Write Without Fear

State of the WIP: The Fun is Over

My wife was headed to Target the other day and asked me if I needed more Coke Zero. When I told her no, she...
Daniel Verastiqui
3 min read

Louis Sachar and the Literary IDGAF

For the first three years of his life, my son has enjoyed classic books like Goodnight Moon, The Pout-Pout Fish, and The Going to...
Daniel Verastiqui
2 min read

State of the WIP: I Don’t Do That Anymore

Do you remember a time when there wasn't a crisis every single minute of every single day? Me neither. It seems like the universe...
Daniel Verastiqui
4 min read

No, It’s The Children Who Are Wrong

Maybe I'm just arrogant and handsome, but I don't think my first draft is shitty. My first draft is awesome, and I bet yours...
Daniel Verastiqui
4 min read

State of the WIP

We're here. The midpoint. 31 chapters down. 29 chapters to go. Progress has been good, but the difficulty factor of this WIP has varied...
Daniel Verastiqui
2 min read

State of the WIP

Numbers don't lie. I lie. I lie a lot. But generally speaking, you can always count on numbers to tell you the truth. And...
Daniel Verastiqui
2 min read

State of the WIP

Because there's always a WIP. People like you and I, we live for the WIP. We die for the WIP. Without the WIP, there...
Daniel Verastiqui
4 min read

I Write Multi-POV Stories Because the Alternative Confuses and…

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...
Daniel Verastiqui
4 min read

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...
Daniel Verastiqui
3 min read

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...
Daniel Verastiqui
4 min read

State of the WIP: All the Sexual Content We…

As of 9:00 p.m. last night, I have completed principal writing on Vinestead Anthology book six, Brigham Plaza. It took about 11 months to...
Daniel Verastiqui
2 min read

You Can Have My Threesome When You Pry It…

Soliciting feedback on a work in progress is a delicate dance. On the one hand, beta readers can point out huge holes in continuity...
Daniel Verastiqui
2 min read