About Not Not Writing

Don’t worry. This isn’t one of those annoying blog posts that goes something like, “Oh, haven’t written in awhile, been so busy with blah blah blah.” Okay, maybe a little, but I can explain…

Writing 4.6 – Ready to Be a Writer?

Too many writers quit, and that could allow less talented people to get published more often. Each time a writer quits pitching, it allows someone else’s manuscript to get into the hands of an agent or publisher. Maybe you’re just not ready yet.

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Writing 3.5 – A Personal Update

 Time for a short, happy update on my own writing progress. You may have noticed that I am in the process of posting another set of first-draft chapters for a work in progress.  While some have told me it’s a bad idea, the positives still beat the negatives for me so I’m sticking with it.  I’m…

Writing 2.1 – Getting Help

Roughly a year ago, I posted 18 chapters and about 50,000 words and thought I had a really good story about two people in a plane crash.  Not so.  Over the past two months I revised those same 18 chapters and, with the help of some great people, I now have 25 chapters, 75,000 words,…

The Road to Publishing

From what I’ve been told, because I know nothing about it first hand, the road to publishing a book includes many little trips along the way.  One of those trips is getting smaller things published, like short stories.  I haven’t tried that option yet, although I plan to.  Here’s one place for such a step:…

– the writing process – step 5: publishing

Book report, essay contest, published novel, self-published novel, Createspace, kindle, nook, ebook, Smashwords, Goodreads, My Disney Scrapbook 2000-2005 all have something in common.  Step 5: publishing.  What does “publishing” mean?  It means you’re done to whatever degree you have decided is done. The book on the right is my novel Room 317, written piece by…

– the writing process – step 2: writing

When I write a story, specifically fiction, I’m writing a movie.  I assign actors I think could play my characters.  A movie plays in my head.  The chosen actors play the parts.  I watch.  I type what I see.  That’s all I do.  If a scene doesn’t work, I essentially yell “Cut!” and delete/backspace and…