I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

What planning tools do you use to keep your writing on track?

What tools do I use to keep my writing on track? For me, it’s an outline.

My outline doesn’t resemble a table of contents and doesn’t have numbers and indents and other things associated with outlines, rather it’s more like a detailed synopsis. One paragraph per chapter and that paragraph is just long enough to include everything about that chapter that’s important. So in a novel of twenty chapters, I end up with twenty short paragraphs. A couple of pages at the most.

That ‘outline’ does two things for me:

  1. It keeps me heading in the direction I’ve decided the story should go. If I decide to include extra stuff while writing, it’s easy to look through the outlines to see if the ‘extra’ works with the book as a whole. That saves a lot of rewriting, which I seldom do because I’ve learned to write right the first time in order to eliminate rewriting. It took a long time to reach that point but I’m glad I did. (Issac Asimov did the same, having cut his writing teeth on pulp fiction that paid so little that he said if he’d had to rewrite, he’d never have made enough to pay the bills. Then he got famous and his life changed but he still never rewrote.)
  2. It keeps the word count right because I make sure each chapter includes approximately the same number of words, which I long ago figured based on how I write. For me, a chapter just normally has somewhere between 1500 and 2000 words and that happens whether I’m consciously watching the word count or not. It’s just how I write so I might as well use that fact about me to keep my word count correct, which I’ve always needed, since I’ve almost always written commercial fiction with specific word counts.

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