NANOWRIMO an avenue and obstacle to success

I know NANOWRIMO is still a couple of months away, but to really do it is a commitment and that means some of us need to start thinking about it now… Let me say at the outset that I am a NANOWRIMO fan. I like the idea and the organization. Johnson Farm, my first publishedContinue reading “NANOWRIMO an avenue and obstacle to success”

Change and ‘normality’ (one round of many)

A few months ago two really important things happened at the same time: my wife graduated with a doctorate in instructional design and I released Johnson Farm: my first novel, my first nanowrimo win, and a book that I was forced to admit really did need a sequel (and after I promised myself I wouldn’tContinue reading “Change and ‘normality’ (one round of many)”

You have to commit

Honestly the hardest thing I had to deal with during my wife’s family’s family reunion was the owners of the property where we stayed. The husband (who seems to be the one detailed to actually maintain the place) was quite evidently not committed to the operation. He had another business that he was interested inContinue reading “You have to commit”

When it happens it happens…

It’s a short and sweet one today because a lot of things are starting to move very fast on a couple of book projects. On the other hand… I decided to push off the post I’d planned on doing today because some of what’s going on is really exciting (to me at least…). Some daysContinue reading “When it happens it happens…”

Walking Lines

I spent most of this week at my wife’s family’s family reunion. I was also working on starting the first draft of Jamie’s Sacrifice the third book in the Johnson Farm series (I know, I know… I’m working on the series title… (But the start of book three is going really well)). Between these twoContinue reading “Walking Lines”

The written word doesn’t work alone…

Writing is in many ways a solitary process. Ultimately if you want to write something you have to sit down and actually write (if you pay someone else to write it you didn’t entirely write it). The thing is the writing process, and even more so written communication, is seldom actually a solitary process. ItContinue reading “The written word doesn’t work alone…”

The good (and bad) of NANOWRIMO (Part 1)

I know it’s still a long way till November, but since the book I just finished and the novel I’m editing right now are NANOWRIMO wins I might as well start talking about it now… For those who aren’t familiar, NANOWRIMO means National Novel Writing Month. It is an event and an organization that canContinue reading “The good (and bad) of NANOWRIMO (Part 1)”

Understand your rules!

With the completion of Johnson Farm I’m on to edits for the second book of the series Going Home the Hard Way. I’m also engaged in several nonfiction projects including projects of my own and some where I’m providing editorial support. As you might expect this leads to some meta thinking about writing. Rules partContinue reading “Understand your rules!”

Don’t write (all) your obsessions!

One of the first, and best, pieces of advice young writers are given is: ‘write your obsessions’ (you can substitute passions for obsessions if you must). It’s good advice, but it’s a guideline with a dirty little secret. You should write things you are interested in, things you know about, care about, and are willingContinue reading “Don’t write (all) your obsessions!”

When editing turns ugly…

Well, we did it! We got Johnson Farm done. As we speak the proofs for the e-book are on my desk and the physical copies aren’t far behind. It’s a success, but it’s also a point where we have to change our thinking a little as we move to other projects… A few weeks agoContinue reading “When editing turns ugly…”