Tenacity Prime Episode 2: New Boy Part 1

“We have very strict behavioral standards here on Tenacity.”  A smooth, pleasant voice filled the air as Benjamin Westley entered the kitchen of his family’s new living quarters. It was the morning of his first day of school on the space station. Dean was lounging on the soft white leather couch in the living room,…

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I Quit My Job to Write

My last day of work was Friday, July 19th. I endured a summer of rejection before I landed that job. It was supposed to be my small town dream job. I had my own desk (I’d never had one and always wanted one), sane management and coworkers, limited contact with the general public, and the…

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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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Rejection Part 3: Actually Getting Over It

I wrote about rejection (twice) as if I dealt with it well. I didn’t. My self-esteem has been in the absolute toilet since July. I sat down and wrote for my book for the first time in a long time on Thursday. My thoughts were bleak as I began to type: This is stupid, terrible…

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Lowering My Expectations

When I decided to write Dark House (the working title of my book), I had some big plans. Some big, ridiculous plans. The first draft was supposed to be done by August 1st, giving me about four months to write it. That date has come and gone and I’m a little under halfway done with…

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I Used to Hate Writing

When I was in school, writing was something that I was “good” at. My parents, teachers, and peers complimented my ability to string coherent sentences together. But I didn’t like writing. It was a chore, albeit one that came easily to me. I knew how to figure out what each teacher was looking for and…

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Ditch Your Outline

I started working on my novel again yesterday after a two week hiatus. It took me two whole weeks to figure out what was holding me back. I didn’t want to write what I had planned in my outline. The next section was supposed to be a little different than the previous chapters. I was…

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Weekly Favorites 7/6/18

Hope you had a great 4th of July, fellow Americans! I ate some delicious barbecued ribs and watched the first and second Jurassic Park. I have a confession to make… I haven’t written this week. There’s something going on that is taking up all of my mental energy (nothing too serious!), I’ll probably explain it…

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How to Find Story Ideas

New ideas for fiction books pop into my head constantly (whether they are good ideas or not is another issue 😉 ). For example, I was at work the other week and suddenly thought, hospital…in space! Space hospital! Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but I promise the plot behind it could make for a great read. So I…

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Too Much Dialogue?

I was too tired to write last night after a hectic day at work, so I decided to read a little of my draft and tweak things a bit — this was a bad idea. This is horrible. I’ve been in some sort of daze the last two months and this is the worst thing…

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