Young Adventurers: Heroes, Explorers & Swashbucklers

Young Adventurers: Heroes, Explorers & Swashbucklers

Tales of Teens Saving the Day in The Past, The Present, The Future & Other Worlds

young adventurers anthology

Look what came in the mail! I don’t normally blog about this stuff because self-promotion makes me uncomfortable sometimes, but I’m very proud to have my story “The Blue Orb” included in this anthology from Intrigue Publishing. Quite frankly, I don’t remember where the inspiration for this story came from. One day I just found myself at the end of writing this story.

Aside from my story, there are 16 wonderful and unique tales from a variety of very talented authors. My story is the very last one in the anthology and by the time I read through everyone else’s stories and reached my story I did not want to reread it for fear of feeling that my story isn’t that great! All of the stories are just that good.

This anthology will be available online and in bookstores starting December 1st.

Writing by hand is awesome

For generating ideas and getting things that are stuck in my head out of my head, I prefer writing by hand. It’s quicker and it’s messier and uglier, but it’s quicker. I don’t agonize over misspelled words or even constructing full sentences. I wasn’t always like this. I used to jot everything down, even really stupid, nonsensical things, in word documents that were then placed into neatly organized and properly labeled folders on my computer. I don’t have time for that anymore or I don’t care anymore. Anything that isn’t a first draft goes into a journal or notebook that I carry with me everywhere. It’s liberating to conveniently whip it out when I have something swirling in my head that needs to get out. What’s good might make it into a blog post or a story draft and what’s bad can stay between the pages and never see the light of day.

Which is great because I can cut down on the nonsense that I put on this blog. I don’t exactly feel pressured anymore to put up new content. That’s fewer things living on the internet that will make me cringe when I revisit them months later. When it’s past my bed time, it’s better that I’m putting half-baked thoughts into a crappy journal instead of on the internet. Though I just might be failing with this post.

Varying Sentence Structure

This is one of the all-time great quotes about writing from Gary Provost:

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”