Monday, July 1, 2013

The Process of Dawn to Dusk Writing

Why is my writing blog titled "Dawn to Dusk Writing"?

Was I just trying to come up with a rhythmic name?

Was I having problems finding a blog name that wasn't already taken?

Do I believe in the validity of the blog name?

Yes, to all three. I've gone through a few blogs and a few blog names, but this blog, with this blog name is sticking. Why? Because writing is unlike so many other hobbies. To write and write well, you must have the mindset of writing, from dusk to dawn.

Writing is fully immersive. That's why it's so hard for so many of us. When you are writing well (actually paying attention to your writing), you can't carry on a decent conversation with the family member next to you. You can't watch your favorite TV program. You can barely listen to background music. At least, I know this is true for me.

Now, I'm not saying that to write well you have to write in a silent room locked away from everything and everyone. No, I do believe there is some value in multitasking abilities. After all, in today's times, multitasking is a built-in mandatory requirement.

What I am saying is that writing takes dedication. It's harder than simply watching TV. It's more demanding than a light conversation with friends. It takes more dedication and passion than video games.

So, when you write, keep that in mind. Think about the reason behind your writing. Do you want to write well or do you just want to write?

If it is the latter, keep watching that TV when you write. You may be able to call yourself a writer, but ask yourself: How can I write the best that I possibly can? Strive for your ideal state to write in. Your readers and your bank account will thank you when you publish.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Huge Thanks!

Welcome readers of The Midnight Murderer! I want to personally thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to dive into the twisted world of Adam Sharpe. I hope you enjoyed the novel, as I have greatly enjoyed making it for you.

I have just released a new version of The Midnight Murderer to Amazon's Kindle store. In this version, I have included a "Sneak Peek" of the second Adam Sharpe novel, The Escapee. 

If you have already purchased a copy of The Midnight Murderer and would like to get the first three chapters of The Escapee, please message me below or email me at and I will send you the "Sneak Peek."

I am projecting to have The Escapee finished and ready for publication by the end of this summer.

Please do not hesitate to email me or comment below with any suggestions, reviews or feedback you may have!

Brian Fleming

Friday, April 5, 2013

Debut Novel Relaunch! Now Titled The Midnight Murderer

Dear Readers,

As promised, I have republished my novel after fixing all editing, formatting and plot slips. During the process, I made the decision to switch the title of the book from Protect Whom? to The Midnight Murderer.

I'm running a special on for it right now. Free through Sunday. Stop in and pick up your copy today!

Thank you!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Word of Apology and A Promise

Dear Readers,

First off, thank you for your recent purchase of Protect Whom? The mere idea that the thoughts that used to solely belong in my head are now free in the world, to be read on your Kindle screen is both scary and invigorating.

But I want to make a public authorial apology. I am sorry that I released Protect Whom? into your hands with as one reviewer has put it, "shoddy proofreading." I have heard back from a few of you that there are a few glaring typos. For that, I am deeply sorry. Nothing is more jarring while reading a book than an error that is so blatant, you have to stop to figure out what the author was trying to say.

So, here is my promise. By the end of March, I will have a polished version of Protect Whom? on Amazon. From now till then, I will make sure Protect Whom? reads perfectly, with no typos or errors.

I ask that come the end of March, that you refund your purchase of Protect Whom? and purchase the cleaned, beautifully proofread Protect Whom? for your reading pleasure.

Thank you,
Brian Fleming

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Debut Fiction Novel Published!

                                                    Protect Whom?

Adam Sharpe must lead his team to unravel a string of gruesome murders in Bensen, a quant farming community in Colorado. The residents of Bensen, led by their charismatic mayor Aaron Schwimmer, attempt to close the case without FBI intervention. The Bensenites’ determination to catch the local serial killer they’ve dubbed “The Midnight Murderer” devolves into a deadly witch-hunt. Sharpe and his BAU team must step in to reinstate law and order. Unfortunately, the reveal of marital infidelity and the unraveling of Sharpe’s sanity threaten to both derail the Bensen investigation and Sharpe’s personal life.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Similes Authors Can Relate To...

Working through my manuscript of The Midnight Murderer is like... is like... well, why don't I write down everything writing a novel is like? If you are an author, please let me know which simile speaks to you most.

Writing a novel is like...

running a marathon
climbing a mountain
making a life-sized sculpture
organizing a wedding
pulling weeds
raising children
lap swimming
distance bicycling
making a movie
brain surgery
cathartic counseling
walking in circles
building the Eifel Tower out of Legos.

Are there other similes I should add to this list? I'd love to hear from other authors on their additions and selection from this list.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Importance of Keeping Literary Characters on the Page

Lately, I have been hard at work writing the manuscript for The Midnight Murderer. This book, my current work in progress, hosts many complex characters and grisly scenes. For example, the lead character Adam Sharpe's thought processes are often paradoxical. While chasing the bad guys (arsonists, serial killers, psychopaths, etc.) as an FBI special agent, Adam must entertain the darkest thoughts and motivations humans are capable of. To this end, I, as the author, must think these thoughts first.

This is not to say I go about my day wondering about the type of igniter the serial arsonist in The Midnight Murder will use to burn his victims (a cigarette lighter, by the way). Instead, I have to separate the thought processes that must occur to write the book and the thought processes to live my life by. Without this careful and strict separation, I could not be a writer. Neither could the dozens of writers behind such dark shows as: Law and Order (esp. Special Victims Unit), Criminal Minds and The Brother's Grimm.

Sure, at times, especially after a long writing session, it can be difficult to erase the images, voices and thoughts of my complex characters, but the separation must occur.

Now, some will ask, why write about any of the darkness of humanity at all? My answer is a metaphor. Let's say there is a skunk in your backyard. And, no, this isn't a cute Pepe Le Pew come to offer love and affection. This skunk is a bonafide wild animal. Your backyard has become its new living quarters. Congratulations! But, oh, you don't want a skunk as your new neighbor? So, you do something about it. With swift purchases at your local hardware store, you successfully kill off the skunk with a deadly trap. Congratulations! But, here is where the metaphor becomes clear. You now have a dead skunk on your hands. What are you going to do with it? You can pretend the skunk was never in your yard. Though, this plan has a serious flaw: the dead skunk now rotting grotesquely in your yard. So, you only have one option. You must remove the foul creature. This means actually picking up the trap containing the creature and throwing it out yourself, only then will your backyard truly free from your skunk problem.

See the connection? My novel, The Midnight Murderer, is not creating any evil in humanity that does not already exist. Instead, it serves as tool to remove some of that evil from the world. The Midnight Murderer, once published, will help people take care of the skunks in their backyard. Now, I am not insinuating that every reader should act like an FBI special agent (sorry); but, I do expect The Midnight Murderer will help open people's eyes to what already exists in the world. Additionally, and, most importantly, after finishing the novel, readers will be equipped to better identify and eliminate skunks that potentially live around them, or within them.

In a nutshell, The Midnight Murderer needs to be written. I must get into the minds of every character, no matter how dark their soul is; but, what happens in the story stays in the story. If you are a writer of any genre, remember that rule. If you are not a writer, but solely a reader, know that authors like myself are not creating evil. We identify it, caution against it and eliminate it in the end.