Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

Category: About Writing (Page 2 of 3)

On to the Next…(A Super Short Update on the Codex Series)

Since I finished my book a few weeks ago (yay!), I’ve started working on the next one in the series! I’m learning a few things along the way, so I thought I’d send out a quick update detailing the things I’ve learned in the process.

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It’s Been Nine Years in the Making…

It's Been Nine Years in the Making

After nine years of outlining, writing, rewriting, editing, re-editing, reading, revising, printing, reprinting, handwriting, and staring at a computer screen for what had to have been hundreds of hours, I finished my first novel! From the first draft started in 2008 (I wrote 1 whole page that summer, then got stuck and sat on it for a year), through many moves, both in-state, out-of-state, and even overseas (and back from overseas), life events, blood, sweat, and tears, to the early morning hours of June 20th, 2017, The Secret of the Codex has finally reached its graduation day. Seriously – it feels like I’ve been raising a child and they’re finally graduating and going out into the world (without the messy diapers and temper tantrums – you parents are saints).

So I wanted to talk a little bit about what I learned along the way, give you some insight into how I’ve grown over the last 9 years. Because every experience can be a learning experience if you let it.

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Love Is Worth Surviving For

Love Is Worth Surviving For

I’ve been delving a lot lately into the theme of my book, The Secret of the Codex. (Soon to be books, once this first one is completely finished!) James L. Rubart says that the theme of your life (and writing) can be discovered by the themes of your 3 favorite movies. Mine are:

World War Z
Day After Tomorrow
Dante’s Peak

So, in light of this concept, I went back and rewatched 2 of them. (I had plans to watch the third, but work is super busy right now. Plus, I’ve seen Day After Tomorrow like 30 times, so I feel confident I can speak knowledgeably about this…)

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The Codex - The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

I’m getting REALLY close to finishing my final edits on my novel, The Secret of the Codex. I’ve posted a few excerpts on here (and have gotten some really great feedback from you; thanks!), but I wanted to give you a glimpse into my writing and editing the climax of the story.

First, a little background on me: I LOVE stories, so, consequently, I love *scripted* TV shows and movies. But here’s the weird part: when I watch a movie, I tend to fall asleep during every climax. Seriously – give me an action movie and I’ll start falling asleep as soon as the music crescendos and the protagonist and antagonist start punching each other. It’s inevitable.

I think I love the setup of the story so much – the backstory and character development – that once I get to the usually predictable climax, I’ve checked out. Doesn’t help that it’s usually past my bedtime…

Enter my book.

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Running Scared – The Beginning

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My lungs are burning, but I can’t stop running. I feel the soles of my shoes slap against the hard, gray concrete as I push myself further, harder, faster. I must find him. Leaving him here is not an option.

How he got here is a long story, and I don’t have time to think about that now. All I know is I have to rescue him.

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