2020 – Week 10 and Tailoring Chapter/Scene Length to your Audience

I met my goal this week and tweaked my latest scene, chapter 7 scene 2 which is the subject of my "Evolution of a Scene" series, which you can read about here, and I also have my first draft of the next scene about 75% completed. I don't know if I want to tack this… Continue reading 2020 – Week 10 and Tailoring Chapter/Scene Length to your Audience

Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 1 – On-the-Go Scribble to Writing Space

I'd like to take you through my iterations of a draft, from first conception to final product.  I've chosen one paragraph to do this way and dissect--the opening of my latest scene as of 7 March 2020.  Hopefully, you will come to the determination that the final draft is a good one, and one that… Continue reading Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 1 – On-the-Go Scribble to Writing Space

2020 – Week 8

I exceeded my goal this week, tweaking my dream sequence and not only drafted the first paragraph of the next scene, but completed the draft, adding another 1041 words to my running total. My manuscript is now over 32,000 words. My goal for this week is to tweak the new scene, and run it through… Continue reading 2020 – Week 8

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

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

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