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No major updates for this week. Meeting my goals. Not much else to add right now.

-Keep Writing

The Problem with Writing Novels

Last year I wrote two novels. I am currently working on a third. The fourth is planned.

Writing is the biggest part of the process. You can’t move forward until you have the words on paper. I’m already ahead of the game.

I will finish the year with a huge pile of words in front of me. Some worth keeping. Some will need to be trashed. So I find myself with three or four novels to edit. Do I take a year off from writing and just edit this work? Perhaps I look back and see that there was nothing worth keeping? I hate the idea of losing the forward momentum I have with my writing. At the same time, I need to polish the coal into diamonds. I can’t just keep churning out novel after novel and not do anything with it. That doesn’t move me closer my goals.

Granted, this too is part of the learning process. And who knows, maybe one day I will churn out novels that need minimal editing. That time isn’t now.

On the far side, once that novel is finished that I have spent roughly a year working on, it could be read in a week or less by someone… Well, I guess that becomes job security if people are constantly in need of new books to read.

Free Fiction – Really

Okay, I’m really posting this story now.

It was up. Then I ripped it back down. (Sections were missing; no idea what happened there.)

And now it is back up. The full version with my edits. Just click over to the Free Fiction section and you will see the story.

I also uploaded an epub version of the file. It’s hosted through box.com and should just let you download it for free, no account required etc. If it works otherwise, let me know. WordPress doesn’t want to upload epub files.

So, I hope you enjoy the story. Let me know what you think!

A Week of Minimums

Last week I was slammed by the day job. Coming home mentally drained doesn’t leave much room left over for writing.

So last week ended up being a week of minimums. I didn’t do much over the goal I set for my word count. It was a bit of a letdown after really nailing that first week of January. On the plus side, I did still manage to meet my goal each day.

I don’t expect this week to be much better. At the same time, goals will be met. There is really no other choice.

-Keep Writing

How to Keep Writing Resolutions

It’s that time of year  where everyone is making resolutions to do this or do that. I’m going to make a resolution to loose weight. Or exercise more. We writers often make the resolution to write more.

How exactly do you define “more”?

Therein lies the problem with the resolution. If you do anything, you’ve done more. Or if you resolution is to write every day, simply writing one sentence could fulfill that requirement.

Then you will look back at the end of the year and wonder what happened to all your writing.

Forget that.

What you need to do is have clearly defined goals. Track them. 100 Words a day? 200? 1667? (Because you want to write twelve novels this year?) Maybe the day job keeps you firmly in place during the week but you can manage a ton of words on the weekend.

Whatever that goal is, set it and track it. LibreOffice has a free version of excel, along with googledocs.

Now that you have your goal and you’re keeping track of it, you’ll find that some days you’re over your goal and some days you’re under it.

Going on vacation for a week? Write extra the week before and the week after. Slammed out an extra 500 words over your goal yesterday? Take it a little easy tomorrow.

Now at the end of the year you can look back and say you made definitive progress.

200 words a day will see you will a novel in your hands at the end of the year.

-Keep Writing.

Vampires and Zombies, Oh My!

In recent years, there have been plenty of vampire stories, going from Lestat to vampires that are far more sparkly in nature.

Then zombie stories emerged. Or shambled rather, onto our bookshelves. Fast zombies, slow zombies, and everything in between.

Now Chuck Wendig over at terribleminds gives us a tasty combination of the two in his novel Double Dead.

Coburn the vampire awakes after an extended nap to find himself extremely hungry and not a tasty human in sight. Instead he finds the streets of New York littered with rotting zombies.

Coburn sets out to find anything to eat that isn’t already dead. When he finds  a young girl Kayla, she begs, pleads, and finally convinces him that they would be better off if he kept them alive to feed his hunger rather than killing them all outright. So Coburn joins Kayla and her friends on their trek across the country to find some measure of safety.

I really enjoyed this book. It was clear that Chuck gave his post apocalyptic world a lot of consideration. Coburn is cocky (as you might expect from a vampire) and it gets him into serious trouble.

Chuck has a way with words and his dialogue is fantastic. He also wraps up the story nicely in the end.

If you like vampires or zombies and want to see what happens when their worlds collide, you should definitely check out this book.

The New Year

The new year has started off well. I’m well ahead of my goal so far and I see no reason to relent.

I plan to get into the habit of at least a weekly post, probably on Monday (hey, look at this!). Then I’m open to adding other posts in the middle of the week.

Of course, part of the problem is what to write about. Time being finite it’s tough some days to figure out what I want to write here in addition to the writing I do every day.

I wrapped up two novels last year. Those need edits now. I also completed a short story at the end of last year. I need to give that another set of edits before I send that off to a magazine.

Later this week, I’ll have a review of Double Dead by Chuck Wendig over at www.terribleminds.com.

-Keep Writing.