Planning Versus Doing

Every writer I know has, at one time or another, had the following conversation with themselves:  "If I write X-number-of-words for X-number-of-days, then by this date I'll have the first draft of my novel finished!"  The theory looks something like this: if you spend 30 days planning and 60 days writing, at 2000 words a…

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The Anatomy of a Novel

This past August, I trashed the novel known up till that point as TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, the sequel to A GATHERING OF RAVENS.  I took two years' worth of notes, character sketches, research, and preliminary writing, put it in a file labeled "TotG -- Attempt A", moved it aside, and opened a new Word…

Wednesday Snippet

Here's a peek from the opening chapters of Twilight of the Gods (Grimnir #2): Silence returned. The dull echo of thunder rolled down from the north. Úlfrún exhaled, then, her breath coming in ragged gasps. She staggered over to Heimdul’s body and grasped the butt of her axe with her good hand. Úlfrún worked it…