Tag: Novels

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”

Works in Progress: How Many Is Too Many?

I often go hunting for quotes from authors about writing, usually for my weekly writing update posts. I recently stumbled across the following quote from novelist Philip Roth, and I really dig it. He said: “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” -Philip… Continue Reading “Works in Progress: How Many Is Too Many?”

A Week of Writing: 10/22/18 to 10/28/18

Getting a late start, but here’s how my writing week that was went. 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… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 10/22/18 to 10/28/18”

A Week of Writing: 9/3/18 to 9/9/18

It’s Monday, and I’m back on track with weekly, writerly updates. Words to Write By Today’s quotes comes from one of my favorite fantasy authors, Robin Hobb. The challenge is always to find the good place to end the book. The rule I follow… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 9/3/18 to 9/9/18”

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