Jump to content

Welcome to Christian Writers!

We are a friendly community built around Christian writing, publishing, reading and fellowship. Register or sign in today to join in the fun!

Jeff Potts

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Jeff Potts last won the day on December 21 2019

Jeff Potts had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

121 Excellent


Recent Profile Visitors

200 profile views
  1. Technically speaking - and if I remember correctly - the series started with a story about a Djinn and his bride. And I'm not sure if points should be deducted for even the mere mention of Pacific Rim... 😁
  2. Sometimes I just let a chapter or concept "ferment" in my brain until I can't stand it any more, and spill it out onto the page. My family must think I am completely nuts as I sit there mumbling dialog to myself over and over again, looking for something that stands out. But yeah - there are a number of times where I'm thumping on a keyboard, and I write something a that makes me going, "ohhhh yeah!"
  3. I'm not sure what is meant by "last possible moment." I always harken back to a scene in a TV series (by the BBC?) called Arabian Nights. It is an adaptation of the classic, but the heroine has to keep telling compelling, engrossing stories every night or her husband - who has gone mad from former betrayal - will kill her. So she goes to an old story teller she likes, looking for advice. He gives her an example of a story where he is walking down a street one day, and comes across the Angel of Death. The point being: if you're going to tell a story, start with something that will have your audience puzzling as to what your opening salvo means. It doesn't mean starting late. It does mean, however, that you need to tickle their curiosity.
  4. The first book I wrote - a programming primer - did not include word count in the agreement. So when I delivered a 400 page book, the publisher freaked. Consequently, they didn't last long.
  5. I'd disagree on the Hobbit. The Elf / Dwarf romance thing just about made me barf. I mean, really...c'mon! And they nearly put Arwen in the battle of Helms Deep. When it got out the Tolkien fans had a fit. In the extended editions Liv Tyler talks about how she was getting called Xena Warrior Princess because of it. I know the family had a firm grip on the works. The fans are just about as rabid. I think they tried to do a good job on Lord of the Rings. But they made a grave mistake trying to push the Hobbit out to 3 movies.
  6. It was the Simirillion (sp:?) that really drew me into the lore of Middle Earth. It lead me back to Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
  7. Sounds like a call I get from tech recruiters. Except when they get you into the interview, the salary expectations suddenly drop 25% from your asking price. Don't even get me started with the guys who call from "Microsoft Support" telling me they need to get into my computer to "fix" things...
  8. Also, I learned from the GRRM books that too many characters are bad. His fans love the depth, but I found all of the mentions and diverse POV utterly annoying. Its nice that you can read (hear) the book and find a POV you like. It is annoying having to filter through POV characters you despise. So it is a mixed bag.
  9. "What dreck!" = rewrite. My current WIP is being redone after more than a decade on the shelf. The concepts, story, and moral underpinnings are are sound. I know what I have. The execution, however, was awful. I have rewritten more than 75% of original manuscript, and added a bunch of elements that were needed to make the story sound. I have pieces of another story that I've let stew for a while. The concept deals with the nature of salvation. It answers the atheist question of: if I've been a monster in life, yet claim I believe a second before I die, how can I be saved? In this one the message and heroic arc are powerful, but I am struggling with story elements. So it is going to sit. I have no doubt I will finish it. I just need some time for stuff to "ferment."
  10. Is definitely split and trim. One of those videos from the agents at Boomends was talking about 250000 words being unpublishable. You're twice that. Find a spot that ends after something profound or after some sort of high drama or action, and stop there. Then figure out how to restart after that. I deal with BIG software projects, so understanding how to work an unwieldy manuscript is not that hard for me. 500000 words gives you a minimum of 5 novels in a series. Don't try to work that thing all at once. Use smaller bites.
  11. My current thought with Book 2 is to start from a battle scene that leads to the ending of book 1, but from a different character POV. THat's where I re-hook the reader, and reintroduce the characters. After reading the responses here, I'm less concerned now about starting in a low spot with the next book. There is a lot of interesting stuff, just not a lot of sword-swinging. And if a couple of you could, do a quick critique on my first chapter redo in the Critique section. I need some feedback. Thanks.
  12. Well, thats good. Because the main arc of the story is the growth of specific characters.
  13. One does not justify the other. I know you're not saying that, but "wrongs," is a very slippery term. The Reign of Terror was played out more than once. In Russia, what replaced the tyranny of the Czars was a brutal, oppressive government that made the Czars look like choir boys. The same with Cambodia, and China, and a bunch of other places. And in each and every case, the same tactics were applied as those highlighted in the - grimly comical - romance literary guild debacle. Most of the people making the noise have never seen real bigotry and oppression. You know the type where they put you into camps, put fire hoses on you, or sic dogs on you. And last time I checked, I believe that we are supposed to forgive those that wrong us. That means letting go of the grudge, and not talking about injustice and genuine wrongs. 'Cuz, you know, Jesus and stuff. There is a horror trope that seems to play out over-and-over in literature: the monster always turns on its maker. That and Godzilla stomping Tokyo. The fact is, when flawed men (and women) decide they need to play God and judge, they often make things worse - not better. And history is replete with such examples.
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.