The Jane Doe Novel Experiment

Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.

Why Write a “Good” Antagonist

  I often get the compliment, “You’re very non-judgemental.” And I joke, “I have to be non-judgemental. I’m a writer. I have to supply opinions for dozens of characters yearly.” … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Use Your Blurb to Set Readers’ Expectations

  My friend and the movie, “The Vow”, helped me realize something: it is possible that a reader may not like a book because the blurb set the wrong expectations. … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

3 Questions to NEVER Ask Yourself Before You Start Writing

There’s something to be said about the old advice to, “Calculate the costs”, but sometimes if you look before you leap, you’ll be paralyzed with fear. The below are 3 … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 7 Comments

The Importance of Foreshadowing

Your reader didn’t see that ending coming and that’s BAD. The Lesson – Foreshadowing A crucial element for Act 1 of your novel is foreshadowing – setting up your story, … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Where Are We? What Must Happen in the 1st 10 pgs – Pt 3

The Lesson – Physical You wake up in an unknown area. Among the first things you will  most likely try to figure out is where you are. It’s the same with … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

What Must Happen In the 1st 10 Pages – Pt. 2 Who’s In This?

This is a given. (Isn’t it?) But don’t worry, this is a  little deeper than the obvious. The Lesson: Your reader needs a character to follow by page 10. But … Continue reading

July 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

What Must Happen In the 1st 10 Pages – Pt. 1

I’ve started to believe that all novels would be better if written like a screenplay, but with more words. Screenwriters, we have a formula, measured beats, things that must happen, … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Writing My Blurb – Step by Step

I was told that I make writing a blurb sound easy. It is! What’s not easy is letting go of the pressure that comes with it. “The blurb sells your … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Give Me the Skinny: How to Write a Blurb

If you stopped breathing out of panic, or gritted your teeth in frustration, relax. I’m not going to tell you what you already know: what a book blurb is and what it is suppose to … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 8 Comments

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6th Release Date!August 6th, 2012
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