Daniel Verastiqui

I Write Multi-POV Stories Because the Alternative Confuses and Frightens Me

Here's a thing: I've never written a novel from a single character's point of view. It has been twenty years, and despite my best efforts, I've never made it more than a half baker's dozen chapters into a...

If It Doesn’t Advance The Plot

I was finishing up my last edits on Brigham Plaza when the quarantine hit, so I couldn't join my fellow writers in celebrating "all this extra free time" we had to write. But now that the book is with my...

State of the WIP: The Most Exciting Line

Last night, I powered through the last six chapters of Brigham Plaza to get a sense of how they feel as a whole. I put a lot of work into making the climax of the book satisfying while still leaving a few...

Category - 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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