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...

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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