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    In the Beginning — Constructing the First Pages

    So right now I’m at the beginning of this new book. 🙂 That’s me smiling because I’m loving who my main character is becoming. But this writing got me to thinking. These are the critical pages, dude (Hey, I’m seriously Californian, Southern Cal that is–yeah, I say dude.)…. These pages are where it’s all starting to happen. I’m painting her weaknesses, strengths–the initial world. You see characters have to arc. Let me repeat that. Characters have to ARC. That is, start out being one way and grow to be another. And it’s the acting and reacting to the things in her world that are throwing obstacles at her, which creates…

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    Quenched (Parched, book 3) Out! Released! Finito!

    Finally, book 3 of the Parched series has been released! It’s my responsibility to post it here! 🙂 I have to say,  I really want to move on… write book 4 and 5. And finally, last but CERTAINLY not least… Thank you to all the readers of the Parched series! I don’t know how to put my appreciation in simple words, because it’s not simple at all. We as writers only hope  you read the stories that unfold in that part of the brain our stories form in.  Every time we release a book we HOPE you will CONSUME it… Ingest it. Live in the world. Feel it. You know???…

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    Write While Understanding This…

    You WILL have to go back to page one, word one, and rewrite. I’m happy that I’ve finally begun to train myself to write with this mindset. After this rewrite can I only claim to have a solid first draft. But this rewrite is intense. I’m correcting awkward sentences, checking my idioms and proofing as much as possible (usually while editing we’re more apt to create more proofing errors, like this lovely one for instance “a the…,” which occurs when we delete a few words but forget to delete the “a”).  However, most importantly I’m tightening my plot, which is lot easier because I’ve already gotten past my major plot…

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    Slow Down to Smell the Plot…

    At this very moment, it’s two minutes before 3:00AM. And I promise you people, I had a plan. See, I keep this Excel file and one of the tabs I titled, “Progress Report” and up until now, I was knocking out 3K + words a day! 4K+ on one day. What was so fantastic about it was that I usually knock out that many words per day after being about 30K words in. But you know what? Since the beginning, my six sense of writing was trying to warn me, that I was moving too fast. Because stories weave into reality long after you stop typing for the day. And,…

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    Thousands of Words Cut in 2 days!

    I’m so bummed because yesterday, after writing all day, I only got 1,307 words in, after deleting double that amount. And to injury upon injury, five minutes ago, I had to cut a thousand words from todays writing!!!! There’s an upside to deleting large portions of what’s already written, which is, “at least you know.” At least I know that much more about the world and characters even if I didn’t keep any of it. At least I know what direction I’m NOT taking the story in. And… At least readers will not be bored reading a bunch of words that do nothing but confuse them because I got lost…