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March 31, 2017


While trying to channel the great Lester Dent (who, under the pen name Kenneth Robeson, wrote most of the Doc Savage stories), we have pushed our hero through a good deal of, what looks like, a novella-length first adventure.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

• I really enjoy writing dialog. A creative writing teacher once asked me if I spent all my free time eavesdropping on conversations. That’s all well and good, I suppose, but at what point do I shut my characters up and get on with the story? Dialog helps shore up backstories and fill cavernous sinkholes in the plot, but where’s the cut-off point when enough is enough?

• As far as gratuitous sex and violence goes, well, let’s just say that while the violence is as copious as the gravy poured over the mashed potatoes of a southern-fried chicken dinner, there is no blatant nudity or sex in the story. This is in keeping with the traditional stories written during the pulp era.

• As I write on my trusty iPad “Pages” app, I am constantly glancing at the word count. I hate that. “Let the story play out,” I say to myself. It’ll be as long as it needs to be, right? But I fantasize about reaching not only novella length, but going beyond that, and securing the more laudable length of a novel—a totally amateur move.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned..


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