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New Book Update: It’s Done!


Drum roll, please…  I finished rewriting my novel on August 15, 2017! Again. If you’re a long-time reader of this blog or have looked at the New Book Updates in the archive, you may recall that I finished a significant rewrite in October 2015, one year and 10 months after I pulled my novel off […]

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New Book Update: Going Deep Tightens My Fiction and Relaxes My Process


I’m shooting for a brief post today because quite frankly, I’m loving what I’m doing with my novel right now and I’m eager to get back to it. In the past two and a half months, I’ve deleted nearly 5,000 words from my novel, Essential Path, significantly improving the story AND making my writing process […]

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Another Way to Prepare for a Writer’s New Year


I’m deep in revising the last chapters of my novel. So deep, I sometimes wonder if it qualifies for being in the weeds. I surfaced a few minutes ago. After stretching, (it’s amazing how stiff my body gets while I’m immersed in the story) I started wondering again what to post here on BaneOfYourResistance this […]

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Writers Who Don’t Track History Are Doomed…


Okay “doomed” might be hyperbole, but ignoring historical tracking data impairs your ability to correct what’s not working and reinforce what does work for you as a writer. Tracking your Product Time not only keeps you on-track this week and this month, it gives you the long view you need to identify patterns and trends […]

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Tricks of Tracking: #1 Track the Right Stuff


How do you measure your writing progress: Word counts? Critical due dates? Action steps taken? I track Product Time, that is, the amount of time I spend doing anything necessary to move a writing project forward. Here’s why. For a week, I’ve been revising and reworking Chapter 61 in my novel. The daily word counts […]

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Big Significant Next Steps Make Writing Harder


Transitions are usually difficult for me. Which is why I’m so surprised that the current transition is – I’m almost afraid to jinx it – easy. Typically, while I’m clipping along in one stage – doing research or drafting, for example – I’ve got momentum working for me. I show up for Product Time and […]

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New Book Update: May the Muses Bless You with Worthy Beta Readers


In “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes” Steven King wrote: “Show your piece to a number of people – ten, let us say.” Fourteen people volunteered to beta read the first 100 pages of my novel. (I asked for feedback on 100 pages, not the entire manuscript, because an […]

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New Book Update: Back Off Author, Characters Need to Do It Themselves


At the Loft Pitch Conference in November, the two agents I pitched to invited me to send pages. (Woo-hoo!) I told the agent who wanted 100 pages that I’d just finished a major rewrite and wanted to polish the first 100 pages before sending them to her. She said “Of course. Take the time you […]

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New Book Update: The Rewrite is Finished!


It is finished! The last chapter of the rewrite of my novel The Essential Path is drafted, tweaked and imported into Scrivener. My target dates did work. I didn’t hit them all exactly as planned, but they kept me in the ballpark. I finished the last chapter today, right on the target date I set. […]

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New Book Update: What’s the Opposite of Writer’s Block?


Hypergraphia is the compulsion to write. While I don’t have a clinical case of hypergraphia, typically caused by brain disorders, my desire to work on my novel rewrite has grown progressively more intense in the past two weeks. This morning, I drafted the two penultimate chapters! I had to push myself to stop drafting today […]

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