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I don’t really believe in the genres of ‘Literary Fiction’ and ‘Genre Fiction’. By many accounts, the term literary applies more to quality than subject, and everything can be a genre. But it is hard to deny that there is an implicit understanding in what these terms can mean. Many of these opinions can come […]

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Most advice you see or hear on the topic will be along the same lines. There are no new stories. Clich├ęs are a powerful tool. Use them, but don’t overuse them. I can get on board with many of these statements in general terms but something kind of bugs me about all of them. They […]

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I started this series by talking about the importance of Pre-Production. In my last post, I focused on the meat of the writing process, Production. This week, I will be explaining how to finish strong. But I’d also like to ask what other indie authors think is vital after finishing a novel. Post-Production This is […]

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In my last post, I talked about the importance of Pre-Production to the writing process. This week, I’d like to shift gears into what most people think about when they imagine themselves writing. This is butt-in-seat, words-on-page time. It can be exhilarating, it can be daunting, and it can certainly be frustrating. I’ve found that […]

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In my opening blog post, I offhandedly mentioned that I had completed my first novel. What I really meant was that my draft and editing passes were finished. While the result is, in my mind, a great novel, I consider the project to now be in the post-production phase. This means cover work, copy-editing, and […]

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If you consider longstanding series of sci-fi and fantasy worlds then this point is obvious. True fans love to dig into little details that many others miss or don’t care about. This ability to look closer, to find something that others miss, is a vital component in creating a believable world. In real life, motivations […]

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This isn’t really the beginning. You don’t just get in front of the microphone without knowing what you’re going to say. I’ve been working at this for a while already. To skip the all too familiar story, I’ve probably spent longer on my novel than I should have. I could’ve clocked longer days, worked weekends, […]

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