What I Learned

It’s been while since my last update. Admittedly, I’ve gotten out of practice over the summer. You know how it goes, long days and warm weather combine for relaxed atmosphere. You start to drop your guard. A vacation here, a trip to the river or the lake there, and before you know it your daily…

Final Draft

As I currently write this post, I’m a scene away from my final revision, edit, and rewrite of my first Novel Manuscript. Sure I’d finished drafts before, but this is no ordinary draft. This is a final copy, a polished script as those in the business would say. This is the first time I can…

There’s a Saying About Writers 

There’s a saying that goes a little something like this. To be a writer, you have to be writing. This may be true. But I’ve found that you are a writer if you stop writing but can’t replace the urge to shape words into stories. It’s funny how much one can miss crafting a new…

This One Feels Real! 

This one feels real guys. In the last update I spoke of finishing my second novel manuscript. I’ve had about a month to soak it all in and I have to say the feeling of accomplishment is much different this time around.  With the completion of the first manuscript, it was a long overdue marathon…

On to the next one! 

It’s been a while since the last writing update. Don’t worry, I’m still writing. I finished the first draft of the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, the project I’ve referred to for the past several months. I’ve dubbed it Project HAM & Abel. it’s a working title of course. Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll be…

When Words Form Art

There are certain points in your novel that you just can’t wait to write. A big plot reveal. A character making a key choice that shifts the story. That final confrontation that you’ve just been itching to write. Whatever it may be, there are certain points in your manuscript that excite you. The scene comes…

Baby Steps & Reflection

As you all know, I’m back at work on my manuscript I started drafting during the NaNoWriMo event in November. As a reminder, I’ve set a daily/weekly goal for the year of 2017. So far, it seems to be working out well. When I paused to take a break from my manuscript at the end…

Trappings of World Building

“It’s a trap”

A phrase that has become one of the most enamored quotes from one of the most successful franchises of all time. It echoed in my head recently. It rang in my ears as an annoying alarm that wouldn’t quiet.

Methods for Character Building

A few weeks ago, a friend asked me what my methods were for creating my characters. Admittedly, the question caught me off guard. However, it’s an excellent question. I decided that perhaps I should explore this topic further and share it with you. Methods for Character Building There are several different methods for how to…

An Opinion on the Lesson of NaNoWriMo

I’ve noticed something. For the first time, I’ve actually got the core to a second manuscript. I’ve almost written a second novel. That’s something I’ve wanted to do since I finished the first novel. (It’s not truly finish because, you know that whole editing and re-editing phase but I digress). For four years, I meandered…

NaNoWriMo Challenge, Conquered

50,000 Words….Done. The Manuscript isn’t completed. I’m 50k into a projected 85-90k project, so it’ll be a while before I can tout about a finished manuscript. However, accepting this challenge has put me exponentially closer to that goal. You’ve got to celebrate the small victories. So I’ll do exactly that. NaNoWriMo is finishing up tomorrow….

The Final Countdown

I’m almost there. I can see the finish line. I’ve written 48k and rounding that curve into the final stretch on the track. I can see it, approaching with every typed word. Each sentence is another leap towards that finishing ribbon. And that realization has made this last five thousand words or so that much more difficult…