Tag: Novels

A Week of Writing: 10/25/21 to 10/31/21

The final week of October has come and gone. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote is comes from Carol Leifer.  “As a writer, the worst thing you can do is work in an environment of fear of rejection.” —Carol… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 10/25/21 to 10/31/21”

A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21

The last full week of September was a busy one. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote is about rejection for reasons that will soon be clear. It comes from novelist James Lee Burke.  “Every rejection is incremental payment on… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/20/21 to 9/26/21”

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”

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