Author: J. W. Judge (page 1 of 11)

Word Count Chronicles: Day 94 (A Bit of Self-Betrayal)

After writing more than two thousand words last weekend, which represented a real breakthrough compared to what I’d been experiencing for the rest of the month of February, I haven’t written any words this week. This feels like a betrayal of myself. But it can hardly be helped.

What I have done is revise the first ten chapters of Vulcan Rising. Just some cleanup editing. I hope to do another twenty chapters or so this weekend, then finish up with it next week. Then I can truly put this behind me, except for the marketing, and really focus on Walls Ascending.8

Word Count Chronicles: Day 93 (Holy moly, folks!)

2/17: No words to speak of. It’s been a heck of a last few days. My laptop died, and a new one is on the way. I did surgery but was unable to revive it.

In the interim, I’ve decided to give Vulcan Rising one final pass, and I cannot believe how many word-choice changes I still want to make. I’m not sure in retrospect that this was a good idea. As in, am I making it better or just different? Oh well. I’ve done the first seven chapters. Might as well do the rest.

Word Count Chronicles: Day 91 (finishing a Chapter)

2/13: 512 words. According to my word count spreadsheet, today is the first time in the two weeks that I’ve gone over 500 words. I’m hoping for a more productive next couple of weeks. But I’m kind of writing into the dark right now, and this book is flowing less easily at this point than did Vulcan Rising.

I finished Chapter 7 this morning and know how Chapter 8 begins and develops, so I guess that’s enough for now.

Converting Your Nightmares into Novels

I’ve always been a vivid dreamer. As far back as I can remember, I have had dreams and nightmares that felt as real as anything I experienced in my waking hours. Lately, I have allowed some of those dreams to fuel my writing. Two dreams I had in 2020 served as the catalysts for me writing my first novel, Vulcan Rising. But what of the nightmares? Those are a little harder to embrace. What if you convert your nightmares into novels or short stories?

Expectant Writer Convert Your Nightmares into Novels

Turn Your Nightmares into Novels and Short Stories

Nearly twenty years ago I started writing my dreams down. I have folders and notebooks that are riddled with bizarre dreams. And sometimes it seemed that the more I wrote down, it had an amplification effect. The dreams I remembered got weirder and more frequent.

So I was always hesitant to write down my nightmares. What if I had the same experience and the nightmares too increased in frequency and intensity? I can tell you I’d rather not increase the number of time I wake up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep and afraid to do so if I could, for fear that I might fall back into the same dream sequence.

But then I started having nightmares that the more I reflected on them, the more they seemed like good premises to horror and fantasy stories. So I started writing them down as well. My sleep hasn’t been more interrupted, but I do have more story ideas that I’ve been accumulating.

So when you open a story from me sometime in the future to read about what happens in your first two weeks in purgatory or why a child who was kidnapped doesn’t have any memory of his life before he was returned to his family, just know that you have these stories because I converted my nightmares into novels.

What kind of worlds can you create and how can you dazzle your readers if you allow yourself to peer into the darkness and writing down the nightmares that keep you from sleeping?

Word Count Chronicles: Day 87 (Writing into the Dark)

2/7: 258 words. We are now at that part of the novel where I know (most of) the major plot points I need to hit but haven’t figured out the specifics of how we’re going to reach those destinations. So that’s both invigorating and terrifying. Just imagine my face as the grimacing emoji on your phone, and you’ll have an accurate depiction of me.