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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Weekly Favorites 6/22/18

No complaints this week! Felt pretty good, added a couple thousand words to my novel, read a great book, and after a month of extra hours, I’m back to my normal work schedule. I wrote an important plot point in my novel this week, one I’ve been anticipating since I started writing — I killed…

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Finding Time to Write

It’s 4:30 a.m. I should have written this post when I had time on Monday.  Last night I thought, “Screw it, no one is going to notice I didn’t post on Wednesday.” Then I started feeling guilty and thought, “Well, if I wake up before 5:30 I’ll put something out.” So, here I am. Last…

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Should You Tell People You’re Writing a Book?

So you’ve decided to write a book. Should you share that information with your friends and loved ones? I don’t know what the “right” answer is, but here’s my opinion: Only if you’re very serious about it. Only tell people who have a track record of supporting you. What qualifies as very serious? You’ve started…

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Weekly Favorites 6/15/18

This has been a weird week. It wasn’t truly bad, but everyday, things were a little off. I didn’t add to my novel for a couple of days, which always makes the day worse — got back on the horse yesterday. Pretty much all I accomplished was writing 2,000 words. I spent the rest of…

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How to be Creative When You Don’t Feel Like It

I feel like garbage as I write this. Hot garbage. I woke up with a headache. I have three giant pimples on my chin that won’t go away.  I have inventory at work this week, where my coworkers and I come into work at 6 a.m. to count a warehouse full of supplies, and then…

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