Making the writing proccess go a little faster.

So, this might be old news, but I’ve stumbled upon a little tip that might speed up the process of developing a final draft, and I’d thought I’d share it just in case other people want to try.

Ok, so we have a finished rough draft and we’re in the process of cleaning it up. We’ve read it several times and all that’s left is the little stuff. What spelling errors are still left, places where dialogue doesn’t sound quite right and stuff like that. Normally, I’d tackle those problems on my own by letting the draft sit for a few more days or weeks while I did something different. But no matter how hard we try, we, as writers, area always going to be the closest ones to our work. We’re going to skip and miss a lot of stuff. It’s just the nature of the process. Now, what I did, to try and maintain a publishing schedule of at least one book every three months is pass it to my wife well before I had a final draft, but around that point where all a writer has to do is to begin adding polish to the manuscript.

And you know what? It worked out really well. I’ve shaved weeks of time off of my writing schedule. All the main story elements are in place in my latest book. It’s just the little stuff and a bigger question of whether one entire scene needed to be cut and replaced with something else. Turns out, that my wife had some brilliant suggestions and I can’t wait for her to finish reading the draft so I can get to work on them. Yea, and that scene did need to be cut. I hate doing that, but it has to be done. That’ll be another post. Our personal writing graveyards.

Normally, no one would see a draft until I personally felt it was ready. But passing it to someone you trust before you reach that point and who understands that you need honest criticisms can save a little time, I think. At least, if you write like me. My roughs are notoriously sloppy as I rarely go back to fix something, instead just letting it sit there.

So, there’s that, if you’re like me and never considered of doing such a thing. Maybe it’ll help if you’re, like me, sort of new at this whole thing. Give it a shot and see if it works, as, once again, regularly publishing seems to be the key in this industry. I’ll let you guys know how it all turns out in the coming months



You know those feels, Bro? Number two

You know those feels? When you’ve been working on a project for literally (not the figurative definition, but the real one) several years and you just well…sort of feel bored by it. I know those feels, bro. And I’m getting bored with Godspeed.

I hope this doesn’t look negatively to any potential readers out there, as I still love the books. I’m just a little bored of the world I’ve created. I think the main reason I’m so bored is I know what’s going to happen to Sharon, all her friends and all her enemies at the end. I still stumble across some unknown things. Such little tidbits are a happy product of my writing style of “Screw the rules, sit down and write.”

Or maybe it’s the fact I’ve been deep in the lore of this world for going on six years now. I dunno. I just really want to start something new. Has this ever happened to any one of you guys out there in the Internet?

Having come to the conclusion that I’m bored. (maybe burned out is a better word) I’ve decided to cut one of the books from the series. I can do just as well with four books, as I don’t really see myself writing a fifth book. And since I’ve decided that, I probably have about 40 or 50K words left on the rough draft of the final book. I’m looking forward to finishing my first series as an indie publisher, and even more excited to publish those books later this year.

But I’m also excited about my next project. I still don’t have a title I’m satisfied with, but it’s an urban fantasy set in modern times about a Necromancer and his goal to obtain the ultimate magic, which is the power of divination. Using that power, he can finally find out how his real parents, powerful spellcasters in their own right, died during a simple house fire. Like I said, I have a tremendous backlog of stories to write, so I need to get started.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Just wondering if anyone else gets bored with their worlds. Maybe it is burn out after all. But I’m going to finish the book by the end of the month and take a few days off. I did 6100 words yesterday, so if I keep that up, I should have plenty of time.


How I Write

I’ve seen this floating around for a few days and figured I’d give it a try. If for no other reason than to give people an idea how one more writer does what he does.

Anyone interested, feel free to tag yourselves and answer the questions! Do leave a link to your post in the comments!

1. What are you writing?

The last book to my Godspeed series. Followed shortly by the beginning of a Y/A Urban Fantasy that I’m real excited for.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

People tell me that there’s a certain honesty to what I write. Maybe genuine is a better word. Compared to other Adventure/Dystopian works, things and events are more believable and vastly more human.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I have no idea, save that I think writing with adult characters is boring.

4. How does your writing process work?

1. I set up my Word 2003 document to exact specifications, including borders, tabs, fonts ect.

2. I put my title in or use a place holder, centered, then double space and make a place for Mental Notes

3. I start writing. No outline. Just an idea, usually about a beginning and where a story could end.

4. If I need to go back to make any changes, I list them under the Mental Notes section. I only go back to change very, very urgent or problematic issues with my story. Otherwise, I finish the first draft before ever going back to edit.

5. Once I’m done, the draft sits while I busy myself with something different for at least a week. After that, I read what I’ve written and go down my check list, adding more mental notes where appropriate. Repeat this process at least three times, depending on overall shape of the draft.

6. After I feel it’s ready, I pass it to my wife, who ensures that the invincible feeling I have at writing another masterpiece is kept in check.

7. Finally, it’s off to a few select others to read. Then, the final clean up and one final read on whatever medium I’m going to publish on. Right now, it’s Kindle.

5. Do you have any artistic pursuits besides writing?

I wish. I’d love to be able to draw like my wife, but artistically speaking, writing is all I’ve got.

6. What literary character is like you?

I have no idea. Thankfully, Google came to the rescue and I took one of those silly quizzes on Facebook. Ended up getting Aslan from the Narnia series of books. Pretty good, but not too accurate. Another quiz gave me Jo March from Little Women. Apparently I’m some type of leader or something.  Since it was fun, I took one more quiz and got Jean Louise Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. I think I’ll go with this one, as I’m still really naive and hopelessly idealistic.

Wait. Finch? MockingBIRD? I just now got that….


In my defense, I know a few people with the last name Finch, so it didn’t strike me.


R.I.P Satoru Iwata

It should come as no surprise that, growing up, I was very into video games. I still am, in fact and it’s something I love sharing with my daughter. So when the news hit me that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had passed away, I was pretty saddened. I mean, he’s only been the president of Nintendo since 2002, but I think he was leading the company down a line that a lot of other companies seem to have abandoned. That video games should be fun.

I mean, this is the guy from E3 2015 who held a bunch of bananas for the camera for no reason and then had a puppet version of himself introduce the new Star Fox game. He’s even been quoted saying that video games should be fun. Maybe that’s why, over the years, I’ve become less and less interested in console video games. It seems realism is a dominating factor in them and there’s only so many dull grey/brown FPS games you can play before you get bored. Most of the games out there don’t interest me in the slightest bit. Maybe it’s because I just don’t consider them fun. Maybe that’s why I’ve moved most of my gaming to the PC, where games like Minecraft can hold my attention for hours, as they are fun. (Yes, I know Minecraft is for consoles too, and I have the PS3 version. But PC Minecraft has mods. And mods rule.)

Of course, I also consider games art as well. You can’t watch a Let’s Play of Shadow of the Colossus without calling it a work of art. And those games are fine. I appreciate them differently, but I still appreciate them. But in the end, I just want to play a fun game that takes my mind off of the worries of the world for an hour or so a day. I don’t want super realistic games all the time, because I live in reality. Just give me something fun. That’s all anyone has to do.

So, rest well, Iwata. I hope your legacy continues and we can bring back the fun in video games.