Choosing my Genre

My first novel, Dark House, is a psychological thriller. I’ve never read a psychological thriller in my life. I don’t even like that genre of movie. I wrote Dark House because I loved the idea, knowing that the likelihood of me writing anything else (besides sequels) in it’s genre was pretty low. I’ve been avoiding…

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How I Wrote a Novel: Part 3 – Doing Everything Wrong on Purpose

I self-edited and self-published my book. I’m not going into detail about how I did it, because it’s not a process anyone should emulate. However, I regret nothing.

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How I Wrote a Novel: Part 2 – First Draft

Despite the fact that drafting was the most time-consuming part of writing my first novel, it’s the part I have the least commentary on. Mainly, I emphasize the importance of learning by trial and error. There were things that I did/didn’t do despite all the advice I read to the contrary, but I wouldn’t trade…

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Ebook Published!

The Kindle version of my psychological thriller, Dark House, is now available on Amazon. The paperback version should be available in about three weeks. Book Description: A young woman who has given up on life is offered professional help for the first time. Instead of receiving the help she was promised, she is imprisoned in…

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Doing Better

At least once a week, I open WordPress. I look at my feed, see if there are any new posts I’m interested in. I have an itch to write one myself. After ten, twenty, thirty minutes, I close the tab and move on with my day.  I stopped writing for my blog around this time…

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The First Draft

I have finished the first draft of my first novel, Dark House. Word count: 66,873 Time to complete: A year and some change – I did not write consistently. I’m proud, but it’s definitely not time to pop open the bubbly yet. I have some serious editing to do. For example, my main character had…

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1st Novel, 1st Draft!

My first draft of Dark House is sitting at 59,400 words right now. I have three chapters left to write, tops. I’m almost done with the first draft of my first novel! This is only one step in the labor intensive process of publishing a book. However, it’s a huge step, and I’ll be glad…

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I’m Scared to Try

I’m scared to put myself out there. I’m scared to finish my book and release it. I’m scared to post regularly on social media. I’m scared to be noticed. But above all, I’m scared to not be noticed. After months of putting it off, I finally started an Instagram to accompany this blog. Part of…

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Why Am I Like This? | On Focus

I drive myself crazy with my constantly changing mind and moods. Bear with me, ya’ll. For a couple months, I had the idea in my head that I could do everything I’m passionate about at once. That I could work my regular job 40 hours per week, write my novel, paint, design jewelry, do whatever…

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Lowering My Expectations

When I decided to write Dark House (the working title of my book), I had some big plans. Some big, ridiculous plans. The first draft was supposed to be done by August 1st, giving me about four months to write it. That date has come and gone and I’m a little under halfway done with…

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