Over the past two years, I’ve been working on, and
threatening promising, to release my next book, Truffle Butter. And just when I think I’m close, something happens to thwart my plans.
“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft agley”
—Robert Burns, “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough”
Well, here’s yet another update, rife with announcements, promises, and yada yada yada.
- Truffle Butter has a new title
That’s right. There’s still going to be references to the original title, ad it will make sense why it was initially titled as such, but the joke is old, the moment has passed, and I’m no longer amused by it. The book’s new title is Hollywood Whisper.
- There’s a new release date
Hollywood Whisper will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 — and I’m holding firm to this. Also, this will be just in time for the holiday season, so you can buy a copy for yourself, and then buy it as a holiday gift for all your book-loving friends! Win-win!
- The first chapter will be published online soon
I don’t exactly know when, but soon. So keep an eye out for it!
“Say hello to KIARA SPIVEY.”
So in between writing Truffle Butter and plotting out my next novel after that (tentatively titled The Easters), I’ve been plotting out a couple of story lines that I believe will herald my glorious return to the world of screenwriting.
For those who don’t know, screenwriting has always been my No. 1 passion. But after a supposed sure-thing deal fell through, I gave up on my Hollywood dreams. Having now written a few books, and having those books be fairly well-received, I’ve gained the confidence and desire to seriously pursue screenwriting once again.
Continue reading “I’m Back on My Screenwriting #jfxxxvi”
The other night at the bar (you’ll soon discover that most of my stories begin this way) I was telling a buddy of mine about an idea I had for a screenplay. It’s the tale of an adulterous wife, and I get to the part where she finally sleeps with the other man.
“Yeah!” my buddy said, highly enthused. “You can ratchet up the tension till that point. Then, in the sequel, you can show how it affects the husband and how he deals with —”
At this point I had to shut him up while giving him the Nick Young face.
Number one, I was confused as to why he would think the story would just end with the woman embarking on an affair, but secondly, and most importantly, I’m not thinking about a sequel. Hell, I’m try’na get Part One done!
I think this is a mistake a lot of writers make, whether we’re talking about screenplays or novels or whatever. They’ve got an idea for an epic scene or character, but they want to wait to use it.
For why tho? Continue reading “Don’t Save Anything for the Sequel #JFWriteTip #jfxxxvi”
I received an email the other day from Nick Thacker at WriteHacked that asked this very question. “For a lot of people, the answer’s as simple as ‘I can’t NOT write,’” says Thacker, and I suppose such a facile answer would be true for me as well.
But as Thacker posits, there’s got to be more to it than that. “Why do I spend this time writing when I could be hanging out with friends/family?” he asks. “Why do I write if I’m not making money doing it?”
This got me to thinking: yes, Jay, why do you write?
Continue reading “Why Do I Write? #jfxxxvi”