There are numerous ways of planning a novel. You can use a pen and paper, and write notes to your heart’s content. You can use a spreadsheet and make lists and chapter plans. You can use your word processor to develop character profiles, story outlines and themes. Or, you can use a wiki. This last … Read moreNovel Planning with Wiki
[ Personal Content Removed ] However, I’ve finished my manuscript which makes writing difficult. Never mind. This weekend I will start the editing phase. Until then, I’m planning my next … wait for it … no, not my next project but my next two projects. It started out to be the sequal to Cat’s Eyes … Read moreFeeling Calmer
It’s been a strange day. I’ve been fighting feelings of loss all day, yet the work is by no means over. As is advised by most published writers, I have decided to give myself a few days off to let the story settle before I turn on “editing” mode. In the meantime, I have the … Read moreFeeling Lost
I’ve had several people over the past two months ask me what a chapter book is, so I’m going to talk about that today. 🙂 A chapter book for children is the proper terminology for a children’s novel for the ages of 8 to 12. It’s usually between 25,000 and 40,000 words, yet the high … Read moreWhat is a Chapter Book?
It’s an amazing feeling when you finally reach the end of a manuscript and type the words “The End”. I was just given the pleasure of that feeling. My manuscript has been finished and the official word count is 30,916 words, which is 1,000 words less than the target but that’s perfectly acceptable. I don’t … Read moreDay 58: Manuscript Complete
Have you read a book only to discover an author secret hidden between the lines? I’ve heard of authors doing this (although for the life of me, I can’t think of any names right now), it’s a way of making the manuscript more enjoyable to write and read, and with this last manuscript I’m almost … Read moreAuthor Secrets
With the pages clicking by and the plot points ticked off (all except one), I found the last two days typing inspired mainly by the fact that I am so close to the finish mark. The words poured onto the page, my characters and I overcome with the excitement that the end was near. This … Read moreDay 56: One More Chapter
Writers across the internet have stopped posting. Why? Because it’s November, and it’s time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). 🙂 As a writer, November is like any other month to me because I don’t do NaNo. Visiting my usual haunts around the internet this morning, it felt weird to find blogs that are usually … Read moreWriters Stop Posting