience that has been tested time and again. Need an answer? Turn to someone who has been there, who has done it, who has banged their head on the same wall and then figured it out. It works in life, it works in writing. Pick guides, good guides, and travel boldly!

My Challenge to you:

Make your list, start by picking twelve books and whittle it down to the six book goal. You have time still if you’re starting your novel in June for Junowrimo. If you’re writing on your own for another project, it’s always best to start early, give yourself time and figure these things out with truth and contemplation.

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Road Trip to Hell and (Hopefully) Back!

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In June I’m going on a trip. The place is a somewhat distant and hazy land of both joy, and sorrow. I’m more than excited to ride the rides, take a few pictures, buy a few drinks and see the sights. I’ve heard from others that have been there (some having made a career of travelling to and from that place) that it can be quite a lovely location. From others I’ve heard to pack military grade survival gear. Though I’m sure many of the crowd would advise against taking any assault weapons, this place can be dangerous, but mostly because we bring the danger there our self and not so much because it is a dangerous place.

So just where the hell am I going?

To the land of novel writing. Head to forehand. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been there before, I’ve seen the sights, taken the pictures, bought the farm, grew a crop, and thought myself hot shit as I walked those streets. I’ve written a few novels in fact. Each novel from the days of long ago, are still at some degree of shit, and carefully hidden away in one metaphorical trunk or another (however one is floating about the net, immortal and deformed for all the world to see).

What’s worse about this trip? I plan to see as much as I can in a single month. That’s right, a novel in a month. Like Christmas in July, there’s now a novel writing challenge in June, I happened upon it by mistake. Junowrimo was a chance discovery of mine, the rules are simple enough, the challenge clear, the call to action haunting.

You see, recently I posted on here a short bit of practice called “Into Hades” it seems to be my most popular piece. I probably shouldn’t have posted it because it’s too close to the novel I intend to write. Oh well. At the time of playing around with that scene I wasn’t in the least thinking about the novel in the back of my mind, I was just having fun, painting images, watching the movie in my head. After I finished it, I leaned back and felt the full weight of what I’d done. I had breathed life into the skeletal remains of an old story begging to be

reborn.

And so, here I am now, with an old story itching to come to surface, begging to be written anew. That combined with my chance encounter with Junowrimo has pushed me to the precipice of my own personal abyss. I plan to take a dive and grow wings on the way down, if none will come, hey, I hear the abyss is pretty deep so I should have time to say a few things along the way, right?

Wrapping this semi rant all up, what’s this have to do with Haunted Axiom? Well, as I journey along the path TO the writing month ahead, I have every intention to explore some preparation issues related to novel writing. I want very badly (for myself as much as for my readers) to share some tips I’ve picked up, lessons I’ve learned, exercises I’m doing to stretch the old limbs, and whatever else comes to mind that may help us.

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