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Book Four is Complete

Book Four is Complete

During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I spent a few days in a condo in Oahu, Hawaii. There I planned and began writing Book 4. (Spoiler alert - In Book 4, Jen will spend a little time in Honolulu, and on Justice Island.) After spending some time reviewing...

Getting Feedback for Your Novel

You've completed your novel and then did your own editing. Before you send your novel to agents or publishers, you need feedback. Lots of feedback. You need critique partners. Contents:[toc] About Critique Partners A critique partner is typically a group of...

Book Three is Complete

Book Three is Complete

Book One, Book Two, and now Book Three are all complete.   Word counts: Book One: 75,000 Book Two: 93,000 Book Three: 88,000 Next on the to-do list: Complete Book Four....

Editing Your Novel

You've done it! You completed your novel and now you're ready to publish it. But wait! Before you start sending manuscripts to publishers or contacting agents, you need to revise and edit your novel. You might be anxious to move things along, but you shouldn't send...

Book Three Update

Book Three Update

Book Three History I wrote Book Three during NaNoWriMo 2013. I used a method called "pantsing". NaNo-ers align with one of two writing methods: Planning - If you're a planner, you create a plot outline for your novel before November 1. Then, during NaNoWriMo, you...

Novel Writing on an iPad

Novel Writing on an iPad

NaNoWriMo is about to begin and I will be spending all of my spare time in the month of November writing my third novel. I plan to attend a slew of NaNoWriMo Local Events, including the write-ins. That means mobile writing. I have a work laptop, but it's generally a...

Book Three Begins!

Book Three Begins!

November is just around the corner and that means it's NaNoWriMo time! For the unknowledgeable, November is National Novel Writing Month. My writing has been pushed off to the side for the last year, but I'm back! And I'm ready to write Payne of Uncertainty: Ferox...

Book One Sample Chapters

Book One Sample Chapters

Read the first two chapters of my upcoming novel, Payne of Oblivion: Ferox Payne Series #1. The sample is available on the Ferox World...

Using a Pen Name

If you're preparing to publish (or just beginning to write) you may consider using a pen name. I have a couple of friends that were getting married. She was constantly annoyed that her maiden name was mispronounced and his last name was Thigpen. Yes, Thigpen rhymes...

Dreams to Life

Dreams to Life

I had a dream last night. It was of a race in another galaxy panicking because their sun was dying. They looked like us. They were human. They were scared. They needed help. Their entire planet needed to be moved before it was erased from existence. The dream had...

Book One Cover Edit

Book One Cover Edit

I've messed around with different cover design over time, but I decided it was time to get down to business. After all, in the next few months I plan to put a book up on Amazon. I came up with a design and I put my book covers up on Facebook to get my friends'...

Book Two Outline Complete

Book Two Outline Complete

I'm really on fire and the outline for Book Two is complete. In Book Two, Jen will learn a little more about the two Ferox factions called Griffleon and Coraleon and their roles in the government. She will learn that her friend Victoria had a little Ferox help winning...

Book One Awaits Final Edits

Book One Awaits Final Edits

I've completed some serious edits to Book One. Jen will now be telling us her story in the first person. Since the original manuscript was written in third person perspective, it was not easy. Jen doesn't learn things that happen in the order that they happen. She has...

Book One Cover Design

Book One Cover Design

Nothing's set in stone, but I've been working on Title and Cover design for my first book. And, subsequently, Books 2 and 3.

First or Third Person?

First or Third Person?

I finished a novel for my daughter back in 2009. I'm ready to take that to the next level. I have a good grasp on my fictional world. I have an overarching plot developed. I have characters developed that I haven't used yet, but have big plans for them. An I...

Goals for 2012

Goals for 2012

According to Zig Ziglar, "If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time". It's good to have goals! My goal in 2012 is to write 3 books, bringing my Ferox Series total to 4. The first book I wrote was 86,000 words and 270 draft pages long. (That's 8 1/2 x 11...

Your Audience is Smarter Than You Think

Your Audience is Smarter Than You Think

I recently read a book by a new author. All the predictors point to this book (which shall remain nameless) being the next big thing. The premise was relatively new and exciting. It's a little Sci-Fi, a little Young Author, a little Romance, and some good political...

Next Book Idea Formed

Next Book Idea Formed

According to Wikipedia, luck or is good fortune which occurs beyond one's control without regard to one's will, intention, or desired result. Some people believe our lives are ruled by luck. Some think it's just the math of the universe. All things are seeking to be...

Notes for Editing Your Novel

Notes for Editing Your Novel

I'm a huge Lifehacker fan and ran across their article with Tips for Editing Your NaNoWriMo Novel. They tallied up a few of their favorite tips from writers and some great apps for editing to help you along your way. Below are the topics of the article. First You...

It’s NaNoWriMo

It’s NaNoWriMo

November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to write a 50,000-word (175-page) book throughout the Month of November Although this sounds extremely ambitious, the goal is not to have a ready-to-publish manuscript. It's more about relaxing and...