Tag: Novels

A Novel First Draft by the Numbers

A few days ago, I finished the first draft of a new novel tentatively titled Hell to Play. I’ve posted about first drafts in the past, but since this one is fresh in my mind I thought I’d break down the numbers and talk about… Continue Reading “A Novel First Draft by the Numbers”

A Week of Writing: 4/13/20 to 4/19/20

I’m settling in, writing more frequently, and my days now resemble something like my old routine. Time to dust off the weekly update posts. Words to Write By Today’s quote comes from Stephen King. “I believe the first draft of a book — even… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/13/20 to 4/19/20”

First Draft Drive: 2000 Words Per Day

This week I’m starting the first draft of a new novel. I’ve got my outline, and I’m (more or less) ready to go. But what’s my plan of attack? What are my goals? How quickly do I aim to finish. Let me answer those… Continue Reading “First Draft Drive: 2000 Words Per Day”

A Week of Writing: 1/13/20 to 1/19/20

One more week of writing in the books. Let’s see how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from novelist Hallie Ephron. “Outlining is like putting on training wheels. It gives me the courage to write, but we always go off… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/13/20 to 1/19/20”

A Week of Writing: 1/6/20 to 1/12/20

Well, it’s a new year, so it’s time to start accounting for my writing and submission endeavors again. Here we go. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Vincent van Gogh. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/6/20 to 1/12/20”

Proofing Checklist: Just Nod & Smile

I recently finished the latest revision of my novel, and after all the heavy lifting was done–you know, adding new scenes, tweaking character motivations, all that–it was time for one more proof before it goes back to my agent. Now I have a pretty… Continue Reading “Proofing Checklist: Just Nod & Smile”

A Week of Writing: 6/10/19 to 6/16/2019

Another week of writing and stuff. Words to Write By This week’s quote is another from Mark Twain. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 6/10/19 to 6/16/2019”

Deadlines: What Can They Teach You?

I’m currently writing on deadline, something I’ve done a lot in my career. From short stories to novels, I’ve frequently had to bang out the words under the gun. That got me thinking. What has writing under a deadline taught me and how has… Continue Reading “Deadlines: What Can They Teach You?”

A Week of Writing: 4/29/19 to 5/5/19

A day late, but here’s another week of writing wins and woes. Words to Write By The quote this week comes from Ernest Hemingway. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway I’m featuring this quote not because I think it’s how everyone… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/29/19 to 5/5/19”

A Week of Writing: 2/4/18 to 2/10/18

After a month hiatus on the ol’ writing updates, it’s time to get back on that horse. Here’s how I did last week. Words to Write By This week’ quotes comes from Anita Shreve. “To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 2/4/18 to 2/10/18”

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