Lessons from My Reading

M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer, blogs about the books she reads--mostly fantasy and mystery authors whose books catch her eye and keep her interest. Nothing so formal as a book review, just chats about what she liked. Theodoratus also mutters about her own writing progress or ... lack of it.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Challenge of Writing: Solving Craft Problems by Wolf Schimanski


Today my guest blogger is Wolf Schimanski, thriller writer and author of Meter of Deception and Meter of Corruption.

The Challenge of Writing:
Solving Craft Problems

     My Worst Writing Fear? Interesting question. I love to write and have my ideas come to life in print. I struggle with bad habits such as lengthy paragraphs and sentences, whether my chapters are too long or two short and if my I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed like I suspect most writers do. I have learned a lot from the experience of writing my first book and tried my best not to make the same mistakes again. It’s an evolving process; if you want to get proficient in something you have to practice, practice and practice some more and that is what I am attempting to do.
            Another thing that frustrates me massively is the expectation of perfection that some readers seem to have. What impresses them is perfect punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure and everything else that comes with it. I have read literally hundreds of novels by the best authors on this planet and still see mistakes even with the professional editing staff they have at their disposal. But I am looking for an exciting story that makes my heart race and keeps me up at night turning the pages. A mysterious, intriguing and captivating story with a killer plot, great pro and antagonists and that excitement of not knowing what is on the next page until I turn it, is what I strive most of all for.  
            Writing is the magic to paint a scene from words to the big screen of imagination and the best writers have learned the formula for doing it consistently over and over and over again. That is why they are the best. And what else am I doing to get to that level? Read, read and read some more and write, write and write even more. I am one dimensional in the sense I only have created lengthy action/thrillers to this point as that is where my passion lies. Writing smaller pieces such as this is certainly a welcome way to hone my craft.
            One of the things on my bucket list besides finishing my third novel is to set up and dedicate some time to a blog weekly as it will commit me to write consistently as currently I write in spurts. One chapter and then I may not write again for a week. But I am working on that and have settled down to a more regular pattern. I am also in the process of joining a local writers society in my town as I am learning is that I can’t do it alone and need input and help from others who are more knowledgeable and experienced  than I am.
            These are some of my writing issues and how I am attempting to deal with them. The beauty of writing is that the sky is the limit but you need to get off the ground first to get there.

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Author Bio:
Wolf Schimanski

     Wolf Schimanski is a man of many interests and talents. He has trained in martial arts, enjoys a variety of sports and is an accomplished guitarist and musician. Professionally Schimanski worked many years in the information technology, management and financial planning industries.
            An avid reader turned breakthrough author, Schimanski brings his own unique spin to the action/thriller genre and thus far has released two exceptionally gripping, fast paced works of fiction---Meter of Deception and Meter of Corruption.              
           Schimanski lives with his wife Terri and divides his time between their lakeside home in Mount Forest, Ontario in the summer and their winter residence in London Ontario, Canada.  He is currently working on his third novel, the final installment in the Meter trilogy. 

          So how let me tell you a little about how “Meter of Corruption” came to be. I have been an avid reader of Action/Thrillers all my life and one day asked myself what type of story would I like to read?

The old washed out alcoholic detective theme stumbling along in a serial killers tracks had been done to death in so many ways, I really wanted to breathe some fresh life into the genre.  Take  4 friends,  furious action, a relentless pace, an evil and ruthless villain, some humorous and sexy diversions and an ending no one will see coming!

You can purchase Meter of Corruption at Amazon and B&N Nook.                                                                                       
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 Blurb:
METER OF CORRUPTION 
    
                                                                                   
  Jon-Erik, Joey, Angel, and Tina have been through some severe tough times together, and they’ve made it through to the other side. But just as things are fina
lly calming down and starting to go smoothly for them, chaos reenters their lives, and it threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

This highly anticipated sequel to author Wolf Schimanski’s debut novel Meter of Deception finds the fearless foursome comfortably settled into a domestic paradise. Jon-Erik and Angel as well as Joey and Tina have settled down and are engaged to be married, and the men are working together as partners in Joey’s family furniture business.

  But corporate shark Richard Rasmussin has his sights set on their business, and he’s determined to swallow it whole. A ruthless, underhanded, crooked man, he’ll stop at nothing until he takes hold of the business, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that no one interferes with his larger, wide-sweeping wicked schemes.

  Can these four friends muster up the courage and skill to survive Rasmussin’s attacks? Or will they fall victim to corruption, depravity, and danger that is unprecedented even for them?

  The second installment in the Meter trilogy, Meter of Corruption, follows the protagonists as they battle to protect their lives and livelihoods from the sinister web that threatens to suffocate them. Full of non-stop action, unexpected plot twists, and spine-tingling revelations, this page-turner spans wayward and exotic locations, such as Jamaica and Russia, and delves into an underworld so dark and diabolical it’ll leave you at a loss for words.


              
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