Project Update: My New Sci-Fi Story Now Serial Novelle

I chose independent publishing primarily for the complete creative freedom it afforded me. So hold tight—we’re about to have an adventure! Instead of the standard novel trilogy I’d originally planned, I’ve decided to release my new story as serial novelle. The project formerly known as The Darksider has evolved into Syzygy, a gritty sci-fi saga comprising six projected … More Project Update: My New Sci-Fi Story Now Serial Novelle

How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing

You’ve written the story, revised the draft, and edited the manuscript to near-perfection, all to reach this point: publication. But don’t start decorating that memento box for your rejection slips yet. The digital age has transformed the way people consume fiction, and consequently the way its distributed. Today’s authors now have more choices in distribution … More How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing

How to Write a Novel, Part 7: Revision and Editing

So you completed the first draft of your story. Congratulations—it’s a milestone in the novel-writing process. But your work is far from done. If you think revision means typing “The End” and running spellcheck, think again. Drafting just generates raw material. Through revision, we sculpt that narrative clay into a novel. That’s where creativity and … More How to Write a Novel, Part 7: Revision and Editing

How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

Admit it. You eavesdrop. It’s all right, everyone does. Some anthropologists even assert that humans evolved to gossip, because exchanging information about others informs our social bonds and behavior. In novel-writing, dialogue functions as a critical storytelling tool. But fictional conversations differ from those in real life. They must move the story forward through the … More How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

How to Write a Novel, Part 4: Opening Lines and First Chapters

Years ago, I read a fantasy novel my sister recommended. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the genre, I thought it would be fun for us to follow a series together, so I tackled the dense paperback. The first few pages didn’t grip me. Neither did the first few chapters. “It starts slow, but … More How to Write a Novel, Part 4: Opening Lines and First Chapters

Groundhog Day: Recurring Draft Doubt and How to Beat It

As if insults on a chocolate foil weren’t enough, now cough drops are attempting psychotherapy. Unwrapping a lozenge yesterday, I found the paper printed with aggressive encouragements: “You can do it and you know it!” “Flex your can-do muscle!” “Fire up those engines!” It read like a lemon-and-menthol Jillian Michaels. I laughed because just moments … More Groundhog Day: Recurring Draft Doubt and How to Beat It