A new story platform

Amazon has a new platform in beta-testing called Vella. It is a throwback to the way Charles Dickens and others used to write, publishing each chapter of a book in a newspaper in serial format. Throw in a social media layer—readers can “favorite” stories, which earns the writer extra income—and you have the platform in…… Continue reading A new story platform

Plot development in Scrivener

Scrivener is a writing environment with extensive flexibility. One of its chief advantages to writers is that it allows you to divide a story or book into its constituent pieces (chapters and scenes), work on them independently, shift them around, and compile the finished product as a seamless manuscript.. This makes it ideal for those…… Continue reading Plot development in Scrivener

Free “Crime Writer’s Week”

ProWritingAid is hosting a week-long virtual event for those of us who write crime and thriller novels. Eleven events are scheduled from Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22, with three additional events on Friday for those who subscribe to ProWritingAid. Free events include advice from writers, editors and publishers on plotting, editing, getting published,…… Continue reading Free “Crime Writer’s Week”

Almost finished

I’m close to completing the final draft of my next novel. I’m just weeding out a few echoes. For those who don’t understand what that means, I’m weeding out echoes to remove any echoes.

A book is never finished

” “A book is never finished; it’s abandoned.” ― Gene Fowler I post this because I just realized I began writing my current novel sixteen months ago. I’m still making changes, but I hope to send it off to an editor for evaluation by the end of this month.