Category: How To Revise Your Novel

  • Cuss, cuss, swear, swear, @#%^&*Z!!!!

    Cuss, cuss, swear, swear, @#%^&*Z!!!!

    Seriously…  What a week.  Earlier, the kitchen sink started spouting water, so we were doing dishes in the bathroom sink. Then the water heater died. Matt found a plumber, who will be coming out today, but since Monday, I’ve been refreshing my unused-but-never-forgotten camping skills, and have been doing a daily bath using one cup…

  • FINISHED BOOK FIVE OF THE OHIO SERIES!!!

    FINISHED BOOK FIVE OF THE OHIO SERIES!!!

    No, I didn’t plan this. I thought I had another three weeks of writing to hit the end. Yesterday, I was galloping along, and I’d planned to pick up today with the logical continuation of the scene I wrote yesterday, where my characters were in trouble… And when I loped back into the office this…

  • Came up short… but landed well

    Came up short… but landed well

    Today’s scene was fun. I like what I got, I like the twist, I like the humor. I am, however, not feeling well, and at the point were I realized I’ve been circling the drain on the scene without coming up with a “what next”, or anything else that would let me hit today’s planned…

  • A Giggly Scene, A Wicked Secret… and I Love You, Tomorrow

    A Giggly Scene, A Wicked Secret… and I Love You, Tomorrow

    No big secret that these books are set in a decidedly sideways version of the Ohio town in which I live. I love this place, and I’m having a wonderful time building some seriously wacky shit into what is in reality a lovely old town with a great history, and some fine and friendly people.…

  • Yesterdays revelation became today’s surprising scene

    Yesterdays revelation became today’s surprising scene

    I knew yesterday that I left myself in a good place when I wrapped up the words. I didn’t realize how good until I started rolling this morning. My main character had a massive revelation about the crushing mistake she was about to make, and figured out a way to avert disaster on the upcoming…

  • The value of NOT working the weekend becomes clear — 1329 words, and a problem solved out of thin air

    The value of NOT working the weekend becomes clear — 1329 words, and a problem solved out of thin air

    I did not think about the book at all over the weekend. I took this one all the way off. Played games on my Switch — Dungeon Village, Dungeon Village 2 (brand new, and much bigger than the first one, with some really nifty additions), some Animal Crossing (though the ‘homework’ aspect of that particular…

  • Way in the woods and the weeds… and enjoying myself: 1323 words and 57,419 total

    Way in the woods and the weeds… and enjoying myself: 1323 words and 57,419 total

    I am by preference an outliner, not a pantser.  By preference I have a map for the novel I’m writing, and while I make take a small side road on the map rather than the freeway, in general I don’t abandon the damn car and go hiking through the woods and the weeds with nothing…

  • SURPRISED!!! Two characters who went missing reappeared today with a helluva story…

    SURPRISED!!! Two characters who went missing reappeared today with a helluva story…

    I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to write today, and what happened when the words started rolling in came at me from out of left field. The whole writing time was pretty perfect — it answered a question I thought I’d lost track of, allowed me to bring back two folks…

  • A quirky direction that might be a mistake… 1267 words, and 50,690 total

    A quirky direction that might be a mistake… 1267 words, and 50,690 total

    Today the story took what felt like a logical turn, and I let myself run with it. The understanding here, though, is that I’ve brought an edge of science-fiction and fantasy fandom into the fifth novel, and doing this might be a break in the fourth wall that will break the novel. I’m going to…

  • Writer-Related Stuff… The Thursday List, and why it’s on hold.

    Writer-Related Stuff… The Thursday List, and why it’s on hold.

    I was building a really nice writing-tips email list for my writers. Every Thursday, (or mostly every Thursday), I was creating one new writing tip, answering a writer’s question, demonstrating a quick version of some technique I’ve found helpful… And then the HollysWritingClasses.com class software died. Hard. And we spent six months installing new software,…