Paul has generously offered a copy of the Murder in La-La Land anthology, which opens with his story Continental Tilt and a copy of the Deadly Ink 2010 Short Story Collection with his story Poison Heart to two lucky readers who post a comment this week. -- AP
Great advice, Paul. thank you!
As someone who lived through the 1940s, I love anything set in that time (especially the music!)and would like to read Murder in La-La Land.
Best of luck to you, Paul, and thanks for the post.
Please enter me in the drawing.
I think a screen writer has the advantage of showing a menacing home,dark spooky woods,snow covered mountain range,barren desert,etc. to set a mood.Writers are somewhat limited to words.Describe too much and the readers eyes cross and page flipping begins.Too little and the right atmosphere,mood and emotions are missing.I respect both of creativity.Both take sweat,blood, and hours alone in front of a keyboard or with cramped fingers curled around a pencil, cursing their vacationing muse.Most writers couldn't stop writing even if they wanted to.
I'm glad the novel's era interests some of you. I found it really interesting doing the research, though very distracting from the actual writing. And, as one of you said, I also love the music from that era. But to clarify, the novel-in-progress, "The Blues Don't Care," is set in the forties, not the stories in either "Murder In La-La Land" or "Deadly Ink".
Re: cutting to the chase, I know it's hard to make these cuts and sometimes editors (or producers or whoever) want changes that aren't really good so you have to stick to your guns too if you really believe in something. On the other hand, I had a former writing partner some time ago who used to say in a real sing-songy voice, "Now Paul, this bit/scene/whatever is really, really good. And we'll use it sometime, just not in this piece." So you might want to save some of your babies for something else.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you do delete something that isn't totally necessary to your plot or character development, only you will know it's missing. Nobody else will miss it. It's easier said than done and a hard thing to do in practice, but a good habit to get into.
Thanks again for all your comments.
Thanks to all.