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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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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Tenacity Prime Episode 8: Mano A Mano

Click here to read! Only two episodes left! I can guarantee drama worthy of a daytime soap and space pirates to close out the season.

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Update and TP Episode 5: Dinner Party

What’s kept me from writing these past months is my negative feelings about myself. I can’t tell you how many times I opened a blank document with the intent to say something, then talked myself out of it. I’ve reviewed chapters of my book draft, not editing, just judging.  The short version of why I…

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Do You Need to Rest?

Are you okay with resting? I thought I was, until recently. I realized I feel a lot of shame around getting the amount of rest that my body tells me I need. I tried to base my need for rest on what other people are capable of, but like they taught us in kindergarten, everybody’s…

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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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Overcoming Perfection

Me: Writes post about overcoming perfectionism, starts by changing the title ten times in a row. I have perfectionist tendencies. For me, perfectionism means scrutinizing everything I do, say, and think, and rarely measuring up to my own standards. I think in black and white terms: good or bad, smart or stupid, perfect or unacceptable.…

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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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