Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 2 – Microsoft Word to PDF

In Evolution of a Manuscript part 1, we discussed scribbling your first draft on the go with gmail (or anything else handy), and then transferring it to your computer to beef it up in your designated writing space. Now, the next step is to take that piece and edit, edit, edit, and edit again. In… Continue reading Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 2 – Microsoft Word to PDF

2020 – Week 12 and Covid-19

Welp, it's been a crazy couple of weeks, my kid has been home because the daycare is closed, and even though I've been home a lot this week too, I haven't been able to accomplish a whole lot story wise. I still haven't met my last goal. In fact, yesterday is the first day I've… Continue reading 2020 – Week 12 and Covid-19

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

Soul Searching for Character Development

One thing I've learned over the past several weeks is that life is full of surprises, excitements, and disappointments.  Sometimes life seems dull, but others it's like an emotional roller coaster.  Those moments, the tough ones, the emotional ones, are an invaluable source of inspiration for your novel, in particular: character development. I'm now several… Continue reading Soul Searching for Character Development

Treading the line between Inspiration and Plagiarism

Every writer is inspired by another's creativity, it's just inevitable, yet everyone wants to have an original thought or idea, and no one wants to plagiarize, unless they are specifically writing fanfiction, but even that, as E.L. James has proven with her Fifty Shades series, originally a Twilight fanfiction, can be considered original enough with… Continue reading Treading the line between Inspiration and Plagiarism