Second Draft Observations

In the thick of my second draft of Dark House. Here are some observations I’ve had so far. Rewriting isn’t as scary as it seems – As I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts, there was a major character trait that I had to write out of the first half of the book, because…

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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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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 Little Description?

I’m known to be blunt. I often find myself involved in a conversation between two people that goes something like this: Person 1: “blah blah unimportant details blah blah” Person 2: “I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you understand, Kira?” Me: Condenses what Person 1 said into one or two simple sentences.…

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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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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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