Stop Stealing My Content

I’m about to get petty, so grab some popcorn. A few weeks ago, I noticed that another blogger wrote a post with the exact same title as one of mine. No problem here, happens all the time, wondered what they had to say about the subject and checked it out. This person’s blog post was…

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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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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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My Writing Process – May 2019

The last time I wrote about my writing process was May of last year, so that’s kinda cool. Here’s what my process looks like lately: I don’t wake up quite as early since getting a new job six months ago (5 or 6AM instead of 4AM), but my lunch is longer, so that’s when I…

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1st Novel, 1st Draft!

My first draft of Dark House is sitting at 59,400 words right now. I have three chapters left to write, tops. I’m almost done with the first draft of my first novel! This is only one step in the labor intensive process of publishing a book. However, it’s a huge step, and I’ll be glad…

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I’m Scared to Try

I’m scared to put myself out there. I’m scared to finish my book and release it. I’m scared to post regularly on social media. I’m scared to be noticed. But above all, I’m scared to not be noticed. After months of putting it off, I finally started an Instagram (@kirajcole) to accompany this blog. Part…

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Why Am I Like This? | On Focus

I drive myself crazy with my constantly changing mind and moods. Bear with me, ya’ll. For a couple months, I had the idea in my head that I could do everything I’m passionate about at once. That I could work my regular job 40 hours per week, write my novel, paint, design jewelry, do whatever…

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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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State of Flow

Flow is important. It provides vital information about what you should be spending your time on. I’m referring to a “state of flow”, a state we slip into when we are doing an activity we love, a state of total immersion. Time ceases, ideas come effortlessly. I experience a state of flow when I write…

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The Click – A Little Prose #2

Everything feels wrong at first for someone as neurotic as me, but I have learned to have patience for the click.  The click from uneasy to sure, from stranger to acquaintance, from murkiness to clarity. It’s coming, just gotta wait for it.

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