Maintaining Focus on Long-Term Goals

Writing a novel takes a long time. Although NaNoWriMo has proven to me – and many others – that 30 days is more than enough time to write 50,000 words, this is only the very beginning of the journey on the road to a finished novel.

For one thing, most novels are at least 70,000 words.

For another thing, this first rush of writing only produces the first draft. Sometimes the first draft is shitty, and sometimes it is very shitty – plot holes, meandering story lines, amorphous settings, flat characters, and stilted prose – the list can… Continue reading

Straight Roads, Curves, and Detours

I’m a new author on Mostly Mystery and I thank all of my fellow writers for giving me this great opportunity.

My journey as a writer has been a series of detours rather than a straight path. Currently, a small press is interested in the first of my series of amateur sleuth mysteries called Three May Keep a Secret. My main character, Grace Kimball, is a retired teacher living in the small town of Endurance, Illinois, who finds herself in the middle of a murder. Well, make that several murders.

But did I take a clear, straight path… Continue reading