Content – When To Cut

You've worked diligently on your manuscript for months, maybe years, every word is where it should be, all of your scenes written perfectly to tell the tale. Right? Wrong. As you go back through to tighten up your book, it's natural to find a few things that don't flow. Maybe an idea you weaved in… Continue reading Content – When To Cut

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 7

I completed my goal this week to get my last scene ready for peer review and get my first draft of the dream sequence done. Yay! Well, I decided the dream didn't need to be a gigantic scene, it's only a couple of paragraphs, and with a little tweaking to the previous scene, I was… Continue reading 2020 – Week 7

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

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 😦

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

No Zero Days – The Key to Finishing Your Novel

I was speaking with an associate recently about motivation, finding time, and just making progress on a goal, and he shared a technique with me that is helping him achieve what he wants. For myself, this goal would be finishing my novel, Isle of Elandia.  Chapter 3 is complete, and now that the new school… Continue reading No Zero Days – The Key to Finishing Your Novel