February 2, 2017

Earlier this week, I had the lovely opportunity to sit down and speak with RaeAnne and Tina, the masterminds behind the #letsreadindie campaign.  It was an eye-opening experience, and something I really think I learned something about myself in the process.

Be sure to check out RaeAnne and Tina on social media. Links to their blog in their bios.

R&T: Tell us a bit about yourself and your books!

W: When I’m not writing The Erden Archives, I’m most likely planning or participating in some form of roleplay game. I’m big on keeping online roleplay communities alive, which has been difficult for a number of factors. I currently participate in several stories within the Star Wars universe, one within Star Trek, and I have an infrequent Numenera campaign going as well.

The Erden Archives are all short stories (which makes it easier to be prolific) taking...

October 10, 2016

Rewrite- the author’s metaphorical four-letter word. It’s never an easy task to rewrite a work, regardless of who says it needs to be done. It’s a gut-wrenching exercise to revisit your words and decide almost everything needs to change.

My personal journey while writing (and rewriting) The Erden Archives is a meandering one. The serialized, short story version of the Archives is a rewrite. Originally, the story focuses on the journal of a young woman, given to her mother. However, the single perspective is too narrow to tell the story I wish to convey.  

For two months, I rewrote chapters without producing any new work. Not good. My novelization had bogged down to a halt. I changed formats hoping to write, complete, and move on.  

Changing to serialized short stories greatly improved my forward production. To date, I’ve completed five rough draft s...

October 10, 2016

This is a SATIRICAL version of the original post. NSFW and all that jazz. ​​ Rewrite- it has three too many letters. And, just like the four-letter word it really is, it should come with a Google Adsense Policy statement and parental advisory rating. After all, any rewrite requires three times as much coffee and four times as much liquor as the original text.

August 10, 2016

As an author, I seek advice from successful authors.  I read and watch other authors’ interviews and parse out advice they offer. I take it all at face value. With my limited experience, who am I to say that something is ridiculous?

Also, I like defined goals.  Something quantitative I can measure as a step toward progress.  So, when I heard about writing word count goals, I found something that worked for me. I gravitated toward the mantra of 1,000 words a day.  Something about 750, the common throw-around, just wasn’t enough for my method.  Granted, 1,000 words a day, every day, just isn’t feasible when you build worlds the way I do (more on that in a future blog, PROMISE!)  However, on my writing days, I found 1,000 words a day just smooth as silk.

For about three months now, I’ve cranked out short stories in t...

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