Tag Archives | Drafting

How to Finish Your Book

Hi all! I’m currently on a deadline with my publisher, so I find myself thinking a lot about productivity these days. My deadline is for a first draft, so my focus at the moment is on creating a quality draft without bogging down, getting off track, or falling behind schedule. In the meantime, I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of aspiring novelists in the past few months, and many have asked for advice on […]

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Focusing

Lately, I’ve been a highly distracted ferret creature when I’m supposed to be writing. I’ve got deadlines coming out of my ears right now, so I really need to focus and get my work done. But how?? I’m a firm believer in needing to be able to write wherever, whenever. When writing professionally, there’s no waiting for the mood to strike. Deadlines don’t care about moods. No, for me, it’s about forcing myself to focus. […]

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Getting your brain in the book after a long break

Recently, I’ve been working on Fallen Isles 2, trying to get the first draft finished before the end of the year. But I’ve had to put it aside a few times, thanks to more immediate deadlines, travel, and other authoring things. One of the things I hadn’t realized before I started writing professionally was how many times I’d have to put aside a draft and come back to it. Maybe an edit letter comes in […]

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When to Put the Baby (Your Book) to Bed

For every book I’ve written, there are at least two that will never see the light of day. Even with three books under my belt, not everything that shoots from my pen sparkles. I recently decided not to pursue a manuscript for which I had already written 30,000 words. It was hard, especially after having spent six months researching for it. And it won’t be the last time that happens. So, how do you know […]

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Building Blocks of a Novel: Chapters

Hi All! We’ve come to the final installment in my series on the building blocks of a novel. This is part five of a series built around a metaphor comparing a novel to a city. So far, we’ve imagined words as bricks, sentences as walls, paragraphs as buildings, and scenes as streets. Today, we’ll look at the final building block—chapters. If a novel were a city, the chapters would be the neighborhoods. When you travel through […]

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