N1: The Russian Connection
Second Draft: 6/14/2006
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Three stories merge together to form a tale of twists, suspense, thrills, and secrets, keeping readers guessing until the final stone is uncovered. Tom, a veteran detective, sets out to investigate the odd robbery of a collection of inexpensive paintings from an art museum. What starts out as a simple case turns into a bottomless pit of secrets, darkly clad informants, and close escapes under the seemingly impenetrable skin of a terrorist group, the Twilight Wolves. But that’s only one third of the picture; on the other side lies two men with a personal vendetta against the Wolves, facing the same adversities as Tom himself. Through a renegade and suicidal web the two come together and embark on the most desperate circumstances, leaving only the final, and most important tale to be told. Filled with turns and secrets sure to shock readers and keep them hooked until the final page is turned, The Russian Connection combines contemporary structure and pose with a complex, yet addictive storyline.
On a Personal Note:
Looking back at “The Russian Connection,” I can’t help but smile a little. The paragraph structure and syntax is certainly reminiscent of an earlier period of writing for me, one in which word choice and readability didn’t matter quite so much. Despite its aging, this book was a large self-confidence boost; it gave me the sense that a little writing a day truly could take one somewhere.
People think that writing a long story (in this case, about 80,000 words) takes some superhuman effort. Let me be the first to say: absolutely not. It only takes consistency in writing and a sense of determination. I wrote about 1000 to 1500 words a day, easily doable when one doesn’t nitpick every word or sentence. By the end of the first half of the book, I had scrapped my outline; it was easier just to write what seemed sensible and enjoyable. Faith in a higher power, by the way, never hurts when it comes to a seemingly unattainable goal.
I say this wistfully, but I had a blast writing The Russian Connection. No thoughts about publication or what readers would think crossed my head; I simply put down what I was satisfied with, and took time to laugh along the way. Such an approach to editing could only last for so long, but it was a fun ride nonetheless.