Space Stuff: The Voyeur’s Home


From Independence Day. Or Mayor Mike’s new surveillance program. Source: 20th Century Fox

OK, so I’m not much of a voyeur. I just wanted to use a play on Star Trek: The Voyage Home.

The second act is proving thorny to write. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is I didn’t outline. I need to sit down and force myself to do that with the next book. (A Nick Kepler novel. Happy?)

Another problem is this is a new genre for me. Oh, I wrote SF in my fannish days, but I wrote solely for myself. There are a number of writers who often say, “Just write for yourself, or you’ll be a bad writer.” I appreciate the sentiment. The advice is…

Well, after about 13 years of this, I’ve come to the conclusion that the people you want to spend money on your work don’t care whether you’re pleased when you write. Are you boring the hell out of your audience? Or offending them?

Right now, I’ve got one of those scenes in progress where the colonel in charge is explaining the situation to the assembled refugees and town’s people. It’s one of those “pope in the pool” scenes where I’m going to have to break it up and have several characters do or say or think silly things to keep it from boring the hell out of the reader.

Seeing a theme here? I don’t want to bore the hell out of the reader.

Act II is usually the hardest to write. Act I is setting up everything. Act III is the climax, and while it almost always needs the most revision, it’s always the most fun to write.

I’ve come to the conclusion that, like Holland Bay, this one is going to need to be rewritten from scratch. But I loved doing the Holland Bay rewrite, so this doesn’t bother me at all.