Editing

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I become angry with my editors after they finish giving remarks on my work because my novels are my babies that I have born into the world and raised up to be special and loved by everyone.

When someone tells me that my child has a problem, is at fault, is lacking, obnoxious, arrogant, poorly dressed or boring I become resentful and want to fight their accusers…even though they are right(most of the time).

 

 

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“The Valley” is complete

The first draft of my current work-in-progress, “The Valley,” was completed today. It is a story of a rogue group of 12 soldiers and one army chaplain who begin fighting proxy wars against the establishment who create wars: politicians, bankers, and corporate owners profiting from war.

Hopefully, it will be ready for publication by the end of 2018. Below is a video of the madness that was my life for the past 11 months.

Pomodoro Timers for Writers

If you are a writer and you struggle with actually sitting down and putting words on paper, a Pomodoro timer might do the trick.

Pomodoro timers, for those who don’t know, are basically phone apps that will run for a set amount of time and then go “ding” when the time is up. It will then give you a short rest period and go “ding” again when the break period is over.

Pomodoro timers typically run for 25 minutes and then you have a 5 minute respite period. So, for writers, you can write for 25 minutes. Go balls out if you want. And then you get a 5-minute pee, drink break or whatever you want to do for 5 minutes and then it’s back at it for more 25-on, 5-off periods if you so desire.

I feel that most writers struggle to get into working at certain points in time. And if you have a Pomodoro timer¬†you can tell yourself, “I’ll write for 25 minutes,” and then after you get into it, you will probably write for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half simply because you started by thinking you were only going to write a short time and then you got into a groove.

It’s a trick, but it works for me when I don’t really have the drive to write sometimes.