Monday, June 22, 2015

Bruce Nauman's Performance Art in my WiP "Get In Line"

"How'd you come up with your idea for that novel?"

I'm bored?

No, seriously, I'm researching book 2 in my Toein' The Line series.

Jump The Line, book one, took me out on a limb.  You've said in your Amazon reviews that you love Jump The Line, and you don't seem put off by my choice of first person present PoV.

Then why go out on a limb?  Why risk pissing you off?

I Love Performance Art and Reader Immersion
In the future, books will be a brand of performance art that immerses you interactively, just as performance art does its audience.   We're already talking about "choose your own adventure" and "gamebook" novels, and gaming is fairly immersive today.

So back to where I got my idea for Get In Line, which is book 2 in my Toein' The Line series.  What if, I asked myself, my killer wanted to involve his victims' families in his macabre art of murder the way performance artists do their audiences?  Then I took my what-if scenario a step ahead.  What if my protagonist, Alaina Colby, and her boyfriend, Aidan Hawks, wanted to play around with performance art in their love life?

Hmmm.  I'd have to be careful, since my murderer, aka "Picasso," could be too creepy for words.  And I wouldn't want to draw any parallels between his idea of murder as performance art, and Alaina's and Aidan's playful experimentation.

Oops!  I've crawled right back out on that limb, I know.  Not sorry, either!

What do you think?  Am I heading in the right direction with Get In Line?  

I'll be sharing more soon.  Meantime, tell me if you like my ideas for book 2.

TTYL! Press Hard and Concentrate!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Premise Writing Ain't Poetry: Uncrapify!

Eternal Sunshine of the Forgotten Mind

"Huh?" you ask.  What does "eternal sunshine of the forgotten mind mean?  Um, exactly?" 

I don't know, either, and that's the problem with writing your novel's premise.  It's got to be exact.

Alexander Pope is a favorite of mine, but I gotta tell ya, premise writing ain't poetry.  Okay, maybe it is. It's certainly an art form.  But my point is that your novel's premise can't befuddle.  It's got to be clear what your novel's about.

Tough assignment, I know.  Calls for boiling your book down into a sentence or two, something we writers don't exactly enjoy.  But I'm not hangin' with Pope today, who says theory has no business in a work of art.  Ehhh!  Wrong, Alex!

My premise for Vengeance Is Mine: The Profiler's Passion.  Tell me if it's clear or not.  I'm open for suggestions. 

FBI profiler, Riley Cruz (protagonist) loves unscrewing and looking inside the skull of serial killer, Tannis Loomis, a new breed of female serial killer (objective), who's collecting juvenile vics faster than the Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe (situation), but when SAC Smith (opponent) comes to the field office and Riley falls in love (disaster), Special Agent in Charge, Carter Beck starts a war in Riley's heart, head and groin that will destroy everything she's ever believed about herself (conflict).

Want to get some specific guidance on writing your novel's premise?  K.M. Weiland is the best theorist on the Web.  Her "how to" is spot on--pure poetry.

Quit Whining and Write Your Premise!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Are Women Pissed? Getting Even? Rise of the New Serial Killer!

Mary McFarland, Author
Vengeance Is Mine: The Profiler's Passion
Golden Pen Award Winner in Romantic Suspense Category

Brains!  I Want to Pick Your Brains!
C'mon!  Tell me what you like--or don't--and why?  I'm bloggin' this book, and I'd love to pick your brains (ha!  that's a sick writer joke!).

Release Date for Vengeance Is Mine
After five years, I'm editing Vengeance Is Mine: The Profiler's Passion.  I'll release it on Amazon in September.  

Why Not Publish Vengeance Sooner?
Why'd I let this Golden Pen award winner collect dust for five years?  

I must do more than bring you a great story, which my idol, Stephen King, insists we writers do.  I'm a rebel, never satisfied with status quo.  Yes, I want to bring you a great story, but I want--when you read my novels--to give you a bone-chilling feel for what's going on in the real world.  As you and I know, the real FBI profiler doesn't run around in stilettos smiling prettily at her male counterpart.  Newwww, indeedy, she does not.  She's bull-nosed and ferociously devoted to her career.  Like you and me, however, she's also human.  Never mind the killers she profiles. She, too, has her issues.

Why Did I Write Vengeance?
So back in 2010, when Vengeance won--sweet!--I wanted to present profilers in a true light, along with their own psychological baggage, and I wanted to wrap this all in a story about the new breed of serial killer: women.

I found the best possible resource, Dr. Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, who wrote The New Predator: Women Who Kill, and I did my homework and then I wrote.

What Do You Think?
I'll share my premise for Vengeance in my next blog post, so you can tear it to pieces! So far, though, don't hold back.  Tell me what you think.