Monday, January 15, 2018

Greenling Chronicles Update, Tick Tock Cover Reveal, MLK Day, and #IWSGPit

As previously mentioned in December, I'm knee deep in a long project these days: the rough draft of an entire series entitled The Greenling Chronicles. I say knee deep because I still feel like I'm getting into the series, discovering more about each of the characters as I write and develop their character arcs.

One new twist to the series: it will be from multiple viewpoints.
Originally, I meant to share the story all from Dunnie's point of view, but I realized I really want to write from Aria's and Ray's perspectives, the villain's perspective, and one other character's perspective (who I can't name or describe without giving something away at this point because I'm mucking about in the process).

I also realized that one of my writing strengths is switching viewpoints and one of my weaknesses is attempting to keep everything in one point of view for more than 100,000 words. I'm well beyond that point now with two book drafts and five bulky outlines with rough scenes taking shape.

Because of this decision, I'm reworking my first novel and making changes to the second to make sure that all of the viewpoint characters are introduced and have viewpoint page-time in books one and two.

Tiny character introductions will appear here on my blog in the coming months. For starters, here's a short blurb for the main character:

Dunnie aka Duncan Kuari McCloud is a Greenling. He can control plant-life and possibly more. He has made mistakes with his power in the past and he is an outcast at middle school, but he's determined to change and use his powers for something good.

To read the original flash fiction story which inspired this super-powered project, you can find it for free at any Smashwords supported location.
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The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight.Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglas, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraiser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Instead of listening to soundbites, check out what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. really said in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

And if you've heard that one already today, check out some of his other speeches on youtube. There are many and they are worth a listen.

If I had something ready, I would definitely enter it into the Insecure Writer Support Group's Pitch Contest on Thursday, the 18th! Here are the details:

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Five viewpoints? And here I struggled with three.
Great cover for Tick Tock!
And ready to rock with #IWSGPit this week.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good luck with your project! I enjoy reading and writing multiple POVs. I always try to keep in mind something I learned a long time ago - all of those POVs need to be equally strong. If any aren't well developed, readers won't enjoy having to shift from one POV to another and they might stop reading.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Love your shout-out for MLK day. When we were in Atlanta, we went to the MLK historical site. It was one of the most inspiring places I've ever been to. We could use a little more MLK in our world today.

cleemckenzie said...

Lots going on Tyrean. Congrats on stretching your writer boundaries. That should be a very exciting leap forward.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

If you're better at switching viewpoints, play to that strength and write stories that way.

It's a good week for the IWSG.

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's a great skill to be able to change the POV like you did. Loved the little blurb. Good luck with your writing!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - it's weird, but I find it easier to switch viewpoints than to try to relay all the information from one character's view. There's always bits of foreshadowing information in a series that I can't seem to fit there.

Madeline - that's so true. Now, that I've switched it, I have to really give book one an overhaul to make sure that the characters have close-to-equal page time and character development.

Cynical Sailor - Yes, we could. :)

C. Lee - it is an exciting project to work with, but sometimes the overall task seems a bit daunting. I know what I want it to look like, but it will be many hours and many words before I get there.

Diane - Thanks for the encouragement! And yes, it is. :)

Natalie - Thank you! I feel like it's just something I start doing without planning on it, which can be a bit dangerous. It's better to plan for it.

Sarah Foster said...

Good luck with your series! I think I'd have a hard time juggling that many viewpoints! I usually like to stick to one (but I do always write in first person, so it's usually best). I've got a story idea with two POVs, I think I'll just start safe with that and see where that takes me.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sarah - I am a bit awed by anyone who can write in first pov for more than 20 pages. I can't seem to hold onto it very long.

Gwen Gardner said...

Wow, so many view points! I haven't tried that yet. Someday though. Your WiP sounds epic. Good luck!

Jennifer Lane said...

Congratulations to all in the anthology!

I'm all for multiple points of view in a story. Good luck.

What a great man MLK was.

Yolanda Renée said...

Love that cover!

Writing a series is such a huge job, but you've got it in hand!

IWSG does so many wonderful things for writers!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Great Cover for Tick Tock. And looking forward to the Pitch Party.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Judy Blume's Summer Sisters had multiple pov's. It was an excellent book and I loved getting to see through so many character's eyes. Good luck with your rewrites.

Deb R.H. said...

I love doing multiple POVs. Good luck on the re-write!

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

The cover is gorgeous. Good luck with the rewriting :-)

Karen Lange said...

So much happening already in the new year! Cheering you on with your projects. Hope you and your family are doing well. Have a great weekend! :)

Jess Wesley said...

I've only recently discovered writing in multiple POVs. But... only two. You're ambition is encouraging!

Jess Wesley said...

Your. ��

Misha Gericke said...

It's good that you realized now that you wanted to add more points of view, before you got too far along in your edits.