Category Archives: Writing

Plans for NaNoWriMo

pickle_ebook_finalI’ll be working on the second volume in The Pickle Jar Chronicles during NaNoWriMo. If I get done with it before the month is out, I’ll start on something else. My goal is to keep writing every day, without fail, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. I have lots stories in my head, but if I don’t write, they don’t get out.

I’m following a modified version of Heinlein’s Rules of writing:

  1. You must write. I’m a technical writer, so I write every day. By the time I get home from work, though, I’m tired of it. But I need to get over it and write for at least a little while every day. This does not include writing Facebook posts or blog articles.
  2. You must finish what you write. I’m very good at starting something and not finishing it. That will change.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order. Because I self-publish with Comfortable Shoes Press, this means that I will make it as good as I am able, and then pass it to an editor and to beta readers, who can make suggestions that I can either keep or reject.
  4. You must put it in the market. Done. The Pickle Jar Chronicles is on Amazon now
  5. You must keep it on the market until it has sold. I’m not selling this book to a publishing house, so the “until it has sold” part doesn’t apply. However, The Pickle Jar Chronicles and anything else I publish will stay on the market for as long as possible.