Writing Update

Hi there everyone, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. It has been a busy summer, but I haven’t had much to blog about.

For any of you that are in college or planning to go to college, you know that preparing for college is daunting, and that is what I’ve been doing this summer. Taking CLEP tests for college credit.

In addition, I and my two brothers have been bean-walking for a local organic farmer. Bean-walking is basically weeding the garden but on a massive scale.

Now, on to writing. I haven’t done as much writing this summer as last, but my two brothers are beta-reading Retreat and I’m inputing their suggestions.

Have a great last month or so month of summer, everybody!

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Five Writing Podcasts

I’m not sure about you, but whenever I have to a chore, I like to listen to something. Here’s several writing podcasts that you should check out.

untitled-design-3-e1445105278110#1 is the Very Serious Writing Show

In all seriousness 😉 , this podcast is never always about writing, but it’s pretty much always entertaining. This is definitely my favorite podcast.

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#2 is the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast

It’s hosted by K.M. Weiland (who has become one of my favorite authors). If you’re looking for tips on writing, check this one out. She is a plotter and story structure aficionado, so this podcast is slanted toward that style, but pantsers will learn things as well.

#3 is Writing Excuses

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This is another show that explores the craft of writing. It’s jointly hosted by four authors, so you’re basically listening to them discuss. Certain episodes do contain bad language and other possibly objectionable content.

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#4 is the Creative Pen

The predominant topics on this show are those that pertain to self-publishing, so if that’s the direction you want to take, this one’s for you. Some episodes contain bad language and objectionable content.

#5 is Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Wrting

I haven’t listened to this one as much as the previous four, but if you have a question about the nuts and bolts of sentences, listen to this podcast or visit her website.

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Bonus Podcast: Verses in Vox

This last one isn’t really related to helping you write better, but if you’re a fan of classic poetry, you’ll enjoy these dramatized edition of these poems.

If you have any other writing related radio shows or podcasts please share in the comments below.

Stronger than the Sword Update

I am almost done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (With the first draft)

Right now I’m in the middle of a dilemma. I wrote the scene where my MC completes his character arc, except that I added in a huge explosion *maniacal laughter* and now I’m torn with letting my characters escape relatively easily or having one final climactic scene. One of the problems is that a scene that I envisioned putting into this book, doesn’t fit unless I keep on going, but if I keep on going, I run the risk of losing readers, since they might think that the main climax is over. Right now I’m planning on putting that scene in, finishing book, look at how everything reads, and possibly cut it during the editing process.

Before this book is ready for any type of reading, I must edit, severely. Several scenes will have parts cut off. Whether I just don’t like it, or I changed the direction of the story (did that at least once).

In case you’re wondering, I haven’t hit my goal of 80,oo0 words. Right now I’m a little below 72,500, so the chance of me reaching my goal is slim, unless of course I decide to keep the above controversial scene I was talking about and I may be short even then, but I’m just going to let the story finish itself out, even if it’s well below my goal.

Once the rough draft is finished, it’s on to editing, Retreat, my Civil War sequel. So, it’s going to be a long time until Stronger than the Sword is ready for publication, and it will take even longer since I am thinking about pitching the book to a traditional publisher.

When I started this Stronger than the Sword, I categorized it as a futuristic, medieval dystopian. Now it seems more a fantasy book, set in a futuristic medieval culture, with the oppressive government characteristic of dystopias.

One dystopian cliche I want to crush is the depressive series ending. In all fairness, I really have only read one secular dystopian series (The Hunger Games), but the last book in that series was terribly disappointing!

Recently, Stronger than the Sword has been a long slog, but the end is finally drawing near!

Keep on writing for His glory, everyone! Have a great Monday!

 

 

 

Quote from Retreat

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I just wanted to share this brief quote I just ran, or I should say read across, from the book I’m currently editing, Retreat.

Within a couple of hours Fred was fast asleep, dreams of war in his head. Though, they were less dreams, and more nightmares.

Right now I’m taking a break from writing the rough draft of Stronger than the Sword and implementing the changes my editor (aka Mom) suggested, as well as what my writer instincts tell me to change.

I’m not for sure when this book’ll be coming out, as I want it to go through a much more rigorous editing process than my first book. Also, I may have to do some rewriting in order to set the stage for the next book in the series.

On another note, today I learned the winners of The Five Magic Spindles contest hosted by Rooglewood. My story did not make the cut, but eventually, once I can get to it, I’ll edit, and probably start a rewrite. I hope to someday publish it in some form, either on this blog or through Kindle.

Good luck writing!

Thanksgiving

Well, here we are, a holiday that comes once a year, though we should practice it everyday, Thanksgiving. I just wanted to post a few things that I’m grateful for.

  1. I’m thankful for God and His redeeming me from sin.
  2. I’m extremely grateful to be homeschooled. Some subjects may be hard, or almost impossible (staring at you chemistry), but I am thankful to Mom, Dad, and God for allowing me this opportunity.
  3. In closing, I’m thankful for the opportunity, love, and hopefully gift of writing. Some days are difficult, but I don’t want to stop being a writer, and giving glory to God through my words.

These are just a few of the many things I am thankful for. If you’d like to share what your thankful for, please comment below. Alright, that’s all I got. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!David Author Picture

 

NaNoWriMo Update #2

Hey there, guys. Thought I would share my progress so far. As of posting, my word count is at 20,081.

My character has conquered his initial goal. Now, on to the next one.

Only problem is that I’m sort of losing the will to write, but that’s just part of being a writer. 😉 I’m still pushing through, though, hopefully the passion will return soon.

Good luck to everyone, keep on writing!

David B. Hunter

NaNoWriMo Here I Come

Possible Retreat Cover Blurry Background With WordsLast Wednesday, the 28th of October, I finished the first edit of Retreat! Yay!!!!! Now my mom is going to have a look see at my work. I’m sure there will be problems, (spotted one before she started to read) but Retreat is now a step closer to publication.

Best of all, I can now focus my writing energies on Stronger than the Sword, my NaNoWriMo project, which I’m absolutely pumped about. I feel that I have a great message, but of course, there will probably be days where I doubt the manuscript and myself, then again, that’s normal.

November starts tomorrow and I finished the first edit just in time. NaNoWriMo, here I come!

Good luck everybody,

David B. Hunter

NaNoWriMo Project

So, this year for NaNoWriMo I was going to write the third book in the Boy Buglers Series, but plans have changed. 🙂

I had this idea for a futuristic, medieval, dystopian. I’ve only ever read one dystopian, soooo, it’ll be interesting to see how this’ll work. Right now it is titled Stronger than the Sword. 

So far I have some basic plot points, the interior conflict for the main character, as well as names and the beginning character sketches for my two most important characters.

October is the preparation month and then November will be the writing month. Though I might not finish the rough draft in a single month. Especially, if I make it a full length novel! (50,000 or more words I believe)

I also need to begin the edits on Retreat, but I’ll have to see if I can do both projects. If I can’t, Retreat may have to be put off until later.

How about all of you guys? Do you have an idea for your book this year? Have you begun plotting and figuring out the characters? I would love to hear about your projects in the comments below.

Happy NaNoWriMo, it’s just one month away!

Writing for His glory,

David B. Hunter

Why I write

It’s a neat dream to be a professional author, right? You get to stay at home all day and peck on your keyboard. Besides, you can make some great money entertaining your readers.

Those may be some good reasons, but I have a higher one. I want to positively impact the lives of my readers, not just entertain, but inspire. Not only making earthly treasure, but amassing heavenly gain.

I want to bring hope to the despairing. Write characters to role model. Shine a light in the sometimes dark world of books.

This won’t just be a just a job, but a mission field. To spread the good news of Christ, encouraging believers, and just giving kids something wholesome to fill their minds with.

Through all my books, future and past, I want to glorify God. Whether that’s in an overtly Christian book, or one which has Christian themes, it really doesn’t matter as long as God uses my words for His purposes.David Author Picture

So, yes, that’s why I write and I pray that God will use my writing for His glory.

I suggest you ask yourself why you are really writing. For God’s glory or your own?