Dream to Reality Part 1: Conception

Part 1. CONCEPTION Welcome! This is the first of a five-part series about how my debut novel, The Other Side, came to be. From Conception to Publication. Today’s post is the origin, the beginning, the Conception. Writing and publishing a debut novel was the very first step of my novelist career. I wanted to make…

A. E. Reads: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Book Review]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was published in 2011 by writer and filmmaker Ransom Riggs. The story is about a boy named Jacob Portman who finds out the fantasy stories his grandfather used to tell him were actually reality and the adventure Jacob goes on to find out the truth. Miss Peregrine’s Home for…

NaNoWriMo: Day 1

Day 1 The goal is 2000 words a day. Today I wrote six words. That is not the goal set by the NaNoWriMo team. That word goal is 1,667. I chose 2000 because Stephen King in his book On Writing explained he writes at the minimum 2000 words a day, and won’t end the day…

National Novel Writing Month Prep

Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month? If you haven’t, I’ll tell you. The thirty days of November is a challenge to write 50,000 words in a month, to write a full-length novel in one month. It started in 1999, and while its internet-based, the program includes a lot more than thousands of people…

Get Writing Done: Set Deadlines

Writer’s Digest, a popular American magazine that focuses on writers and writing advice, has a pdf article called “Why A Writer Without a Deadline is Looking for Trouble.” It’s a downloadable link that you can find at the end of this post. Every time I slow down with my writing, procrastinate more and more, start…