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I began this blog a year ago with the best of intentions.  I wanted to talk about the writing process and learning how to write a novel while I was actually doing so.  A learn as I go process.  I was a rank amateur and it showed.  Looking back at some of my posts I am embarrassed by some of the things I said.  In the end I did finish that novel.  In the end I learned a hell of a lot about how to go about writing a novel.


Did I learn everything?  Not by a longshot.


So here I am back again thinking about this blog and what I have learned and what I still have to learn.  To that end I am starting over.  A fresh start.  A new novel and a new cleaned out blog

I am intending this is a blog to be about novel writing form the perspective of a no quite rank armature but defiantly someone just starting out. This will be about the construction and the care of a novel.  My novel and your novel.   We will be building a book from the ground up.  Laying a good foundation.  Setting up a frame work. Putting things together and sometimes taking them apart and then going for the finishing touches.

There are a lot of novelists who think they have some insight into starting to write a novel, I know I’ve read their blogs and watch then stammer through presentations on You Tube.  Some of their advice is good, a lot of it is cryptic.   It is both disheartening and confusing. The situation in book form is not much better. Right behind my desk I have a full bookshelf of books on how to write a novel.  They number about 50.  Some are worn from being read time and again.  One or two look like they have never been touched. There are books by famous authors and people no one has ever heard of.  And with a couple exceptions they all offer the same tired advice that doesn’t seem to apply to my situation and my writing.

It is this lack of direction and advice that brought me to the here and now. And the first step in becoming an author is a little honesty. I’ve always been a reader and a writer and I’ve had a novel brimming to get out of me for some time… At least that is what I tell people. Sure I’ve wanted to write but in an abstract sort of way. For me writing was always a someday thing with the understanding that someday would never actually come.

For whatever reason something in me has changed and changed for the better.  I finished two drafts of a novel, DAGGER OF THE INCUBUS.  It’s a steampunk urban fantasy mash up.   I learned a lot writing it.  And I learned how much I have left to learn.  So I am ready to try again.  I am committing to finishing a novel and have it good enough for publication…and actually work to get it published.  I’m also committed to keeping this blog updated regularly.  It’s a tall order.

What I am inviting you to do is come along on this journey and see what we can learn together. Fire up your word processor and pull up your best novel ideas.


Let’s build a novel.


  1. okay. You’ve inspired me. I reckon I will try this in November and put aside my story writing project just for that month. That will still give me 22 short stories by year’s end

  2. I’m hooked. I think. I have to wait till November.

  3. I don’t know how to write a novel either, I just wrote whatever nonsense came out of my head and tweaked and tweaked until it was readable. I’m saw the NaNo thing and I have to admit it scared the bajeebus out of me. I don’t know if I can live up to that pressure so for you to do it twice…KUDOS!!

  4. Hey there, hope this is okay posting here:

    You’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    ~ JLT

  5. I found you because I followed a link on Layla’s blog and I’m glad I did! We writers need to stick together. Consider me your latest follower.

    • I am amazed at the little follwoing i have collected. its humbling. glad you joined the crew

  6. beatbox32 permalink

    Just came across your blog as I was researching ‘scenes’. Glad to see another writer blogging about the process.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my writing blog — and for liking my piece on the beauty of deadlines!

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