Book #12: Blocking In

Blocking in is the stage I am in with my current work-in-progress, not its title. This is to be my ninth novel and the twelfth book overall. When I came up with the initial sketch (the first plot outline) I’d envisioned this as literary fiction. However, to do justice to what I wanted to say…

The November Project

I’m torn. Some of you may have heard of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. It runs for 30 days in November of each year. Well, I’ve done it a few times, and it’s no big deal at this point. In fact, it’s a little asinine in that the objective is to write a 50,000-word…

Good Starts Make Good Finishes

Starting – that is the hard part, is it not? We must begin – in writing, at work, in life. Each of us has our own way of doing things, and few of us who are even moderately successful need coaching on how to begin on those good days. You know the ones – the…

Writing in Darkness

Each book I write, I make it a point to write differently than the previous books. My first two books were outlined together, and written as a unit. The third was rigidly plotted, outlined, and written to my detailed notes. Book four, I developed the main characters, did eight hours’ worth of world building (a…