What I Learned Finishing My First Novel Rewrite
The rough draft of my novel took just five months. The first rewrite took over a year. I learned a few things in the process.
The Grand Guignol
I tried to write a horror story with nothing supernatural, and I wanted to research a period piece, so I wrote about 1920s Paris and the Grand Guignol. Don’t know what that was? Read the story.
Now that I'm firmly in my forties, I've decided to start getting more tattoos after twenty years. I pretend it’s not a mid-life crisis as much as finally knowing what I want to say.
That Magic Moment (That’s Surrounded by Work)
There is a magical moment, one that happens at least once per finished piece of writing, when I know that something needs to be written, and why. It takes work to get there, but it’s the most important moment in my writing process.
Music for Writing
I’m taking a break from writing to talk about writing… specifically, how music makes everything better.
Death at Hell House
A short story for Halloween with a little bit of hell house nostalgia and a lot of Southern Gothic and Tales From the Crypt influences.
Little Tommy’s Slumber Party
Another Tommy and his pet dragon story that was motivated by my wonderful son’s struggle with bedtime.
Dreamer - A Short Story
I wrote a short story about a struggling novelist and nightmares.
The One About Headphones
I’m taking a break from my novel to talk about something I care deeply about: headphones and adding a soundtrack to writing.
This morning I finally started the official rewrite of my first novel, and it went about as well as you would expect.