Category: Writing

Nov 13, 2017
By Michael Rupured

Re-Energized

December 17th marks the fifth anniversary of the release of my first novel. Signing the contract made me a pro. Becoming a published author remains the coolest thing I’ve ever done. The fame and fortune I imagined would follow still hasn’t panned out. My expectations were out of whack. In my neck of the writing world, selling 1000 copies is great. Selling more than 5000 is fantastic. That’s a lot fewer zeroes than I’d envisioned. It’s not the money. My financial security isn’t tied to book income, thank God, or I’d have starved four-and-a-half years ago. I want people to read and, hopefully, enjoy my stories. Anything else is icing on the cake. For reasons both beyond my control and of my …

Oct 30, 2017
By Michael Rupured

Write What You Know

Every aspiring writer has heard “write what you know.” This age-old adage expresses a general truth that has stood the test of time. My understanding of those four words, however, has evolved with each book I’ve written. I took “write what you know” literally for my first novel. Until Thanksgiving is loosely based on a major event from my life: Moving for a job from Lexington KY, where my family has lived for generations, to Washington DC. I never had a run in with a serial killer, but main character Josh Freeman and I lived in Dupont Circle around the same time and frequented the same restaurants, bars, and other places. Memories weren’t much help for my second or third novels. No Good …

Oct 16, 2017
By Michael Rupured
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Three Tweaks Shave Eight Months off Time to Write Novel

Three tweaks to my writing process enabled me to finish The Case of the Missing Drag Queen in a record-breaking four months rather than the usual twelve or more needed to write my first four books. To be honest, the changes brought my process more in line with what experts recommend. #SlowLearner Tweak #1: Write Every Day I tried to write every day. In the past, I’ve waited for weekends and other days off and written until I simply couldn’t write anymore. The greater the time between sessions, the longer it took to get back into the story, and the more likely I was to waste time editing and revising instead of adding new chapters. Tweak #2:  Stop in the …

Jul 31, 2017
By Michael Rupured

Progress!

Each of my first four books took about a year to write. This past weekend, I hit 30,000 words — roughly the midpoint of the novel I started writing six weeks ago. At this rate, I’ll reach the end sometime in September. Finishing in three months rather than the usual twelve is amazing. That’s like trimming my time to run a mile from twelve minutes to a world-record-breaking three minutes. Why has The Case of the Missing Drag Queen come together so much faster? 1) It’s my first story centered around the transformation of the main character. My first four novels are more about gay life at particular points in time than the journey of any one character. I’m too thrilled to …

Jul 24, 2017
By Michael Rupured
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A Glimpse of the Future

I haven’t taken more than a few days off from the day job for years. Nobody fills in when I’m out. An overwhelming quantity of emails, phone messages, and snail mail waiting when I return offset the benefits of getting away. I use vacation days a few at a time for long weekends throughout the year. I went into work on June 26 and, after checking my calendar, decided on a whim to take off until July 10. For thirteen glorious days, I hardly left the house. I did check my work email regularly and ended up having to go to the office once. But the rest of the time, I did exactly what I wanted to do. Not long …

Jul 03, 2017
By Michael Rupured
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Saved by a Character Profile Template

Planning my next novel with the three-act structure has been a piece of cake. Identifying the central conflict and major plot points for a Luke Tanner mystery and writing short descriptions for every scene took a couple of hours. But before I could start writing, however, the characters needed to be fleshed out. A template an editor shared with me consists of thirty or so questions about physical appearance, psychology, sociology, role in the story, and history. Developing a profile for Luke and ten supporting characters took an hour or longer for each one, but was worth the time and effort. Although still subject to tweaking, the characters are clear in my head. I also have way more information about each …

Jun 26, 2017
By Michael Rupured
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Uninformed Pantsing

Writing fiction was missing from my formal education. Discussions about the novels and short stories we read in school revolved around major themes, symbolism, and meaning — not how to craft a story. Or maybe I just forgot. Either way, I consider myself a self-taught author. I make my stories up as I go along. Writers call it pantsing. Based on my recent epiphany, I’d call my old process “uninformed pantsing.” Rather than the main character’s journey, my stories revolve around an event (or series of events) with a cast of characters to show how things play out. Sometimes, it worked. More often, it did not — especially lately. After my epiphany about the central role of the main character …

Apr 25, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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New Home for an Old Story

DsP Publications releases No Good Deed tomorrow. It’s been available for preorder since January from the publisher, and since early March from Amazon and other outlets. The first edition was published as After Christmas Eve by MLR Press in 2013. My four novels include enough romance — barely — to have been picked up by romance publishers. Thanks to the folks at DsP and MLR for giving me a chance and for everything they’ve done along the way to help my writing career. I’m truly grateful. In the gay romance genre, I was a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. The covers and blurbs for my stories were crafted to appeal to gay romance readers. Readers expecting that kind of story are …

Jan 27, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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Whippersnapper Blog Tour and Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Whippersnapper this coming Friday, I’m doing a giant, three-week blog tour. As part of the tour, I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon. For a chance to win, visit any of the sites participating in the tour. The tour will take place from today through February 19. Participating sites are listed below. Visit any (or all!) by clicking on the date (below) to register for a chance to with the Amazon gift card. FYI, I’ll be updating the links as the posts go live. January 27, Prism Book Alliance January 28, Drops of Ink January 29, The Purple Rose Tea House February 1, KathyMac Reviews February 2, Cathy Writes Romance February 3, …

Jan 25, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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TTFN, Luke Tanner

I’ve been not working on my current work in progress for several months. “I haven’t been” sounds like maybe someone or something else is to blame. “I’ve been not working” puts the responsibility where it belongs. Months ago, I wrote the first three chapters of the first book in the Luke Tanner, Private Eye series. Since then, I’ve been not working on it. Early on, I changed up a few details every time I read a chapter, but where to go next eluded me. So I worked on other stuff. My writing time is limited by the demands of the day job and other responsibilities. Preparing my weekly posts for this blog takes more time than it should. Blog posts …

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