Anonymous said: How do I write my novel the best it can be? I am afraid that it isn't good enough, how will I know if it is ?

laurendestefano:

You’ll never know if your own work is any good, much less its best. I don’t even know. Anyone who does know is probably full of crap.

I may be full of crap then, but putting aside all modesty I think it’s perfectly possible to know when your novel is as good as it can get. You’ll still be afraid it’s not good or not good enough, but there comes a point where you look over it and just don’t find anything you want to be better. We all have those moments when we read bits of our writing and think, “Damn that’s actually some good stuff.” If you write and rewrite long enough, you can get to a point where you find yourself thinking that on almost every page, if not for every paragraph.

You may look over it a year later and think it’s crap, but it’s not irrational to write in hopes of one day getting that perfect reread where everything comes together and you know it’s time to send it out. Writing for me is 90% re-reading and fixing. I can honestly say Valhalla and Ragnarök both had their graduation days when I could read them and think, “I’ve nailed it.” That’s when I set them aside and move on to the next.

Of course, this feeling is illusory. Neither was finished, both went through rounds and rounds of editing and repair and got better and better, until the editing process reached this same place and it seemed like there was nothing more to be done. Where the remaining reservations are so subjective that they’re not worth changing. A greater version of the feeling where you’re first proud enough of it to show to other people. It takes a hundred revisions but the feeling finally comes that your work is done and it’s time to let the novel sink or swim, and you know it will swim.

Said the guy who took about 18 years to finish Ragnarök and still has yet to finalize Book 3. Ragnarök only finished editing this week but I can honestly say when we dotted the last “i” that this book is the best it can be, that it’s good enough, and I just plain know it. Maybe it’s delusion, maybe I’m fooling myself, but I think I’ve written a damn good book and I’m finally proud to share it with the world.

Pre-orders should be open around Halloween :)

cupcaike:

Lookie what showed up finally!!
sharkchunks :D

Nice! Enjoy!!!

spookiestdragons said: last school year when u first released your book, i got it and read it and loved it! i actually did one of the book reports i had to do on it! i really liked it and keep writing!

Nice! I hope you did well on the book report. I’d kind of like to read it if you still have it saved :)

skele-trex said: I may or may not have recommended your book to my school library. Hoping they order it so I can have my friends read it

Thank you very much!!!

Library copies are extremely important to me, not to mention the publisher who works very hard to get the book specifically in school libraries. I hope it works out on your end, and regardless I’m most grateful for you recommending it.

If anyone reading this likes the book, or wants to read the book for free, please check out your local library or school library’s website and see if you can order it. It’s free, it’s easy, and it helps get copies out to people who want them. A total win/win thing.

edwinvanshroom:

My copy of Valhalla FINALY came in!
facts-i-just-made-up I waited for this book for over 4 months (Thanks, Amazon), this better be worth it

Sorry to hear they took so long :(
Glad you can read it now though, enjoy! And let me know if it was worth the wait :)

edwinvanshroom:

My copy of Valhalla FINALY came in!

facts-i-just-made-up I waited for this book for over 4 months (Thanks, Amazon), this better be worth it

Sorry to hear they took so long :(

Glad you can read it now though, enjoy! And let me know if it was worth the wait :)

closetextrovert:

Reading Valhalla by Ari Bach; 3 chapters in and I’m already loving this book.

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Glad you’re enjoying it!!! You’re absolutely right in that Violet and the others would be the villains of most common stories. I used a lot of bad-guy tropes and stereotypes in establishing the protagonists in Valhalla.

PS I’ve seen your deviantArt page, if you should ever want to draw any characters or anything from the novel I’d love to see your take!

A few people have written in asking for books like Valhalla. I keep forgetting to tell them all about Ghost In The Shell. The Manga, the movie, the series, anything with that name on it is worth looking into. Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed by Masamune Shirow are huge influences on the world and action in Valhalla, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

A few people have written in asking for books like Valhalla. I keep forgetting to tell them all about Ghost In The Shell. The Manga, the movie, the series, anything with that name on it is worth looking into. Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed by Masamune Shirow are huge influences on the world and action in Valhalla, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

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maradin-apple:

Might not be the hard cover, but it’s better than paperback. Let’s see what the big deal is shall we?

Thanks for checking it out! Enjoy :)

maradin-apple:

Might not be the hard cover, but it’s better than paperback. Let’s see what the big deal is shall we?

Thanks for checking it out! Enjoy :)

geekyfrancy:

the-walrus-squad:

  • Parachute-free stratosphere skydiving
  • The word “Splort”
  • Impromptu bone carving
  • Skunkworks and its private military- Skunkforce
  • A three-legged tank
  • "Emu Fever"
  • A flying eyeball
  • Cato being a jerk
  • Violet getting sucked into a jet engine
  • A guy named Luka Carcass
  • "Smart Foam"
  • The technical…

Just so you know, I don’t need this to be excited about Ragnarök. I was excited about it when I finished Valhalla, one if the best books I read in the past few years.

Thank you!!! I will continue to excite you about Ragnarök though, honestly I think it’s a much more fun book than Valhalla was. Bigger scale, tougher challenges, deeper and darker characters, (slightly) more mature humor, more intense plot, just everything is better. It also has the sequences I originally wanted to write the trilogy to showcase. You do have to read Book 1 to get the full effect of Book 2, so I’m glad you read and enjoyed the first.

But in November, I’m blowing it out of the water.

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Things you’ll read about in Chapter 1 of Ragnarök:

  • Parachute-free stratosphere skydiving
  • The word “Splort”
  • Impromptu bone carving
  • Skunkworks and its private military- Skunkforce
  • A three-legged tank
  • "Emu Fever"
  • A flying eyeball
  • Cato being a jerk
  • Violet getting sucked into a jet engine
  • A guy named Luka Carcass
  • "Smart Foam"
  • The technical terminology for burping
  • A vaporized prison guard
  • Unintentionally laparoscopic surgery
  • "Diabolus Ex Machina"
  • Advanced digital spycraft discussions
  • A mysterious dark mountain
  • "Plump" breasts
  • A river of sewage
  • A three-meter humanoid
  • A joke that requires you to know both 1750s Indian history and Black Hole related scientific terminology
  • That poster of a cat hanging from a tree
  • A jet that can maintain 350g’s of acceleration for half an hour