How to Write a Novel

Before I mislead anyone with that highly original blog title, please know what follows is simply an explanation of how I’ve managed to write an average of three full-length novels a year, a bunch of short stories, and a novella or two. Now, I know there is plenty of online advice about how to writeContinue reading “How to Write a Novel”

Good Writing Days

I think it was Stephen King in his great book “On Writing” who stated something to the effect that if you show up at the same spot and time everyday, the muse will do the same. Okay, I found the quote. It’s much more articulate than my paraphrase (go figure): “Don’t wait for the muse.Continue reading “Good Writing Days”

Some Updates

NanoWriMo Well, I survived another NanoWriMo, although I must admit, I cheated. I continued writing a story that I had started a few years ago (about 10,000 words worth of notes and outlines). For that reason I’m not celebrating my “win.” After guiltily Googling the topic I learned that I’m not the only one bendingContinue reading “Some Updates”

NaNoWriMo Part Deux

Or is that part duh? This has been a tough one compared to last year’s. At least I have a pretty cover. Note to self: never start a novel and then try to resuscitate it nearly two years later because your mojo will be buried so deep it will take a team of Egyptologists toContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Part Deux”

On Writing

Go where the pain is This is a quote from Anne Rice who was told this by a teacher of hers and she found it useful and passed it on. A few days into my second nanowrimo writing marathon (while continuing to update a Wattpad story) I can relate to it. I described my takeContinue reading “On Writing”

I wrote a novel. Now what?

It’s finished! It’s done! It’s on Amazon! Hurrah! Open the champagne! Does all that red wine I drank while I was writing it count? There is no celebration. I don’t throw a party, and no one surprises me with one. Cue violins… After much, much work, the damn thing is done. I finally hold theContinue reading “I wrote a novel. Now what?”

My First Nanowrimo

I won Nanowrimo and all I  got was this free book cover… But seriously, I love my free book cover from bzebra. It definitely captures the essence of my story, and having it on my desktop is giving me some motivation to take it beyond the first draft. As a first-timer, I enjoyed the experience andContinue reading “My First Nanowrimo”