So, I think he’s my new favorite French resident author. I’ve always fantasized that resident French authors hang out on balconies, smoking cigarettes, and handwriting witty prose. From talking with Jams, this is only partially true — but who am I to burst my own bubble?
Anyhow, Jams is a crime fiction author with a lot of things to say and interesting quips on the craft of writing. Check out his guest blog and then some Q&A from one writer to another.
I advise that you enjoy this with a French-pressed cup of French Roast coffee. Two lumps, please!
It Starts as an Idea…
What came first, the chicken or the egg? How about, what came first, the desire to write a book, or
the idea for content of a book?
Some people know that they want to write a novel, it’s a lifelong dream for some; it’s on the list of
things to do before they die.
For me, it’s the other way around. Every now and again, an idea will pop into my brain, the
proverbial light bulb will switch on and glow above my head and I’ll feel the need to do something
about it. But let me get this straight, neither of my novels miraculously appeared in my mind,
complete and ready for typing up and presenting to the world.
It literally starts as an idea, a character that would be interesting to write about is conjured up,
maybe a mixture of people I know or have read about. Maybe it’s a situation that I’d just witnessed
in the real world, and it was so bizarre or funny or dangerous that just letting it slip away into history
would be a shame without sharing the experience.
And as fun as these initial ideas for a story are to have, the reality of turning them into a novel, or
novella, even just a short story is hard as nails!
But, if you are considering writing a manuscript, don’t let that out you off.
Once you have identified one or two characters that you want to write about, and you have an idea
as to what the story’s subject matter is, you’ll know how you want it to end, and probably how it will
begin, but connecting the two ends of a story is where the real graft begins.
Creating a story, placing layer upon layer to give your story depth, and to make the characters come
across as believable is tricky, time consuming, but achievable.
Once you’ve got an idea as to how your characters and the plot go hand in hand, you’ve then got to
think about how you want to tell the story. In what voice will you engaging your reader? I’m talking
about your style of writing.
My first two novels ‘Get Clean’ and ‘Son of a Serial Killer’ are both crime related, not the same exact
genre, but both similar in that they are dark, and set in the real world, contemporary fiction if you
I use short, sharp chapters, jumping from scene to scene to create a fast-paced feel to proceedings.
I’m also awfully blunt with my words, descriptions of deaths or sex (never mixed thus far!) are fine
with me, but won’t be suitable for children or those who are easily offended, so having an idea as
to who will be reading the sort of book you’re writing is something to consider when choosing your
diction, and the general tone and mood of the piece.
Also, like a character actor, but not quite as extreme, it is good to get into the spirit of your book,
maintain the same mood as you write each chapter. I do this by reading the last chapter or two
from my last writing session before writing the next one, hoping to carry on the tone of the writing
seamlessly. Although, saying that, any obvious problems should be picked up when editing.
Yeah, I said editing.
And don’t worry, editing isn’t the chore that you may think (well, it is a little bit), it is an opportunity
to correct any mistakes, yes, but also to improve the story overall, and will increase your level of
satisfaction no end, especially when you start getting those positive reviews from your first readers.
So if you have that initial idea for a book, then spare some time, sit down and give it a go.
And if you are someone that has always dreamt of being an author, then take a look around you,
watch the news, listen to others when you are out and about, and sooner or later that spark will
There are more and more avenues for publication and promotional tools for writers becoming
available than ever before, so there’s no excuse, now is the time to learn the craft.
Q&A with Author Jams. N. Roses
Jams N. Roses – Books & Blogs
Get Clean available for purchase >>here<<
Son of a Serial Killer available for purchase >>here<<
Jam N. Roses’ Blog viewable >>here<<
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