A Writer’s Best Dream

It's okay to have your head in the clouds at times.

It’s okay to have your head in the clouds at times.

An Edgar Award. A movie deal. A six-figure book advance. The number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. An international following and your name coming up in conversation in thousands of households. These consist of a writer’s best dream. And unfortunately, these dreams can hurt you, hold you back, or otherwise destroy you.

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The Life Of A Homicide Detective

I’m working on revisions this evening and I realized that I needed to work on developing my main character, Detective Steve Donovan. I believe, he’s an interesting character but I want him to be borderline fascinating. So I did some research and came across an intriguing article about a homicide detective for the Los Angeles Police Department. I just had to write about it.
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A Six-Step Approach to Revising A Novel

As discussed in an earlier post, I have a lot of work to do before my novel is as good as I want it to be. Therefore, I’ve come up with a comprehensive revisions plan to help me stay on track and focus on specific areas of my manuscript that need work. Additionally, I’ve researched several books that might prove useful during these revisions. This plan will possibly be as helpful to me as it is to anyone else who has finished a novel and isn’t sure what to do next. My plan is formatted checklist style which will make it easier for you to understand.
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Will Your Book Teach Readers Something?

You're never alone when you're reading.

You’re never alone when you’re reading.

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”–Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Most people know that one of the greatest pleasures of reading is escaping into another world for weeks or months at a time. You can put yourself in the character’s shoes, fight the conflicts he or she fights, change and evolve over time, and emerge as a victorious hero. Soaking in a story from beginning to end produces a special kind of enjoyment that you might not get from any other form of entertainment. But another great thing about reading is that many books tend to teach you something you’ll never forget. Something you’ll remember and hold onto that makes you want to keep reading more books. It might be a lesson, something you can relate to, or something you can apply to your life. Books that teach me something are the ones I enjoy the most.
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High Expectations Produce Lackluster Outcome

After finishing the rewrite for my first novel, one thing bothered me more than anything. The story on the pages aren’t anything like the story in my head. I spent weeks creating a new story idea, a compelling theme, interesting back stories for my characters, and what I thought was a fascinating sequence of events that would leave me–and hopefully other readers–gasping for more. After spending the last few days reading the manuscript, Fatal Lessons is not anywhere near complete. Not remotely.
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Free-Writing For Relaxation

It’s been awhile since I’ve done some free-writing. The purpose of this evening’s free-writing session is relaxation. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been waking up earlier than usual because I’ve been especially motivated to finish the rewrite of Fatal Lessons. Now I’m happy to say I’m down to my final two chapters, not including the Epilogue and Prologue that I haven’t written yet.
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Wise Words For Writers: Stephen King On Ideas

“Working on a new idea is kind of like getting married. Then a new idea comes along and you think, ‘Man, I’d really like to go out with her.’ But you can’t. At least not until the old idea is finished–Stephen King

As a writer, few things are more valuable to you than the idea. Story ideas literally come from everywhere; you might get the idea for a gritty crime story after reading the newspaper in the morning. A story idea might wake you from a vivid dream in the middle of the night. You draw ideas from conversations, media, and literature. Sometimes the best ideas seem to come from nowhere. As a writer, you know how important it is to act on ideas quickly before they’re lost and forever forgotten.
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