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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How I Wrote a Novel: Part 1 – Idea, Planning, Outline

I self-published my first novel this December. Most of my friend’s and family’s reaction to me writing a book was some version of, “I can’t believe you wrote an entire book.” Before I wrote one, I had a hard time conceptualizing how people did it too. I’m doing this series about my novel writing process…

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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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Second Draft Observations

In the thick of my second draft of Dark House. Here are some observations I’ve had so far. Rewriting isn’t as scary as it seems – As I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts, there was a major character trait that I had to write out of the first half of the book, because…

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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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I Used to Hate Writing

When I was in school, writing was something that I was “good” at. My parents, teachers, and peers complimented my ability to string coherent sentences together. But I didn’t like writing. It was a chore, albeit one that came easily to me. I knew how to figure out what each teacher was looking for and…

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Ditch Your Outline

I started working on my novel again yesterday after a two week hiatus. It took me two whole weeks to figure out what was holding me back. I didn’t want to write what I had planned in my outline. The next section was supposed to be a little different than the previous chapters. I was…

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How to Find Story Ideas

New ideas for fiction books pop into my head constantly (whether they are good ideas or not is another issue 😉 ). For example, I was at work the other week and suddenly thought, hospital…in space! Space hospital! Yes, that sounds ridiculous, but I promise the plot behind it could make for a great read. So I…

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Too Little Description?

I’m known to be blunt. I often find myself involved in a conversation between two people that goes something like this: Person 1: “blah blah unimportant details blah blah” Person 2: “I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you understand, Kira?” Me: Condenses what Person 1 said into one or two simple sentences.…

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