Unlike other categories of writing, the essential component of a novel is the scene. Typical scenes can be 500 words. In school we were often asked to write 500 word themes on various subjects. We survived, although I always put off the task until the last minute. I tell workshop attendees if they can write a 500 word theme, they can write a 500 word scene. If they can write a scene, they can write three or four and voila, a chapter is born.
If you can write a chapter, you can write twenty. If you can write twenty chapters, you’ve probably got yourself a novel. Don’t think about writing 70,000 words. Think about writing one scene. That’s how I wrote my first novel, Class of ‘68. And that’s how I wrote six more including my new thriller, Scorpion Bay.
Focus on creating a scene and you too can write a novel.
Geraldine: I've found this to be true. When I started my mystery series, I wrote in scenes. It was less intimidating to concentrate on writing a scene rather than a BOOK. And, unlike a book, a scene can be made perfect!Here's a extract of Scorpion Bay. Enjoy. I sure did.
Outside, Parker spotted his Kawasaki parked in the driveway in front of the white van. Biting at the tape around his wrists, he dashed across the rain-slickened lawn and ripped off the binding.
Parker sprinted to the bike and grabbed the extra key he always kept in the saddlebag. He leaped onto his bike and inserted the key. A shot blew the left mirror apart in a burst of shards. Parker gunned the bike behind the van as two more shots slammed into the side of the van shattering the quiet of the dark neighborhood.
The motorcycle fishtailed on the wet street. Parker glanced back to see Carl and Lenny scramble into the van. With cold rain lashing his face, Parker skidded around the corner, regained control and checked back over his shoulder as the van shrieked in pursuit.
Unfamiliar with the neighborhood, Parker raced through the streets and approached a red light at the six-way intersection of Grand Avenue near the fairgrounds. Hoping to elude the two men in traffic, Parker took a quick glance over one shoulder then ran the light, turning north in front of a fast moving one-ton pickup.
Blasting its horn and squealing its tires, the pickup swerved and clipped the back of Parker’s bike. The Kawasaki’s rear tire slid, the handlebars wobbled and the motorcycle veered toward the center island.
With a jolt, the bike hit the curb. Parker somersaulted into the landscaped median and landed beside a saguaro cactus. His head slammed against the hard ground as the bike slid into oncoming traffic. A squeal of tires on the wet pavement was followed by a crunch of metal. A semi crushed the Kawasaki like a cheap beer can.
Head buzzing and rain dripping onto his face, Parker saw the driver from the pickup climb out and rush to his side. “Don’t move,” the man said. “I called nine-one-one.”
“Where’s the white van?”
“What white van?” The man ripped off his Diamondbacks jacket and stuffed it under Parker’s head. Feeling lightheaded, Parker gazed across the intersection and spotted the van stopped at the traffic light. The image blurred, and Parker drifted into unconsciousness.
Thank you, Michael. That was certainly fast-paced. It practically takes your breath away!
Here’s two Amazon links, for paperback and Kindle:
Michael's website: www.mjmurphy.com
Scorpion Bay book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXNPdVVh3ck
Here are a couple of reviews of Scorpion Bay
'Strap yourself in and get ready for plenty of action, suspense, crime, corruption, a touch of romance and comedy. Include a high tech motorcycle, our hero in a black disguise to hide his identity along with designer drugs, intrigue and danger on a luxury yacht on Scorpion Bay. Michael Murphy shares the map to fast paced intrigue with three dimensional characters and a great story line that will keep you involved and wanting more until the last page.'
Nikki Leigh, award winning fiction and non fiction author.
Here are Michael's previous novels.
"Part thriller, part romance, part comedy, part mystery and all satisfying; Scorpion Bay is an impossible book to put down. Prepare to burn the midnight oil with this one, rooting for Parker Knight as Murphy carefully unravels the plot on the very last word."
Alisha Paige, author of Circle City: Lord of the Wolfen--coming soon.
Here are Michael's previous novels.