Writing

Alert the Media

Some things never change. I've been writing stories and novels for a long time now, and though I'm no longer in the posting word counts to Twitter every day phase, I still feel the need to share the milestones with someone... anyone, basically...

On The Ending of Things

I lied to some good people recently. I asked them to beta read my next book and told them it was complete. But it wasn't. In fact, it was missing its final five chapters, a section for which I coined a new term: the ending. Why the deceit, you ask...

State of the WIP

What a mess. Don't get me wrong, I love this new book. And a lot of the feedback I've been getting from beta readers is largely positive. Except for the one who didn't like the sex scenes. Or the one who thinks there's too much cussing. Or all of...

A Woman Takes Off Her Bra

Here's what I've found to be true about editing on the fly: the more you write, the more you can adjust things while you're writing. What used to take 10 drafts to rewrite may now only take 6. The point is, you know things are wrong as they're...

State of the WIP: Home Stretch

This is it. Only 8 chapters remain in the zero draft of Vinestead Book 6, tentatively (but likely) titled Brigham Plaza. It is a story of connection and withdrawal, of alliances and grudges, but mostly sex and drugs.

You Don’t Say

The characters have been talking a lot lately, as if they’re just sitting still, spinning their wheels. This happens sometimes when you’re following four POVs and only one is really churning. It’s easy to get discouraged, but the...

Unsolicited Advice About Writing Your Shitty First Draft

Common Twitter author wisdom holds that your first draft, no matter your skill level, will always be shitty. There was one guy once who posted that it doesn’t have to be shitty, but he was wrong. First drafts are generally terrible, but the...

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