Planning and Abiding by the Rules of the Catranch

This time around, I'm spending more time planning out the story structure before writing. Spending time planning feels like procrastination but it's necessary. My grasp on the balance of writing versus planning is tenuous at best. So far what I've done is write until I get to a point where I don't know what to do, then plan, and vice versa. That rhythm between writing and planning seems to keep me moving.

Back to the Drawing Board

The most important lesson that I learned from writing Selected was that it is an absolutely terrifying experience to tell everyone you know that you wrote a book and they should read it. The only way to make it through is to be confident that the story is good and that you did the best work you could do at the time. Everything else could go wrong, a couple of words misspelled, commas in the wrong place, formatting doesn't look great, cover isn't perfect, none of that stuff really matters and it can all be fixed. 

The Attack by Jack Arbor

Throughout the book, Jack Arbor does a great job of pacing by mixing up the action scenes with investigative scenes. The descriptions of remote mountain villages and crowded cities drew me into the story and made me feel like I was standing right next to Max. As the book moves along, you learn more about Max's past and the team he has assembled to help him take out the group that killed his family.

The Things They Carried and Kombucha

This time around, The Things They Carried hit me like a ton of bricks. The book describes how events that happen during war shape the lives of soldiers long after the war is over. I'll leave it at that for now, I don't have my head wrapped around it all yet. If you haven't read the book, it's definitely worth the time.

Books, Chickens, Salmon Tacos, and SoCal Sunshine

This week I self-published my book Selected on Amazon.  Currently, it’s only available as an eBook, the paperback version should be available in the next month or so.

You can find the eBook on Amazon here.

If you already picked up a copy, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it.  Please leave a rating and review on Amazon, it helps other readers who might be interested in the book find it on Amazon.

Struggling Through Point of View

By the grace of a higher power I made it through the majority of my first novel without making too many point of view errors. While fixing the errors in my first book, I realized that I am going down a very bad path with my new book. The Sandra Gerth book on Point of View came to me at a good time. My takeaway is: stay in the game and do the work, the knowledge will come.

How I Started Writing - Part 2 of 3

Towards the end of this period in life, I tried to write fiction a couple of times.  It went nowhere, I had no idea what I was doing and felt defeated.  I don’t generally pick up new things easily, I need some hand holding and a framework to get started.  The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne was exactly what I needed.