I want to introduce myself. I am Garry with two "R"s. I have been writing for about 40 years and most everything published has been hunting, trapping, fishing and general outdoor related articles. I was politically active for many years, but given most of that at this time.
I spent quite a few years in law enforcement (county, state and Feds), I did criminal photography for three different departments for 7 years, so I have seen more than my share of gore. I still have bad nightmares from some of it.
I have been very active in conservation work most of my lfe. No, that is environmental, it is conservation. Believe me there is a big difference. One wants to hug a bunny and the other wants to put it on his plate for dinner.
After writing mostly articles for so many years I decided I needed to write a novel that was burning holes in my mind. So earlier this year I wrote a political based adventure. Ho hum ... I could paste a wall with the rejection notices from agents. Everyone on another forum said I needed to have it professionally edited. I talked with one editor and she said to send her the first three pages and she would do it for nothing, and if I liked her work and could come to an agreement on a price she would do the whole thing. After reading what she sent back, I didn't even recognize my own story.
I put two chapters on a web page I have and posted it on an outdoor forum I am on. I had 128 readers and all but four wanted to know where or when they could buy it. So what do these agents know?
I may never publish a novel, but I am now working on a mystery. It is of course going to be a difficult story to put together. I has two plots, that come together into one and as I see it now, it will require segments of flashbacks. I don't try anything easy.
My biggest problem in writing a novel is I like the old style of writing much better than I do some of the more up to date styles. I like a prologue. The other forum everyone told I had to do away with it and start with chapter one. They have told me that I can't wait until the second or third chapter to bring in the main character. I tried explaining the dual plot and they said that doesn't make any difference. I said ... BS ... Of course most of them write about vampires and such other creatures which I could care less about. They also said, in my first novel, I used too much dialogue.
So this is who I am. One contrary "Old Fart" that may never get a novel published, but that is okay. I will write it the way I think the story is best told.
My favorite authors are Charles Dicken, Robert Raurk and Ernest Hemingway.
If you have any questions ... Just ask.