The final stretch

I'm very near to the end of a first draft of my novel, and am having a harder and harder time keeping thoughts of all the hard work ahead at bay. So many things to add, and change, and remove. So many crappy sentences to fix, words to remove, characters to insert and excise. It's …

Editors are good, you should get one!

When writing, I know I will always get too close to the work and be unable to see it with clear eyes. This can lead to either hating something good, or being enamored with something sub-par. Second opinions are a must, but you have to be sure that opinion is coming from someone who knows …

Words need to ferment

This week was the three-year anniversary of the day I finished the first draft of my first novella, Iapetus Shift. That's right, the same novella I just published last month. It took me about three months to type out the 30,000 word draft, but over two years of it sitting in my metaphorical drawer before I …

Novella

SO... I wrote one a couple years ago and it's been siting in a figurative drawer collecting metaphorical dust since then because I hated it so much I couldn't bear to look at it. Well, I read it through recently, and it's actually not horrible! Strange how cruel our internal editors can be in the …

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