Category Archives: Novel-Writing Related

All things novel-writing related.

And the Novel’s Title Is… Social Grooming for Higher Primates

Hey! How are you? How is life? Seems fitting that the last post I wrote was on “Wordless” Wednesday three and a half years ago. So many times I’ve thought of coming back to this blog. Especially in the last … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: The Number One Thing That Will Help You Write Faster During NaNoWriMo…

I’ve followed writers doing NaNoWriMo and the Three-Day Novel Contest, and I’ve noticed one thing: I tend to write faster than the average person. Most people seem to write about 1,000 words an hour — sometimes much less. When I … Continue reading

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Big News… Interview in Black Heart Magazine

Laura Roberts at Black Heart Magazine requested an interview with me about my novel writing trials and tribulations so far — and of course I was happy to do it. The interview went up yesterday, and it’s gotten great response … Continue reading

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“Life. Don’t talk to me about Life.”

Marvin, the Paranoid Android

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted – too long in fact. I’ll blame it on Life, the Universe, and Everything.

No, I haven’t gotten a lot of progress in the actual writing of the novel. But that’s not to say I haven’t been busy. Actually, I’ve gone through some of the most creative days since I started, jotting down many notes. The shape of the storyline is really starting to come together now. I don’t want to misrepresent myself; there’s still a long way to go. But for the first time, the actual frame of the story with the character interactions, plot points, etc. are really starting to come together. Not only that, but I’ve really made some headway on the themes (not to mention, how to pull it all together).

So yes, I am very happy with my progress, even if it is not the tangible, words-on-the-meter kind of progress… Continue reading

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Refilling the Well…

Hey all,

Still here — just refilling the well a little bit. Although I intentionally stopped writing for a few days, I’ve had a number of questions running through my head as of late about the book. I’ve mentioned before I’m not sure the tension is where it should be, so I’m trying to work out how to fix that. Continue reading

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Return of “Return of the Native” (or, The Adventure Begins!)

Writers used to be the lighthouse keepers of the arts world: lonely horizon searchers given to madness and drink. To write a novel in the “old” days (like, say, the 1990’s) you had to hole up by yourself in some quiet corner of the world, coming up only for air and coffee before scurrying back to your desk.

Writing is still largely a solitudinal act, but thanks the Internet, you can get instant feedback. For example, I know many of you are already madly scrolling down to the comment section to let me know that “solitudinal” is not a word… Continue reading

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