A First Draft Finished!

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I have finally completed the first draft of Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 2.  It is certainly not close to being ready to be put out into the world, but this step was essential.

I also have a plan of action for the revisions, which is something I did not have in my first book. I simply rewrote and made changes both major and minor as I went along. I hope with my focused revision process, I can lower significantly the number of drafts I will need. I am also hoping that I can still have this book out in time for Halloween! We will see.

On to draft 2!

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

Happy Writing!

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I simply wanted to wish all writers a good writing day–today and always.  I also hope you will have excellent production on whatever project you are tackling.

Never doubt your abilities, and work on getting your first drafts done. They will not be perfect, but you will then have material to revise.

Remember to try to write every day and read everyday.

Happy Writing!

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Quotations on Writing by Stephen King

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“Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

 

“Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.”

 

“The story always comes first.”

 

All quotations from:

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Scribner, 2000.

 

 

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award

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Thank you to Laura https://todaysdose.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award! I am honored to be given this nomination by a blogger who is creative, kind, and whose blog deals with many important and interesting family issues and concerns. Again, thank you!

The Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.

2.) Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3.) Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).

4.) Create ten questions for your nominees, and notify them of their nominations.

My answers:

When did you begin writing for enjoyment?

This is a difficult question because I have been writing in various capacities most of my life, but I committed to being a novelist about 4 years ago, maybe 5, and I love writing fiction.

Who is your favorite philosopher and why?

My favorite philosopher is Socrates, because he believed that questioning everything is the basis of wisdom. I have tried to live my life in the pursuit of knowledge through questioning, and I believe it is crucial for any society to have many people who question the status quos of that society in order to grow and be healthy.

Why do you write?

I write fiction because I have many stories to tell.  I have to keep the newest novels lined up and waiting their turns to be drafted.  I love telling stories, hearing stories, and reading stories. I think it is the one essential art form.

What is hardest part about the writing process for you?

I understand the importance of revision; I am currently working on the 8th draft of my horror novel Evil Lives After, but revision is the hard work of writing.  Drafting the first draft is fun and exciting; revision, which is crucial, is difficult and often tedious.

Do you find you’re bummed out when you finish a good book?

Yes! When I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time, even though it is very long, I wanted it to keep going, because I loved the world of this book and its characters.  Tolkien had me completely drawn in, and I don’t think that I have ever left Middle Earth completely.

My Nominees

*Kate Colby http://katemcolby.com/

Kate is an excellent writer and blogger.  Please check out her site and her new novel: The Cogsmith’s Daughter

*A Not So Jaded Life https://anotsojadedlife.wordpress.com This is a wonderful blog with moving and useful quotations and discussions of writing.

*Prof Mitch https://mitchgoldfarbblog.wordpress.com/

Mitch has an inspirational blog with powerful quotations and questions.

*Never Less Than Everything http://neverlessthan.com/

Tricia and Richard write an impressive blog about autism, autistic rights, and life.

*Zombie Salmon https://zombiesalmonthehorrorcontinues.wordpress.com/

K.C. Redding-Gonzalez has an erudite blog about issues of the writing of horror fiction.

*Bold Blind Beauty http://boldblindbeauty.com/ Stephanae V. McCoy writes an inspiration blog about facing the challenges of life.

*G.P. Cox https://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com Mr. Cox has an excellent post on the history of the military during the Pacific War.

*Michelle Saul https://mythoughtsonwritingandreading.wordpress.com/

Michelle is a strong writer, and her blog deals with many aspects of writing and reading.

*Tadhg https://askateenageaspie.wordpress.com  This is a wonderful blog by a teenager who is honest and open about being a teenage Aspie.

*Cindy Knoke http://cindyknoke.com/ Cindy’s blog features stunning photography and commentary.

My questions:

1.) What is your favorite book and why?

2.) Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?

3.) What do you enjoy most about blogging?

4.) What is your favorite season of the year?

5.) What is your favorite holiday?

6.) Do you have a favorite quotation about writing or life?

7.) Do you like have pets? If so, what kind?

8.) What is the last book you read?

9.) What are your writing or artistic goals?

10.) What is a perfect day for you?

Revision, Revision, Revision!

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When I teach my First Year Writing English classes, one of the points that I emphasize heavily is the need for writers to revise their work. Many beginning college students assume that writing should appear magically finished and correct after the first draft, an assumption that I attempt to dispel quickly. I speak of how the word itself—revise—mean “to re-see, to re-imagine, and then to act on that re-viewing of the draft.” Included in their revision process is the use of peer evaluation of their drafts, in which they read and respond to each other’s work under my guidance. I have to say how proud they make me as a teacher, because most students take this work seriously and improve their writing as a result. With my first year students, I generally have them do 3-4 drafts of each paper before submitting it for a grade.

I thought of this process as I worked on the second draft of my future history novel, and I realized the enormity of work ahead. Like my students, as I read and considered the first draft of this novel, I recognized so many points that need to be evaluated and rewritten.

The first major task I had to complete was ordering the chapters into the proper sequence, which was especially challenging because I always draft all my writing by hand on legal pads. This first draft was a pile of tablets sitting next to my desk.

Then I started to examine each chapter to decide if it was needed or not. Some would be cut and some would stay. Then, I began the actual act of rewriting those remaining chapters, using the assumption that everything can be redone and improved. As I worked on this revision, I realized that there were also missing pieces, so I constantly noted where I needed to develop sections and where new chapters should be included.

At this point, I am approximately one third of the way through the second draft of this novel. I hope that I can complete it, the 2nd draft, by the end of this year. Then I will put it aside for a few weeks before reading it again and beginning work on the 3rd draft. At this point, I then ask several trusted people to read the text and give me unflinching critiques, an absolutely crucial part of the process.

In my academic side of writing, I am currently gathering material for an idea that is still in the very beginning stages as well as beginning work on an academic book that I will base on part of my Ph.D. dissertation. I will speak of this more during a later post.