VLOGANOVEL — Nightblade: Episode Five

VLOGANOVEL — Nightblade: Episode Five

It’s time for the next VlogaNovel series on the VlogaNovel YouTube channel! The embedded playlist above contains EVERY video as I live outline, write, edit, format and publish Nightblade: Episode Five. If you’re a writer, check it out to get an idea of someone else’s process. If you’re a reader of the series, tune in for exclusive behind-the-scenes content you won’t be able to hear anywhere else! BUY THE BOOK HERE: http://garrettbrobinson.com/nb-5 START THE SERIES HERE:...
VLOGANOVEL—Nightblade: Episode Four

VLOGANOVEL—Nightblade: Episode Four

Welcome to the VlogaNovel for Nightblade: Episode Four. In the past I’ve posted EACH new VlogaNovel video as its own post on this blog. But that cluttered up the feed and turned a lot of people off. So now I’ll just be posting a single post, and updating it with each new video. The video at the top there is the PLAYLIST, so you can watch everything in sequence there. And as for all the written work, you can find that below. I hope this new format is easier to consume and preferable to the majority of viewers. We’re starting Nightblade: Episode Four! Here we...
When it Comes to Characters, Less is More

When it Comes to Characters, Less is More

So I’m going through final edits of my upcoming novel Rebel Yell right now. And I do mean final, final edits. This will be the last time I change the story or the characters. After this pass, there will be a final copy editing read-out-loud (which will double as the audiobook recording) but that’s it. The book will be done and ready to come out on August 15th. The last and most major change in this pass will be a severe alteration of one of the story’s principal characters: Steve’s girlfriend, Jess. Jess is, without question, the character my beta readers hated the most. All of them want her to die, and some of them want her to die violently. Sharks with laser beam foreheads have been suggested as an acceptable method of execution. I realized how much more interesting the whole story would be if Jess were more sympathetic, and Steve less so. If instead of a wretched termagant, I turned her into a misled, uninspired but ultimately supportive girlfriend who isn’t hateful toward Steve, but not good for him either. In the current version, when their relationship ends there’s an overwhelming sense of relief with no corresponding sadness for the good times they once had. How could there be? The reader never gets to see the good times, because they’re only described in passing, not represented in the book. So I went into the edit of the first chapter expecting to need some heavy, heavy revision of Jess’ dialogue and Steve’s accompanying response. After all, she was about to go from boring and bitchy to complex and confused....