Confessions of a Compulsive Writer

Posted by sjreidhead@mac.com on May 30, 2013 in Christian Essays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Opera, Tombstone, Works In Progress |

CIMG0459It’s like this.  I’ve been writing, obsessively and compulsively since the end of July.  So far, I’ve produced about 1400 manuscript pages that included my first two murder mysteries, and am wrapping up a book on Christian essays.  I’m about 100 pages into my third murder mystery.

Okay, I confess, I’m having fun killing people!  If anyone were to study my Google searches, I’d be under a jail by now for all the things I’ve had to look up and research.  It’s a heck of a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a lot about stuff one should never use in real life.

Do you know the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?  If not, stay tuned for my first murder mystery.  Yes, it has a title.  Yes, there are discussions about a publisher.  I’m holding back because once it goes out, I can’t revise anything.  I’m learning that if I work with all three books at the same time, I can make subtle changes in story lines and characters. Let’s face it, it’s a tremendous advantage.  Once it goes to a publisher, I can’t change anything, later on.

I have titles for everything.  I’m not revealing those titles, just yet.  But, what I will tell you is that they take place in modern day Tombstone.  They are stupid, funny, slap-stick, slip on a banana peel with no basis in reality.  I don’t want realty. I want to escape.

I’ve created a hero who is truly heroic.  If you know anything about me, I’m an opera freak.  My hero is a baritone, one of the leading singers in the world.  He is what is known as a Barihunk!  His fiance in the first book, and wife in the middle of the second constantly compares him, quite unfavorably to my favorites Sherrill Milnes and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.  He is constantly deleting Hvorostovsky’s music from her iPhone and deleting the ring tones she has made from his music, just to annoy her.  (Oh for such a life!)

The second book was a bit of a problem because I did not decide who done it until the last 100 pages or so.  I once read where my literary idol Tony Hillerman did not start out knowing who his murderer was until he was so far into a book.  The idea was too keep the reader guessing.  I’m trying to do that.  I changed my mind so many times in the second book that I hope it is full of delicious red herring.



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