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Recent blog posts in the category Genji Press: Projects:

Genji Press: Projects: Yet Another Left Turn

A new, new project rears its head, all but overnight.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/09/14 19:00

Wednesday nights, I hop online and hobnob with a circle of fellow creators (including Steven Savage); we get caught up on each others' lives, swap ideas, chew the fat about whatever might be going on. Given that I'm no longer in a neck of the woods where I can just casually hang out with fellow creators, it's a lifeline. Last night, I posited an idea to the group that I'd had kicking around for some time, but which finally took shape in that discussion.

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Tags: Evolver  Godflesh  Godspeed You! Black Emperor (band)  Lustmørd  future projects 

Flight of the Vajra: The Road Not Taken And All That

How 'Flight Of The Vajra' could have begun altogether differently.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/09/05 08:00

It's tough finding the right way into a story sometimes. I must have written something like four or five openings for Flight Of The Vajra (my gonzo far-future space opera shindiggythingy) before finally settling on the one I have now. Some of those alternate openings could have been great, but I think if I'd used them as conceived, they would have come at a debilitating cost to the story as a whole.

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Tags: Flight of the Vajra  rewriting  writing 

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Novel

On my unease with creating longer works.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/09/04 19:00

Of all the things that have bugged me about Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, one of them is its projected length. The book is, as best I can tell, going to run at least 200,000 words. (230K is my current projected estimate.)

You know why this bothers me? Because one of my very own pet peeves is doorstopper novels that barely seem to be able to justify half or even a third of their length. I suffered through the first cinderblock volume of A Game Of Throning Dragon Crow Swords -- easily the most joyless cultural artifact to achieve anything like mainstream success -- and the idea of having to slog through five (it's now six) more books in that vein suddenly made cleaning the grout in the bathroom seem inordinately absorbing.

Some of this is me saying to myself, "What right do I have to ask people to sit through however many hundred thousand words of my own drivel?" I've already done it once (with Flight Of The Vajra), and I feel downright uneasy asking people to do it all over again.

So I asked some friends what they thought. And wisdom ensued!

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Tags: editing  writers  writing 

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: You Did That For A Reason, Remember?

On rewriting: "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a REASON!"

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/26 19:00

About one-fifth of the way through Draft 2 edits on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Already I've performed some significant surgery -- cut multiple scenes down, telescoped them into each other.

The hardest issue I deal with in such work is the temptation to justify the existence of whatever is already in the manuscript. "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a reason." That whole routine. Horribly familiar, isn't it?

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned  editing  rewriting  writing 

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: The Long And Winding Checklist

On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/08 08:00

Writing wonkery ahead.

Over the weekend I finished putting together the scene map for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and slotted into it the "things to do" collected from the notes I'd kept during the first draft process. Some details follow for those not in the know.

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned  François Truffaut  TiddlyWiki  organization  rewriting 

Genji Press: Projects: The Empire's New Tools

New tools for publishing on Kindle are a major step forward.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/07 08:00

In the time between I last published something through Amazon Kindle and now, Amazon has introduced new tools for e-publishing. They're a dramatic improvement over the earlier toolchain -- easier to use, easier to comprehend, and something I can get results from in minutes, not hours.

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Tags:  Kindle  ebooks  publishing 

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: Map Vs. Territory

On finding my way through the second draft of a story.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/02 08:00

Time to lift the hood on my work habits a little. The second draft process for one of my books -- Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in particular, which is the one I'm currently rewriting -- works something like this.

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Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned  rewriting  writing 

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