Show me the Story

Posted On Oct 5 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/05/show-me-the-story/Follow It’s an odd thing, to have a dream. Here I am, an engineer in a Visteon plant in the middle of some of the worst years in U.S. automotive history, and I’m thinking about My Book. I think I’ll actually use that as a title some day—My Book. Every minute of the day I’m plotting, having conversations with my characters, or (forbid) actually writing. Chances are I’ll never get rich off my novels or even make enough to quit my day job, but it’s so all consuming. I think that’s the way God intended it. He never wanted us …


Icy Blue Eyes

Posted On Oct 3 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/03/icy-blue-eyes/Follow Let me tell you something about male writers. We hate describing people. We know three colors outside of primary and hair is either blond, red, or brunette. I should keep a box of Crayolas next to my desk just so I can have a color besides pink to describe a blouse. Oh, by the way, I can identify a blouse, slacks, and maybe an evening gown. After that I get lost. Although I learned what seersucker is not long ago. It has nothing to do with guys like me who pounce on every Craftsman tool sale in the Sunday …


October

Posted On Oct 1 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/01/october/Follow “There are too many months between October and October.” – Gene Hill Yes, my Michigan is soon to be dressed in her finest splendor. This morning I got up before the tribe, made a pot of coffee, and rejoiced in the arrival of my favorite month. At one time, it was my favorite month because Michigan’s archery deer season begins today. I still hunt, but very little, which would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. As I grew older, though, I learned to appreciate just being alive during October. So, for those of you who live in the northern …


A Real Job

Posted On Sep 28 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/09/28/a-real-job/Follow I was told once that the best way to learn something is to teach it. So, here’s what I’ll do. I promised my critique group that I’d keep them posted as I read through Robert McKee’s “Story.” The book is aimed at screenwriters, but Lord help us, we’re not that different. Stephen King said that your story will get you a lot farther than your writing ability. I have to agree, and apparently so does Mr. McKee. We often complain, as writers, that the market is just too flooded with manuscripts, nobody will ever see our work. According to …


Just say NO

Posted On Sep 24 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/09/24/just-say-no/Follow It seems that everyone is ganging up on me this week. I love backstory, it seems, and in today’s fiction market, that just isn’t tolerated. So I’ll surrender. I cut and hack and, in my own words, just tell the story. It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting at my kitchen island. I love wireless, don’t you? There is nothing better than a cool (not quite crisp yet) autumn morning and a cup of coffee. I got up before everyone else because the opening scene for a book that is still two years away kept gnawing at my brain. So …


And autumn has arrived…

Posted On Sep 22 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/09/22/and-autumn-has-arrived/Follow In the words of Junie B. Jones: “Yeah, but here’s the problem.” The internet makes my writing life a lot easier when it comes to research. However, there are about a million fantastic writing sites out there. Gena introduced me to Dave Long’s site. Holy cow, what a great source of information, and straight from the horse’s mouth (I know I used a cow and a horse in the same sentence and my blog is definately not farm related, but who’s keeping track?). Then I get on Bradilyn Collin’s web site and she’s got a post that is aimed …