Question: When you are planning a novel of 50k to 100k words, how long is your first draft?

Answer: I don't write long novels, so my answer can only speak to the length of the first draft of a 50k novel. My first draft is usually about the same length as my finished novel but I tend to rush through the first draft, so the first draft of a novel of 50k would …

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Question: How do writers keep their day to day writing consistent over time?

How do I keep my writing consistent over time? I use three helps and, yes, it’s important to keep my story consistent! The first help is using an outline — in my case a synopsis that serves the same purpose as an outline — because that keeps the story on track. The second help is …

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Question: What is the process for coming up with a fictional story?

How do I come up with story ideas? Like many writers, my imagination works overtime and, the longer I write the more ideas pop into my head, so I’m never at a loss for ideas. But not all ideas will work for me. I’ve learned over the years that I’m pretty good at writing some …

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The In-Between Book-Selling Season

It's autumn. One of my favorite seasons. (After winter, but it's close!) Colored leaves, wonderful weather, memories of the recent summer piled on top of more memories of that great summer. All in all, autumn is a wonderful time of year. Except when I'm marketing novels because I never know which books to emphasize. Summer …

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