One of the more common pieces of writing advice one sees is "finish what you start." The idea, as I understand it, is that if a writer never learns to follow through on a project, they will never make it "in the business" (after all, how can one get anything published if there's nothing complete to … Continue reading Finish What You Start—Or Not
Over the last year and a half or so, my life turned into the real estate equivalent of a soap opera. In March 2014, we put our house on the market, and "sold" it (had a purchase agreement in place) by early June. Closing was set for 01 August. A week before closing, our buyers … Continue reading Real Estate Ate My Brain
A writer new to the industry hears a lot of rules and guidelines, do's and don't's about how to craft a novel. None of these are hard and fast, though one is encouraged to understand why the same "rules" crop up again and again before going off willy-nilly to break them. There needs to be a compelling reason … Continue reading The Dreaded Prologue
I've been quiet here lately. I'd like to say it's because I'm so busy writing awesome things, but that would be a partial truth at best. That nasty little "Real Life" thing keeps getting in the way of my more esoteric pursuits, like updating this blog, so while I have been working on my novel, … Continue reading Now What?
I'm getting down to the last couple of chapters here in Round Two of major revisions. All the plot wrinkles that I've ironed out through the rest of the manuscript have bunched up here at the end, and are proving more irksome than I'd naïvely anticipated. On the one hand, it's frustrating to see how much … Continue reading A Reindeer for my Lawn