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Paid Advice

Now that I have written a first draft of a novel, said I am going to complete NaNoWriMo for 2020 (starts in a couple days), I have decided it is time I hand out paid advice. You only have to pay with your time, but that is very valuable when you break it down that […]

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Scrivener Templates

While starting prep for NaNoWriMo this year I decided to check up on different plotting styles and landed upon two different ones to try. First was Save The Cat! After reading the book and a friends review of it, I feel it is going to be one I use each book I write. The great […]

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Too damn long

Just looking back at when I posted about finishing my first draft. That was about 11 months ago. I should have at least finished a second draft by now, even if I feel the story may not sit well with what has happened this year in real life. This year I am going to do […]

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Slow to write

I have been still working on getting time to work on my second draft written. My wife and I came across a great business opportunity at the end of 2019 to acquire a soaping company that would add to our current soaping business. Specifically we were excited about adding recipes for hard bar soaps, they […]

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Time for the second draft…

I was lucky enough to have two friends offer to read my first draft and give me some notes. Neither of them have finished it, which is a note in itself. I read a great book about making the best beginning you can for your book to help get it noticed by agents and publishers […]

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First Draft Finished!

I finally completed it, 95,241 words. It took longer than I thought, but I never gave up. Luckily I have a couple friends reading it so I can get some feedback on the overall story. So far the comments are positive about the dialog style. Lots of comments on how rough editing is. Going to […]

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Missed My Target

I did not hit my target goal of 100,000 words by June 15th. It is now June 25th and I am sitting at 79,148. This has not stopped me from feeling that moving to writing was the right choice for me. It has just shown that it was not going to be as easy as […]

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Once more with feeling.

Last year I decided to change my career path from learning programming to writing. After spending over five years teaching myself C# programming, feeling like my skills were not getting better at it at an appropriate rate over that amount of time. During those years there were many conventions I attended. What I would purchase […]