Thursday, May 14, 2015

Writing Process #1

My writing process:
Every writer has their own writing process. Some writers spend extensive time outlining, plotting, building characters, technology, how things work and why in their universe. Every writer writes different. So should you take my advise? YOU SHOULDN'T. But I thought it would be fun to blog about and it might give you some insight of how another writer works through his daily word count.

First of all, I'm not a professional writer, which means I don't write for a living, (I'm working on that). I'm a Chef by trade. Want me to show you knife skills, name the base sauces, teach you different cuts of meat than I'm someone you should listen to.

As for writing - this is just my advice, don't take this as written in stone. When I make big professional money, then yes, you should listen. (Let me state I'm not into writing to make big money. If I was I would have stopped a long time ago. I write because I love it. Its a tension release).

Onward:

The first thing I come up with is a basic idea. Now I might allow that idea to fester and boil for a long time in my head. I might write down some ideas so I can remember certin things. But it might be along time before I create characters, worlds and how things work in my universe.

So when I do get to that point and I think I have the story ready to go, I fill that story with characters, bad people, good people, gay, straight, black, white, green (if I'm writing an alien tale or something that needs a green person).

Besides characters and world building I don't take time outlining. My first draft is my outline. Once I start editing and revising that first draft gets turned into my story.

I never start a story unless I have an idea of how the story ends. It might change by the end of the story, but basically I know what I'm writing toward. Remember if you have no idea how the story ends why write? You could find yourself in a story that never, never ends.

Remember editing is where the real writing begins. Your first draft is just getting that story out of your head. Don't be perfect, don't worry if you have puncuation in palce. Just get that story out.

So start building your idea and come back here to tell me about it.

Writing Process #2 will deal with POV   

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Read Chapter One of the Origin Expedition

As I work on finding an agent or publisher (both is what I really need) for the Origin Expedition, I'd like to present to you the first chapter of the book I spent more than a year working on. I hope you give it a read and leave some feed back if you wish. You can find the book via the link short stories & chapters, or by clicking here.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Origin Expedition

Taking the step out into the world of publishing can be overwhelming. After ten self published books I have taken the next step in my writing career. For the past year I have been working on a new project. Today I sent a query of that new book to an agent... Now I have no misgivings that I will have to shop this around a lot until someone decides to give it a chance. I'm prepared for that (I think) and committed.

I present for you now, the blurb for this new book entitled Origin Expedition (comments are welcome)

Nearly three-hundred years from now, at the decline of the human race, Earth is depleted of its natural resources. Humans, Earth’s inhabitants, have moved off the planet and into orbit aboard giant space platforms. People, over time, have been separated into four classes, the high born, low born, slaves and breeders. The lower classes subjugated into nothing more than servants for the wealthy while the breeders, considered cattle, are used in a centuries old breeding program, shrouded in lies. Earth has become a cesspool for slave labor and every day is a fight for survival. The high born, consisting of nine prominent families are driven by the acquisition of wealth. In each family’s effort to gain more, they have sent exploration ships into deep space, with teams of archeologists chartered to uncover the resources of long forgotten alien races. The wealthiest of the Nine, is the family Tannador. The Tannador’s obsession to lead the other families in assets, has led them to an obscure region of space, to planet Kepler 369. There, the exploration team discovers and reactivates a powerful ancient computer named Origin, unlocking a depository of information predating the creation of the universe. The archeologists, led by Professor Charles Long and the Lady Da’Mira Tannador, learn that some histories are best left undiscovered. In their attempt to unlock Origin’s secrets, they release a creature imprisoned 10,000 years ago for crimes against the whole of creation, his genocidal war, the catalyst for the destruction of every sentient being in the galaxy. The Origin Expedition is story of lies, love and lasting consequence. It is an adventure tale of those yearning to be free. A chronicle of the past, present and foreseeable future that rests in the hands of those determined to save humanity from itself and the galaxy’s greatest enemy.

The Origin Expedition Written by Charles F. Millhouse Approximately 129,000 words

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Over Due Update...

It's been a long while since I took time to update my site. Sometimes writing can get in the way of self promoting. In the time since my last update, I published the second Captain Hawklin book, wrote the first book in a new sci/fi epic and stared work on a third Hawklin adventure due to be released this year sometime. I hope you'll all stay with me... Hopefully I can make time to put out some posts, not just about writing, promoting and the adventure to find a mainstream publisher, but other things as well.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Captain Hawklin & the Underwater Menace Launch Party

Captain Hawklin and the Underwater Menace will be for sale on September 30th, 2014. To celebrate the newest Hawklin Adventure I will be hosting a Facebook launch party. link

There will be chapter reads, BOGO's, party packs and give-a-ways of all kinds from 8:00am - 8:00pm at the top of every hour. follow the link and sign up so you don't miss any of the great things going on throughout the day.

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