2020 – Week 6 “To Cut or Not to Cut”

I've made some excellent progress this week and exceeded my goal to fill in the missing pieces of the scene. The pieces are in and I've started my editing process. I'm currently on step 5. Every step reveals something that needs changing, something that doesn't look or sound right, or something that's still missing or… Continue reading 2020 – Week 6 “To Cut or Not to Cut”

2020 – Week 5 and “Agent Killers”

I was able to get all 3 scenes edited and sent to a peer to review. I did add in a few more paragraphs to two of the scenes to add a bit more depth, and one of them now reminds the reader of a small detail in an earlier scene and hopefully makes it… Continue reading 2020 – Week 5 and “Agent Killers”

2020 – Week 3 and Scene Stacking

I met my writing goals this week, decided whose perspective the next scene would be, what would happen in it, and drafted my first paragraph. There are about 150 words so far, but I have a direction now, and I've found that accomplishing that is the hardest part sometimes. This scene is a continuation of… Continue reading 2020 – Week 3 and Scene Stacking

2020 – Week 2

It's week 2 of 2020 and I'm pleased to say that I have completed the scene I was working on in my last post, added an additional 949 words.  It is now 1687 words, an excellent scene length. Of course, this is the first draft of it, so I'm going to let it sit for… Continue reading 2020 – Week 2

Writing Resolutions – 2020

It's the new year, and not only that, but the start of a new decade.  It's sinking in that I've had my book floating around in my mind now for nearly 20 years, it's current iteration for the last 2 years, and it's predecessor for 8.  Wow!  Time really does fly by, especially for procrastinating… Continue reading Writing Resolutions – 2020

Meaningful Writing – How to Not Quit

I've been struggling to make progress with my book for some months now. It's not that I don't know what happens next, but everytime I sit down to write I find myself easily distracted. I began to think back to my unstoppable days, where churning out two or three thousand words daily was a default… Continue reading Meaningful Writing – How to Not Quit

Review – The King’s Own, by W. Marshall

A colleague recommended the The King's Own to me because his friend is the author, so I bought it and gave it a shot.  The first critique I have is that there is no synopsis on the back cover, which makes it look a little amateur and provides a potential reader no clue as to… Continue reading Review – The King’s Own, by W. Marshall

Editing tricks that don’t cost a dime

Editing.  It's such a dirty word for authors because it means returning to  place you've already been, going back over something you've already done, and performing the tedious task of proofreading, grammar checking, rephrasing, rewriting etc.  In short, it's a chore, one most writers despise. I've read some articles and heard a lot of people… Continue reading Editing tricks that don’t cost a dime

Writers Block :(

Writer's block happens to the best of us, it's inevitable.  We go strong for a bit, churning out page after page and then suddenly we get to a place where the creativity takes a vacation.  I've been stuck on one scene for about four months.  Four months!  That's a long time to be stuck in… Continue reading Writers Block 😦