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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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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2 Signs You Need to Revise Your Book’s Plot

Writing your book becomes boring, and you start avoiding it regularly. I know I’m writing something good when an hour flies by and I have to tear myself away from writing to do other things. You find yourself writing scenes you don’t really want to in order to make a plot point make sense. I…

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I’m Too Tired for Art and I Don’t Have Time

This is a terrible excuse. Still, I make it constantly. Pretty much every day. When I’m at home, I think about work (regular 8 to 5 work), and when I’m at work, I think about how much I’d like to be at home, making art. I will never paint the paintings I want to or…

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Bad Mood Blogging – A Little Prose #3

I just have to get this off my chest. Sometimes, like right now, I feel restless. I want to do something productive.  I should write my book, I think. I don’t want to, because I feel like whatever I write is going to be bad. And maybe I should be cleaning, anyway. I don’t want…

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State of Flow

Flow is important. It provides vital information about what you should be spending your time on. I’m referring to a “state of flow”, a state we slip into when we are doing an activity we love, a state of total immersion. Time ceases, ideas come effortlessly. I experience a state of flow when I write…

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Weekly Favorites 8/10/18

This has been my first full week back blogging Monday, Wednesday, Friday, in a month. It’s been a rough month, and as the week crept closer to Friday, I wondered if I’d have any favorites at all. Recently, after patiently listening as I detailed my problems, a friend asked me, “What has been making you…

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Weekly Favorites 7/6/18

Hope you had a great 4th of July, fellow Americans! I ate some delicious barbecued ribs and watched the first and second Jurassic Park. I have a confession to make… I haven’t written this week. There’s something going on that is taking up all of my mental energy (nothing too serious!), I’ll probably explain it…

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Weekly Favorites 6/29/18

I’m on the 9th chapter of my novel. This chapter has been a struggle, for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve been doubting my writing skills all week, which has made it harder to write. Two, I’m quickly approaching the mid-point of my book, which will be at approximately 40,000 words; that’s intimidating to me.…

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