Tag: Novels

A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21

Two weeks into September, and here’s my weekly writerly report card. Words to Write By A great quote about revision from author Leigh Bardugo.  “I think the hard work of writing is just how long a book is terrible before it’s good.” ― Leigh Bardugo… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/6/21 to 9/12/21”

Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist

This week, I started the second revision of my WIP novel Hell to Play. This is the big revision/rewrite before I start shopping it around, and it will be driven by the comments and notes from my three excellent critique partners (bless you, you wonderful… Continue Reading “Write to Revise: My WIP Checklist”

Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21

A couple of fairly productive weeks. Here’s the score. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Michael Crichton. “Books aren’t written- they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 8/23/21 to 9/5/21”

Weeks of Writing: 2/22/21 to 3/7/21

A couple more weeks of writing come and gone. Check it out. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from Joseph Heller. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~ Joseph Heller I feel this one in my soul. Writing is rarely easy… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 2/22/21 to 3/7/21”

First Draft vs. Revision: One Plotter’s Preference

Writing a novel is a process of many individual steps, but all those steps generally fall under two very broad stages: drafting and revising. Just about every author I know prefers one or the other, and I thought I’d share a little about my… Continue Reading “First Draft vs. Revision: One Plotter’s Preference”

A Week of Writing: 1/11/21 to 1/17/21

Another week of writing in the books. Have a look. Words to Write By This week, we’re going back a couple hundred years for a great quote from Jane Austen. “I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 1/11/21 to 1/17/21”

The Complete Picture Part 2: The Gaming Years

In the previous post, I discussed the last nine years of my short story submissions and presented data about the number of submissions, rejections, and so on. A friend of mine (Hi, Jared), however, wondered about the overlap between my short story submissions and… Continue Reading “The Complete Picture Part 2: The Gaming Years”

Weeks of Writing: 1/1/21 to 1/10/21

Here’s my writing report card for the first week and change of the new year. Let’s take a look. Words to Write By I really like this quote from novelist and playwright William Somerset Maugham, “There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading “Weeks of Writing: 1/1/21 to 1/10/21”

2020 Writing Review Part 4: The Novels

I thought I was done with my writing review posts, but I spoke too soon. I, uh, remembered that the bulk of my writing time in 2020 had not been spent on short stories and their submissions, but on a pair of novels. So,… Continue Reading “2020 Writing Review Part 4: The Novels”

A Week of Writing: 11/30/20 to 12/6/20

Here’s my past week of writerly endeavors. Normally, I’d try and play catch-up and cover multiple weeks since I haven’t posted one of these in a while, but the last month and change have been pretty hectic, so I’m just gonna start over. 🙂… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 11/30/20 to 12/6/20”

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