For about a year now I’ve been working on my third fantasy novel, the first book in a new series. The original goal was to have it out sometime during the spring. So much for that. I did finish the first draft with enough time so that I could have done a quick pass of … More Second Drafts Are Like Soup
Flick. He sits on the bench. A train will arrive soon. Clack. He sits trying to not think about the arriving train. He wants to board. To go home. To sleep. Flick. A lighter in his hand dances. Opens and closes. Clack. Again and again. Flick. People give him looks. Some frown. A few open … More Flick. Clack.
I followed my usual pattern. Get an idea. Brainstorm about characters and how they will interact together. Cobble together a rough plot. Decide upon a few goals for the different stages. Start writing and see what happens. As I write I learn more and more about the story I am trying to tell. I write … More An Unexpected Influence
How long does it take to judge your interest in a work? How long can you read before knowing whether or not you want to continue? I’m not sure. Not really. But I’m hoping that this opening to A Song in Darkness will be enough to make any reader want to carry on with the … More A Song in Darkness – First 532 words
A few days ago I mentioned that I was getting my first round of edits. Everyone knows that edits can be a bit of a soul crushing experience. I mean, no one likes to be shown all the things that they did wrong, and that is essentially what being edited is. Still there is good … More Time + Edits = Better
I’m sure that all writers work slightly differently. Or maybe very differently. Do we write on keyboards, longhand, on phones? Do we meticulously plot out our works or do we get a germ of an idea and just run with it. Regardless of what some might argue, there really is no one right way to … More First Edits
Yesterday I shared some of my thoughts concerning the upcoming birth of my daughter. Just even tho king that gives me a little rush. I have a feeling that this next month is going to both fly and drag at the same time. But at least I have a project to help me fill that … More Also Expecting… A Book
Do you every feel it? You’re working hard, doing your best, trying everything you can to make your mark and get noticed. You start to feel that purchase of a little bit of traction. You feel you are making progress. And then you look over. You see someone else. The seem to be fresh out … More Ugly Jealousy
Like many of us writer-types, I belong to a few writer’s groups on Facebook. As an indie-author it is nice to have a few places where I can ask question, maybe get some feedback and also occasionally vent about things that my non-writing friends aren’t quite so interested in. One of these groups offers up … More “Who’s Your Audience?”
I like posting screenshots, and sometimes actual photos, of daily word counts. It keeps me motivated and also scratches that itch of yelling out into the world “I wrote something today!” Of course, I hardly expect the world to yell back, but it seems that almost every other time I do post such a picture, one … More What App is That?