1st Novel, 1st Draft!

My first draft of Dark House is sitting at 59,400 words right now. I have three chapters left to write, tops. I’m almost done with the first draft of my first novel! This is only one step in the labor intensive process of publishing a book. However, it’s a huge step, and I’ll be glad…

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I’m Scared to Try

I’m scared to put myself out there. I’m scared to finish my book and release it. I’m scared to post regularly on social media. I’m scared to be noticed. But above all, I’m scared to not be noticed. After months of putting it off, I finally started an Instagram (@kirajcole) to accompany this blog. Part…

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Why Am I Like This? | On Focus

I drive myself crazy with my constantly changing mind and moods. Bear with me, ya’ll. For a couple months, I had the idea in my head that I could do everything I’m passionate about at once. That I could work my regular job 40 hours per week, write my novel, paint, design jewelry, do whatever…

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2 Signs You Need to Revise Your Book’s Plot

Writing your book becomes boring, and you start avoiding it regularly. I know I’m writing something good when an hour flies by and I have to tear myself away from writing to do other things. You find yourself writing scenes you don’t really want to in order to make a plot point make sense. I…

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I’m Too Tired for Art and I Don’t Have Time

This is a terrible excuse. Still, I make it constantly. Pretty much every day. When I’m at home, I think about work (regular 8 to 5 work), and when I’m at work, I think about how much I’d like to be at home, making art. I will never paint the paintings I want to or…

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Should You Start a Blog?

Over-saturated. You’ve heard it a million times about a million things. I’ma tell you a secret: nothing is really over-saturated. No market, no area of expertise. What people really mean when they say that, probably without realizing it, is there is an overabundance of average-ness in a particular space. It’s not about what you do,…

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Bad Mood Blogging – A Little Prose #3

I just have to get this off my chest. Sometimes, like right now, I feel restless. I want to do something productive.  I should write my book, I think. I don’t want to, because I feel like whatever I write is going to be bad. And maybe I should be cleaning, anyway. I don’t want…

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State of Flow

Flow is important. It provides vital information about what you should be spending your time on. I’m referring to a “state of flow”, a state we slip into when we are doing an activity we love, a state of total immersion. Time ceases, ideas come effortlessly. I experience a state of flow when I write…

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The Click – A Little Prose #2

Everything feels wrong at first for someone as neurotic as me, but I have learned to have patience for the click.  The click from uneasy to sure, from stranger to acquaintance, from murkiness to clarity. It’s coming, just gotta wait for it.

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