TODAY is the last day to enter the writing contest

I mean, I’ve been telling you all month, so . . . get with it. You have a few hours left. Hurry up.

WRITING CONTEST

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PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

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The LAST Day To Enter The Writing Contest IS TOMORROW!!!!

We’ve had a lot of interest, so don’t miss out. It’s definitely going to be our biggest ever!

IF YOU SENT AN INQUIRY AND DID NOT HEAR BACK, SEND IT AGAIN

Stuff happens. My phone doesn’t actually like to send emails all the time. Sometimes, but it’s hit and miss.

Enter today!

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over $400 in prizes

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sponsored by Darkwater Syndicate, a Florida publusher

PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

(maybe; it could happen)

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Top 10 Things I Learned Writing An Entire Novel In One Month

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I’ve been writing my murder mystery this month, starting on July 2nd.

While the month isn’t over yet, I AM going to finish the story before midnight July 31 (or shortly thereafter), so I can tell you what I learned along the way – because I still learned stuff and you’ll want to hear it (and because I needed a break).

Frankly, being this focused for such large chunks of time each day has made me extra aware about the overall quality of the story. The other thing I wonder about is whether I am being cranky and short tempered with people.

The story quality, I can usually check the next day when I read it. (Even if I miss something, my critique partner will catch it.)

The cranky stuff, I just try to pay attention to people’s reactions.

BOTH of those are important.

Here’s what I learned writing a whole book in one month:

But first an ad for my writing contest.


WRITING CONTEST

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What I learned writing a whole book in one month:

  1. It’s exhausting.

When I’m tired, I think I’m writing a story, but I’m just getting the framework down and some details. The next morning I have to look at it. Then I say, wow I need some meat on the bones.

There are several other things I’ve noticed doing this.

2. When you hit a rough patch and you just have to keep going, that’s a personal challenge type of thing. Get the bones down (as I said in #1) and make a note to yourself to look at it the next day. You’ll need to – and that revision time eats into the writing time. Oh, well. It has to be done.

3. As soon as I realized I was substantially more than halfway, it all got a lot easier. (Four or five days ago: I’m struggling. Yesterday: I’m almost done!)

4. I can see all the places where other people give up, and why they don’t finish. I get it now. I’ll be more sympathetic to you, and also more demanding because pushing through is what’s required.

5. I have a stack of notes to myself to go back and look at this and that and make sure it all fits. Work those in during “breaks.” It’s different from real writing.

6. You get tired, so even though you might have this great idea for a scene, you realize you’re gonna spend between three and six hours writing it – and you just decide, no thanks.

You saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, right? When you are tired and you are writing, it becomes where Indiana Jones took out his gun and shot the guy instead of sword fighting him. Do I want two more chapters of another chase scene? No, I’m tired. Time to kill the bad guy.

7. Also: I’m tired.

Other stuff…

8. I think for a lot of people who try to write an entire novel in a month, the quality will suffer.

The words will be there but not the emotion and not the detail and not the drama. I am lucky in that regard because I know to look for those things, but I also have a very sharp critique partner who is also looking at every single chapter every single day after I finish it – and keep in mind, if you are writing a novel in a month, you’re cranking out about a chapter a day if not more.

9. Outline. I had a lot of the broad strokes figured out before I started, and I knew how my story ended. That helped avoid pitfalls because I knew what to write each day.

10. Have a partner for the endeavor. My critique partner has always been invaluable, but even more so for fast feedback and little pep talks here and there. That helps. It’s kind of a team effort.

(There’s a number 11, too, but it’s at the bottom.)

The best advice I can give you?

First, sadly, is probably don’t do it. I’m gonna finish this thing and I may not want to write another a story for six months. That’s not a good trade off.

Also, other things may suffer along the way. I mentioned about worrying about being cranky? My eyes are tired a lot, and my head is, too. That’s not going to transfer well to my family, who are also worthy of parts of my day (and not just I’m gonna disappear for a month, so they’re a factor).

If you’re able to keep all that together, you still potentially suffer from fatigue. Like I said, skipping a scene would be one thing. (The book may not miss one scene.) The book will definitely feel flat if you don’t let it rest and review it, to ensure it has emotion and a great pace.

So maybe the lesson is this:

Write the thing in a month and then stick it away for a month (or three). When you pull it back out, you’ll probably spend another month revising it. I’m not sure that’s a net gain one way or the other, except for the fact that: you will have completed the story.

Since a lot of people start stories and never finish them, that’s a good reason to do it all by itself.

Even if you don’t finish, you’ll be close so you’ll probably continue on and finish the following month. And even if you don’t do that, you’ll see you’re capable of writing a lot more than you think.

I’ll do it again, but not because I force an artificial deadline on myself. I’ll do it because I’m excited about the story. When that’s the case, writing a book in a month (or six weeks) is easy.

That’s number 11: writing a story I enjoy makes every morning Christmas morning. I get up at 4am and can’t wait to start writing. (Getting up earlier is the best thing you can do to have more writing time, and it’s what most of you won’t do.)

THIS AMAZING MURDER MYSTERY WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ANTHOLOGY CALLED MURDER AND MAYHEM.

PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

(and let me know if you do!) 

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This is going to be where my story ends up: a whole new book by ME, in an massive anthology with a bunch of other whole books. Like 25 or more.

PLEASE  preorder this anthology.

It’s called alled Death and Damages and it’s on sale in preorder for $0.99 right now.

My book alone is worth that! This thing is a steal!

Order your copy today and I’ll post periodically about my progress.

Cheer me on! I need the encouragement!

And preorder Death And Damages TODAY!!

Go, Dan, Go! (Part 5)

Featured Image -- 72779How far along am I in my murder mystery story that is  almost due?

Here’s how far.

(as of 3:30pm July 28)

You guys are supposed to be writing a story – a short story or part of a bigger novel, whatever – for the writing contest and anthology.

(A quick ad before I continue.)


WRITING CONTEST

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over $400 in prizes

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sponsored by Darkwater Syndicate, a Florida publusher

PRIZES! FAME! FORTUNE

(maybe; it could happen)

Don’t miss out! Click HERE for details and to enter!

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Your amazing piece of writing could be the one to take the top prize and be published in in our horror anthology called “VOODOO.”

ENTER NOW!


Here’s my progress:

1 2142 July 2, 2018
2 1592 July 2, 2018
3 2233 July 3, 2018
4 2882 July 4, 2018
5 1801 July 5, 2018
6 1922 July 6, 2018
7 1335 July 6, 2018
8 1383 July 7, 2018
9 1539 July 7, 2018
10 1810 July 8, 2018
11 1704 July 11, 2018
12 2632 July 12, 2018
13 2191 July 13, 2018
14 3510 July 15, 2018
15 1341 July 15, 2018
16 428 July 15, 2018
17 1171 July 18, 2018
18 1670 July 19, 2018
19 1055 July 19, 2018
20 1966 July 20, 2018
21 1194 July 21, 2018
22 1193 July 22, 2018
23 2077 July 22, 2018
24 1914 July 23, 2018
25 662 July 23, 2018
26 726 July 23, 2018
27 1571 July 23, 2018
28 4266 July 24, 2018
29 1850 July 25, 2018
30 809 July 26, 2018
31 1882 July 26, 2018
32 1350 July 27, 2018
33 1788 July 27, 2018

THAT’S A WHOPPING 57,589 words written in July for this story (and 61,790 overall in July).

DO I ROCK, OR WHAT?

This story is TOTALLY gonna get written this month.

The goal is to write the whole story in July AND have it be:

(A) a quality story, not just 65k of words (so far so good there, as per my critique partner), and

(B) have it be a real page turner

 

And as of yesterday, I have completed the MAIN story!

In this book, there are two stories that parallel each other, so one just got finished.

Uh oh! If ONE is done and there are TWO, does that mean you’re only halfway???

NO. The story I wrote is the much bigger one; the other one is started and intersplices between the big one. So I’d say I’m about 75% or 80% finished.

But… almost 90% of the month is gone!

Yep. I’m a little behind. It’ll be close.

THIS AMAZING MURDER MYSTERY WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ANTHOLOGY CALLED MURDER AND MAYHEM.

PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY

(and let me know if you do!) 

 

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This is going to be where my story ends up: a whole new book by ME, in an massive anthology with a bunch of other whole books. Like 25 or more.

PLEASE  preorder this anthology.

It’s called alled Death and Damages and it’s on sale in preorder for $0.99 right now.

My book alone is worth that! This thing is a steal!

Order your copy today and I’ll post periodically about my progress.

Cheer me on! I need the encouragement!

And preorder Death And Damages TODAY!!

Attention, COPS and NURSES: HELP!

img_2351-3I have a little murder mystery I’m writing, and I need a little input in a few places.

I’m more than 52,500 words deep in it, but there are things to be corrected before I finish.

For example, NURSE friends,

a detective heads to the emergency room late at night to make sure she doesn’t have a broken ankle. She has to get a few stitches, maybe an x-ray, but…

would you read the scene and tell me what rooms they go to and what’s involved?

POLICE OFFICER friends and detective story enthusiasts:

I have the stuff written, but I need to know things like:

  • How do cops (specifically detectives) refer to their guns? Service weapons? That’s what they say on the news, but if cops internally say something different, your insights would be helpful.
  • Do they carry their guns around inside the station?
  • What type of gun do they typically carry? (Tampa PD website and new stories indicate they used to carry 9mm Glocks and are switching to a 9mm Seg.)

I may have a few other questions for you, so any input is helpful!

If you want to help, please CONTACT ME and send your help in!

THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

The Writer’s Reading Corner: Dan Alatorre #paranormal #thriller #amreading

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Books and Such

Happy Friday!  Seems like it’s been a long week – for me anyway, but the weekend is looming large.  So take a breather, sit back, and let Dan Alatorre tell you about a book he read recently, then fill you in on his most recent novel, a paranormal thriller, An Angel On Her Shoulder.  Knowing that it’s based on actual events gets me all tingly inside!

A book I read recently that I really enjoyed was Lucy Brazier’s Sinister Dexter, part of her PorterGirl series. Lucy has a terrific, lighthearted storytelling style, and this is the third book in the series but it stands on its own very well. It has murder, mystery, intrigue, and a lot of laughs as Deputy Head Porter (they call each other by title there, not by name) goes about solving another case at prestigious Old College.

I was fortunate enough to speak with…

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