The First Draft

I have finished the first draft of my first novel, Dark House. Word count: 66,873 Time to complete: A year and some change – I did not write consistently. I’m proud, but it’s definitely not time to pop open the bubbly yet. I have some serious editing to do. For example, my main character had…

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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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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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