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Free Books

Let us have a chat about free books. Again I wonder if someone offers up a book for free; what the purpose is.

I have a published series, and for me the first in the series is free. My sales haven’t been all that great on the other novels, so it just tells me that the first one needs some more work. Yes, I am gonna get on that…eventually.

I see free books all the time. Some are full length and some are less than novella. When I see the four thousand word novels, I wonder if it is worth the read. Well if I was the one who could write short novels, then of course I would say yes. I want someone to look at my work no matter the time I put into it.

Hmmm just made me think of something else. Anyway, read those short novels because everyone deserves to be read. Good or bad, if it’s free, why not. However, I refuse to pay for a four thousand word book. That in my opinion says the writer is only out to see what they can sell. Greed should never get in the way of art, and yes, what we do is a true form of art.

I read a free novella last week and it started off well. The middle showed great promise, and then it fell off into a five-page one-sided email conversation. Boring! I would have appreciated a bit of dialog in there. Perhaps a phone conversation would have been better. This says nothing about the author but pure laziness.

So, I will get off my soap box now. Take a chance and read the free books. You may find a gem, and you may not. And if you don’t, don’t berate the author about it by leaving nasty reviews.  They worked for the work they have done, and are proud of it even though it may not be that good to you.

Until next time,



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Write Every Day

I know I said I was going to talk about something different this week, but something else struck my brain.  It was like lightning.  Ha! Not really, but another good piece of advice for all who even care.

Write Every Day.

We sit in our novelist capsule wondering when our books will finally take off and make some real money. Well, that, you may wait years to happen. But what do we do in the meantime?

I personally am acquainted with one other novelist, and well, they are not as passionate about their writing as me.

So this week I say, “Write Everyday”. Everyday. Even if it is just a paragraph, write something every day. I have done it for so long that I have to be in a certain “mode” to write every day, but I do write at least 3 times a week at a minimum, and if the story moves even me, the author, I write until I am nearly un-continence. Kinda like I am now. Quarter to three in the morning my time, yet I am still here.

Gotta wonder what moves us to bypass sleep and food to keep our stories going. I will give you one word. Determination. Is that a good word? Have any of you been there? I once wrote seventeen pages in a matter of hours though my body was fighting against me. My noodle would not let go, so I couldn’t sleep until I finished. Once I was finished, I went to bed satisfied, and quite frankly proud of my accomplishment. I went to work the day after that, and when I came home, I continued.

So I will say, and I have heard it many times. Write everyday. I’m like, WTH does that mean? Just as I heard it. Literally, write everyday. Why would we do this?

You would do this for several reasons.

Get to know your own horrible habits. You can only help your editor ahead of time if you tell them what you already know about yourself.

When you write something everyday, it can only spark creativity farther.

Conversations with your friends will also help. Who knows a fantastic story idea will come out of causal conversation. Write it down. It may or may not be a good idea, but if it hit you as you were conversing about it, you never know.

I promise if you asked some of the well known authors out there today what they did to become successful, they will first say persistence, and the next thing they will say is that they never gave up on the stories they believed in. I can bet you that they wrote something everyday, and we all should. I try to, and so should you.

Until something profound strikes me,


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I have talked about several things as far as your novel goes. Now let’s put it all together and call it, storyline.

Your storyline of course is based on your idea that you had when you saw two women talking on the street. Two women, one tall, one short. One large, one small. But really what it boils down to is the real communication you witness between the two of them.

The tall one says that her boyfriend cheats on her. The small one replies with an open mouth gasp, and the story you wanted to tell about these two women suddenly opens up a bit. So already knowing you want to write a story about two friends, this fact opens up new ideas in your head. Storyline. Where do you want these two women to go? How are they connected to each other? Did they meet at work? At a party? Casually on the street? We can meet our closest friends in the most bizarre of places, and you may need to use that in your storyline.

What happens in your story between these two women? Do they click at first meeting? Is there something casual that sparks their conversation? Do they like each other immediately or is it something else that brings them together?

Think about your novel the way we listen to lyrics in a song. Songs tend to tell a story in verses and repetitive chorus. There is always something about your favorite song that makes you want to listen to it over and over. Use that same analogy in your storylines.

Make your readers want to know the end of the song.

Until Next Week,


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Book Endings

First, let me apologize for my absence. Other things got in the way of this blog and everything else, but I am back. Now on to the topic.

Do you have an ending for your book when you start it? A lot of times I don’t. Hence the reason I would guess that some of my books never get finished.

Endings are important. They are the goal, something to look forward too. Once upon a time, I would visualize the ending to my new novel in my head, write the ending, then create the rest of the book based on how I knew it would end. It seems that somewhere in all the years of writing, I moved away from that. I am currently working on something new, and well, to put it mildly, it is something way outside of my comfort zone. But we all have to do that at one point, right? Anyway, I am working on a romance with the underlying tone of crooks. Jewel thieves to be exact. I did my research (as much as my money would allow) and I began. Keep in mind, I had no idea how it is going to end at the point I started it, but it seemed like a good idea.

Almost finished with it now, and well, up until a week ago, I didn’t have my ending. This put a wall slamming halt on the finish. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I had a serious situation on my hands. I looked to my friends.

They gave me some awesome ideas, and well, I am happy to say, my novel has an ending now. Creativity has a lot to do with that. If you can’t see it, you can talk to your friends until you are blue in the face, and still nothing will come to you.

So, book endings.  Work on them first. If you get an idea, think of how you want it to end before you start. You may not have the blockbuster you planned, if you don’t.

Until Next Week,


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