Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Quotes of the week

When all else fails write what your heart tells you.
—Mark Twain

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
—Doris Lessing

My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
—Andy Rooney

Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
—James Baldwin

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
—Jimmy Stewart

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

I write only when inspirations strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
—W. Somerset Maugham

We who tell stories should be modest about the job, and not assume that because the reader is interested in the story, they’re interested in who’s telling it. A storyteller should be invisible, as far as I’m concerned.
—Philip Pullman

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Length

One question I hear a lot is "How Long is a novel?"

My answer is always, "The story should be as long as it needs to be to serve the Story."

That being said, here is a handy table.

Monday, July 6, 2020

New Audio Book! The Once Damned

Everything Ends… 

“Please don’t go.” She leaned her forehead on the nape of his neck. It was the most intimate moment he had ever experienced. His whole life had been violence and pain and death.

This hurt more than all of it.

“I must go. It is my final task. Live or die. The High Vestal must know the truth. I cannot do otherwise. I am finished hiding from the Queen. I am finished hiding from the truth, only to discover death hides from me.”

“They will try to stop you.”

“They will try."

--The novella is $.99 in Kindle and $4.80 for the Audio Edition (101 minutes!)