Hello! Long time no blog.
I’ve received feedback from nearly all of The Mousetrap Killer beta-readers. All of the responses so far have been extremely helpful, but best of all, no one has suggested any major structural rewrites. I need some paint and spackle rather than a sledgehammer and new plywood.
Continue reading “OMG it’s [REDACTED]!!!!”
The Mousetrap Killer has been with its beta readers for two-point-five weeks. That is the longest I’ve gone without working on it since I typed the first words nearly one year ago. It’ll be good to get away from the book for a while—I’ll be able to take the feedback from the betas with a fresh mind after a bit of time off. Continue reading “Keeping Busy”
The Mousetrap Killer is officially in the hands (or on the screens) of beta readers. My baby is out in the world. This marks the first time the book will be in front of eyes that are not set inside my skull. I am equal parts nervous and anxious to receive feedback. It will help make the book the best it can be, and I’m prepared to handle criticism—I just hope they like the overall story.
Continue reading “Other Eyes”
Hello. Long time, no blog. It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted an update. October is always a busy month—our wedding anniversary, daughter’s birthday, and family member birthdays fill the calendar. Then I blinked and Thanksgiving passed.
Continue reading “A Funny Thing Happened”
Call me a Plotter. I like to plan my writing. Not an etched-in-stone master copy. That’s not what I mean. Some writers work well that way, and more power to them. I like to think of my planning/outlining as a roadmap for driving from New York to L.A.
Continue reading “Destination”
Last week, I set a goal to edit 10 chapters, which would put me at the midway point in my manuscript. I knew this would require an extraordinary effort. I woke up early every morning. I stayed up later than usual every night (minus one). And guess what—I reached that goal! Pardon me while I celebrate.
Continue reading “Goal Update”
Short post today. After work travel last week—and catching up from work travel this week—I don’t have much of a progress update.
Continue reading “Squeeze the Clock”
It’s a safe bet your favorite books, TV shows, and movies all have characters that you love—or love to hate. The storylines might be thrilling, poignant, or funny, but a great story usually fails without characters to root for. Or to loathe.
Continue reading “Character”
Where do your favorite books take place? A manor in Victorian England? The gritty back alleys of 1920’s New York City? A futuristic bus stop bathroom in Delaware?
Continue reading “Story Setting”
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Continue reading “Structure”