Word Count Blues

Since I began planning this series I always thought I would have enough fodder for two books outlining the first adventure. (Second adventure in the third book and third adventure in the fourth book, but I digress.) The third draft of the first work has just come in at 77, 498 words. I thought that after reviewing it a third time that more ideas would come to me for the second part. Alas, that is just what it will be, a second part. I'm 20,000 words in and have already said h

The Beauty is in the Details (or lack thereof)

An important part in our craft of science fiction, science fantasy, and fantasy genres is world building. We are quite obviously writing in either a different time, place, or a different time and place; and we need our readers to understand how they live and why they react in the world they live in. The trap we often fall into, however, is the fateful purple prose. Now, a lot of writers and editors discuss this information dump in the first few pages of the novel, but really

I Write Poorly, but I Revise Well

It seems when writers start out they feel as though they must write the perfect sentence, followed by another perfect sentence, that in turn will lead to a valuable plot point while carefully crafting your book's world along the way. It doesn't work like that. Often your first draft is simply you telling yourself the story. Don't be surprised when you reread it to yourself if you still don't understand everything you were trying to say. Use the parts that are golden and rewri

The Hemingway App

I've been introduced to the Hemingway App this week and it is fantastic. (Thank you Twitter for broadening my horizons.) It has also made me acutely aware of how many adverbs I use to describe a character's tone of voice or action. (Or how aware I am of my adverb usage.) It is easy to get started. A writer goes to the web address www.hemingwayapp.com and pastes their prose in the big white box. Since I'm working on a novel I've only pasted up to three pages of manuscript at a

A few thoughts on post-production

It seems that once a novel is completed people outside of the author automatically expect a publication date. A date a few weeks from completion wherein they can toddle on down to their bookstore (preferably local) and your book will magically appear on shelves with a shiny, eye-catching cover. Here's the thing: authors wish that could happen as well. Here's the issue: first drafts are no where near ready for publication. So what is an author to do once they have written a no