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Writing WIPs

With the newly revised edition of Dru Faust out int he world, and my current Patreon story finishing this week, you may be wondering what I'm working on now. One thing that I've been working on this year is increasing the lead tiem on my books--that is, the time between when I finish drafting and… Continue reading Writing WIPs

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Questions

One thing indie authors frequently have to do is create multiple revenue streams. One thing I've been toying with is a Patreon or other subscriber based platform. I had had one for a while but it was an epic failure for many reasons, not the least of which being that I had no idea what… Continue reading Questions

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The Last Ghost of Charleston

I promise, this is my last post about the trip. 🙂 Aside from tours, we also spent a lot of time writing (well...it was a writing workshop.) The following is a free writing exercise based on one of our prompts--to imagine ourselves as a ghost. Thus, the following creepy little narrative was born. Enjoy! I… Continue reading The Last Ghost of Charleston

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Resources for New Authors

Since I've been asked many times, a few links to my favorite writing resources on the web, the places I keep coming back to. Most of these are geared more toward people who have a finished manuscript and are preparing to submit it to agents or contests. I feel like I can't really tell you… Continue reading Resources for New Authors

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7 Tips for Beginner Writers

Write the stories you want to read. Don't worry about what others will--or might--think. Read everything Fiction, nonfiction, books outside your genre--read it all. Learn to read critically The best way to learn how to be a better writer is to examine how the authors you love write. How do they show emotion? How do… Continue reading 7 Tips for Beginner Writers

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NaNo Better Late than Never?

I decided to forego my annual training camp this year since it was getting a bit redundant, and now I'm kind of regretting it. I realized last week that the outline I wrote out two years ago was nowhere to be found. I remember handwriting at least two different copies and typing one of them, but… Continue reading NaNo Better Late than Never?

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Location, Location, Location

Saturday I went on a bit of a mini research trip. If you follow my Instagram (@knotmagick) you might have seen some of the videos pop up in my stories. I drove down to Chillicothe to look at some local papers to research for a novel. I've actually got the bulk of the manuscript written… Continue reading Location, Location, Location

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What I’m Watching: All For One

When it comes to my writing, I'm a bit like a method actor. I have to stay in the head space of the book the entire time I write it, and that means reading and watching a lot of things connected to it, whether it's a nonfiction book I'm reading for research, a period novel… Continue reading What I’m Watching: All For One

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The Writing Process Bonus Edition: Submission Packages

Lately on Twitter I've been seeing a lot of discussion about the writing process, how people go about the actual labor of constructing the book, and how authors revise, edit, and prep their book for submission or self publication. I know I do things a little differently from a lot of other writers, so I… Continue reading The Writing Process Bonus Edition: Submission Packages

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The Writing Process, part IV: Editing

Lately on Twitter I've been seeing a lot of discussion about the writing process, how people go about the actual labor of constructing the book, and how authors revise, edit, and prep their book for submission or self publication. I know I do things a little differently from a lot of other writers, so I… Continue reading The Writing Process, part IV: Editing