Tag: Novels

First Draft Finish Line: What’s Your Speed?

How long should it take you to write the first draft of a novel? There’s no right answer, really, but as both a writer of novels and a former editor of authors who write novels, I’ve identified three categories that most writers fall into… Continue Reading “First Draft Finish Line: What’s Your Speed?”

Weeks of Writing: 4/11/22 to 4/24/22

Two more weeks of writing. Let’s dive in. Words to Write By Today’s quote is from author Allegra Goodman. “Know your literary tradition, savor it, steal from it, but when you sit down to write, forget about worshiping greatness and fetishizing masterpieces.”  —Allegra Goodman… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 4/11/22 to 4/24/22”

Three Steps for Novel Reclamation

So, recently, I returned to a novel I abandoned about four years ago. It’s tentatively titled Hell’s Aquarium, and I wrote 35,000 words, essentially the first act, got spooked by the research I needed to do, and moved on to other projects. I’ve since… Continue Reading “Three Steps for Novel Reclamation”

Weeks of Writing: 2/21/22 to 3/6/22

Another couple weeks of catch-up here. Let’s see how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from novelist Mercedes Lackey. I always work from an outline, so I know all the of the broad events and some of the finer details… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 2/21/22 to 3/6/22”

Aeryn’s Archives – Act of War: Flashpoint

It’s probably about time I talk about the novels I’ve written for Privateer Press in a more detail. I mean, I’m always telling you people I have written novels, so I guess it’s time to put my cards on the table. Today, I’m going to… Continue Reading “Aeryn’s Archives – Act of War: Flashpoint”

A Week of Writing: 2/14/22 to 2/20/22

One more week of writerly doings. Let’s take a look. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from George Orwell “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 2/14/22 to 2/20/22”

What Are They Saying: Analyzing My Editorial Feedback

When you’ve collected as many rejections as I have, you read A LOT of editor and first-reader feedback. I’m never one to put much stock in isolated feedback from a single source, but when you do this long enough, you start to see some… Continue Reading “What Are They Saying: Analyzing My Editorial Feedback”

Weeks of Writing: 1/31/22 to 2/13/22

Let’s do some weekly writerly catch-up. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from E.B White.  “It is no sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript ends up in need of major surgery. This is common in all writing and among the… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 1/31/22 to 2/13/22”

The Way I Write Part 5: Novels & Stuff

I’ve explored my writing as it’s developed these past twenty years through a series of posts titled The Way I Write. I largely used the Flesch-Kincaid readability scores to get an idea of how my work has progressed over the years. Basically, I went… Continue Reading “The Way I Write Part 5: Novels & Stuff”

A Week of Writing: 1/17/22 to 1/23/22

Another week come and gone. How’d I do? Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from French novelist Gustave Flaubert.  “I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/17/22 to 1/23/22”

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