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...
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...
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...
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 week that I am...
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...

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