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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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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Can I Do This?

Novel Word Count: 16,242 Can I do this? Can I make a living off writing? I made the mistake of Googling “Should I be a writer?”; I knew it was a bad idea. I found all sorts of discouraging information. In one mean spirited article the writer essentially said: writing is hard, you probably suck at…

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Building an Audience for a Book that isn’t Written

Novel Word Count: 13,164 There’s a scenario I can’t stop playing out in my mind. I pour everything into finishing this book – and release it into nothingness. No or next to no sales; no one cares. I don’t know how to market a book that isn’t written yet. Sure, I can get active on…

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My Writing Process – May 2018

Novel Word Count: 11,108 I’m always interested in other people’s writing routines/processes. It’s like I’m hoping that someone will have figured out some secret to make writing easier. Also, knowing how other people get their writing done makes me feel better about my own process.  Here’s what it looks like most days: I wake up…

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My First Novel: Week 1 – Resistance

When I started last week I committed to writing 1,000 words per day.  I don’t have a perfect record so far but I’ve been making progress. I’ve missed a couple of days and come up short on word count on others due to working more than I usually do. After a week and a half…

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Introduction

I made the decision to become a writer two weeks ago. My twenties have been an immense struggle to discover what I should be doing with my life – what I was put here for.  My problem is, I find some level of fulfillment in many different places, from accounting to interior design. The only…

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