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Ramblings from the Starting Line

Ramblings from the Starting Line

It's 4:00 AM here on a cold November morning in Pittsburgh. Today is Saturday, just a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, and when my daughter gets up, we're going to go get a new battery for her iPhone. When we get back, we're going to put up the Christmas tree....

When is your book outline good enough?

When is your book outline good enough?

As I continue to work on my debut novel, I likewise continue to learn as I go. I've been following a mix of McKee and Egri in my story-building process. First, I've identified a main plot, and three subplots. Then, I gave each a color, as you can see in the picture. I...

Too Old to Begin Writing?

Too Old to Begin Writing?

The short answer: I hope not. The long version: I'll be 48 years old in 10 days. I'm pushing 50, man. Not only that, but I have a great job in software engineering. My wife and I live comfortably, I've got two teenagers who I'm trying to guide along, I've got hobbies,...

Plot Points with Scrivener

Plot Points with Scrivener

I'm a huge Scrivener fan. Scrivener is not just a great place to arrange your scenes and do your writing; it is a story engineering power tool (Hey L&L, I'm patiently waiting for 3.0 for Windows!) So you'll recall from last...

Step By Step

Step By Step

I'm deep into the step outline of my WIP. Now that I finally decided on the premise for the book, things are moving along. The process is going like this: Identify key scenes where the premise moves closer to, or farther away from being proven.This goes for subplots...

Website and Email List Done. Now What?

Before I go any further, it's only fair to acknowledge that getting the site and email list up and running is/was a huge accomplishment. They've been sitting on top of my to-do pile for a long time, and to be honest, I was avoiding them like the plague. You have to...

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