So it Begins (Yes, I’m Quoting From the Intro to Babylon Five!)

Today marks the first day of writing fresh words on the next novel. I’d spent a few weeks after finishing the last project to do brainstorming/plot talks/character stuff/outlining: all the pre-writing prep I’ve done and that has seemed to work for the past few novels.

But today, I began cranking out the wordage again. Got 1100 words done in an hour, so it looks like I’m starting off like usual. Woot!

I won’t delve too deeply into the story. Let’s just say it’s urban fantasy with smashing of noir. I’ve been in a gritty mood for a while, and since the last book was YA, it will be fun to relish in vivid and visceral descriptions again.

I have limited wisdom on novel writing to share. I’ve written five in the past two and a half years and one thing I can say is that the only constant is my word rate. Everything else has been kind of a surprise. The longest one took the shortest time to write. My second YA fantasy was the hardest to do because it was outside my comfort zone of the “mimetic” world and I was very conscious about making a cool secondary world. The funnest novel was a crime thriller where I could use all my old punk rock experiences and pop culture knowledge. The best, I’d say, was rooted in a solid premise and my training as a historian.

Every novel, like every short story, is its own beast. And I hope this one is raging. So far, I’m off to a good start. Let’s hope I can finish strong, too.

And nothing says raging and gritty like Ministry, so here’s a tune for the post rapture blue, “Jesus Built My Hotrod.”

About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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