A New Day: Pardon the Construction

What’s this? Well, at the moment it’s a bit of a placeholder. Also, a bit of an introduction, something to sort of tide you over while I get things officially established.

First, a bit of a greeting. If you’re here because you’re already a fan of my works, than you already know the gist of things, but for those of you who don’t, a welcome anyway. I’m Max Florschutz, author and writer of assorted science fiction and fantasy novels, and this is my blog, where I’ll be discussing and posting a wide array of things from updates on my newest books and progress to my already-popular-elsewhere weekly writing guides and helpers. And, at the core, that’s pretty much it. I mean, this is an author’s website, after all. So if that succinct summary of what this site shall entail entertains you, then just go ahead and click that bookmark button hidden somewhere in your browser so you can find this place again easily. If you’re looking for a bit more of an explanation than that, however, you’ll have to click the link below to open the full post.

Right, you clicked it. Time to deliver content!

So, first things first, let’s start with that name of mine: Max Florschutz. It is indeed my real name, German in heritage, though the American in me pronounces it as “Floor-shuts.” You know, like the door shutting, but it’s the floor.

The other name I go by, which if you’re following me to this site from elsewhere on the internet means you’re probably familiar with it, is Viking ZX. It’s a long-standing nickname I’ve had for about ten years now on account of my size, strength, and inordinate volume. Also, a tendency to battle-cry when getting really into a sport.

In any case, I still go by and respond to both names—much to the relief of a few fans who’ve encountered me in the wild, as Viking is much easier to pronounce than Florschutz, and just as distinct.

I attended college at Brigham Young University Provo, where I was fortunate to study creative writing and the art of the story under an impressive array of English teachers, including Brandon Sanderson. After graduation, I bounced between a few small jobs before publishing my first novella, One Drink, in spring of 2013. Following its warm reception, I published a sequel, Dead Silver in late spring of 2014, and have since been hard at work at a science-fiction space opera titled Colony that I hope to release later this year.

At the same time that I was those novels (among a few others that haven’t made the cut yet), I also spent time playing the realm of fanfiction, testing my craft and trying new things as well as offering advice to struggling writers who were, like me, using the world of fanfiction writing as a chance to experiment and practice new things. That advice eventually grew into a weekly writing guide that I called Being a Better Writer, and to date has just shy of fifty entries, discussing everything from the art of character development to worldbuilding to even writing entertaining exposition. The popularity of those grew enough, in fact, that I began to realize that a having a standalone site to host all of them probably wouldn’t be a bad idea, and combined with several other trends I was seeing the development of the writing as a marketable product, decided that it was finally time to set up an independent site.

So, whether you’re a fan of my books, a follower of my fanfiction, or even a random passer-by linked in by who knows what sort of weblink, well, welcome … to Unusual Things.

5 thoughts on “A New Day: Pardon the Construction

  1. Looks like you’ve been at this for quite some time. Tons of reflection on writing. Consistent too. Perhaps even similar takes on much of what makes good writing.

    Isn’t it a shame that all our ‘old’ stuff gets lost in the annals of our blogs? So much content, but it must be relegated to the card catalog. Only new need be submitted, day-old blogs are need not apply.

    Ah well. I’ll read a bit here. Maybe next September you could consider SepSceneWriMo… -AM

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    • Being a Better Writer actually started several years before the site. It’s earliest days were done on a writing site in response to PMs with writing questions from fans, then graduated from there once more and more people began writing in to a full-fledged blog on that site, which then followed to here once my own site went up.

      Thankfully, not too much of it is “lost.” Google searches (as well as other engines) do a good job of ferreting out a lot of the most common writing topics people search for answers on, and the BaBW post on Sanderson’s Three Laws of Magic actually trades #1 spot with Brandon’s site itself, and the Google answer is quoted from here rather than Brandon’s own words on the matter. The more obscure topics don’t get hit as much, but from time to time a curious, searching soul will find their way to them.

      As for SepSceneWriMo, I’ll admit I had to do a Google to learn what it was. I’m more familiar with Nanowrimo, but I also don’t participate in that, for good reason: My monthly quota is higher than the standard Nanowrimo monthly goal, so it’d be slower than my usual month-to-month production pipeline for new books. Not that it isn’t a fun challenge, but when you’re writing for a living and pumping out books, it’s a case of “Well, I do that every day.”

      Hope you enjoy the site!

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      • I don’t know many, if any, who can admit to writing more than 1650 words per day. Color me impressed.
        I’ve watched Sanderson’s online course, and it’s useful, to a degree. I suppose that after one has mastered (improved dramatically?) the actual writing of words in a way that makes them sing, Sanderson’s advice would come in handy.
        It’s the massive gap between what we think we know about writing and our ability that stymies the best of us, don’t you think?
        Utah is a great place for some. My wife and kids and I lived in Pleasant Grove for four years. It was a memorable time.

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        • Well, I definitely shatter that barrier. My daily wordcount, Monday-Friday, is 3000-4000. Starforge, the draft I just finished up, and the last of the UNSEC Trilogy, took eight months. The final wordcount for the draft was 502,000. It’s a job!

          Brandon has plenty of advice for structure and setup as well. He know his craft. The gap you refer to, however, in my experience really is the gap between novice-understanding “Well how hard can it be, anyone can do that?” and those that have done the work and effort to know what a titanic effort it is to finish one book, much less more than that. The classic “armchair quarterback” effect.

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