Three Essential Writing Techniques from Stoker’s Dracula and the Epistolary Narrative

I’ve been working on this article since June and am happy to finally share it with my fellow writers and Stoker fans. I was really inspired after reading it.

Read the article here.

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Editing My First Draft: Writing Exposition

The system I have in place has been going quite well. Here’s a preview of the editing key I created on Instagram.

It took me a couple of hours just to edit six pages…out of 470ish? Haha. It’s great fun, actually. After stressing over the ending and coming back to the beginning, the ending looks clearer and easier to manage. For now, I’m at the beginning, relearning how to write exposition well. I found a great video for that actually.

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This is the same channel I recommended on my Magic Systems post. I’m definitely going to be sharing more resources in the future. I’m hunting for them constantly and get excited when they have damn good advice. Hope this helps anyone who needs it. Speaking of which, here are two of the books I’m currently studying right now, just to get the basics down and start thinking outside the box. Click on the pictures to check them out.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft 9th ed. by Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French – Great for learning the basics of fiction and storytelling and good for review. I’m pretty sure I got this book in college.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot by Jane K. Cleland – I bought this a couple years ago. More than anything, this book reminds you to keep your audience in mind and helps you keep your writing fresh and inventive.

Hope that helps anyone who needs it. I’m grateful to have them…obviously

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A Horror Short Story is Coming

I was hesitant at first, but I finally have mapped out the plot for my first horror short story that takes place in the world of my novel series. I thought maybe it would’ve been wiser to pick a story that’s more basic, but I think this will be a great way to start world building.

Once I think of a good summary, I shall post it.

First Draft Deadline Extended to June 21st and Publishing Short Horror Stories

After a restful day, I’ve decided I’ll have my first draft finished by the summer solstice. I think that works out. Litha would be a wonderful way to celebrate my accomplishment.

Once the first draft is complete, I need to brush up on my editing, so I thought writing up a few short horror stories, editing them, and publishing them somewhere (probably Kindle Direct Publishing) would be a good way to review Editing Fiction 101. My editing will get sharper and I’ll be able to polish SS: Initiation with confidence.

I also plan on releasing more music. I know I’ve said that repeatedly, but I truly am ready to make this happen. I’m just the type of person that needs to work on one project at a time and make sure I hit certain milestones before moving on to the next one. I used to be quite the multitasker, but keeping it simple is much more fulfilling for me.

Did you know this first novel draft is almost 400 pages on Microsoft Word (double spaced, 12pt. font) ? I’m pretty proud of that lol.

More updates later. I’m going to enjoy the weekend.

First Draft Progress – Three Days Until Deadline (or should I just extend it?)

Grr! Well I gave myself a deadline to increase the pressure and complete this first draft. I am actually really close to the end…I just can’t write fast enough. But that’s okay. I was a bit worried that if I got into the habit of putting off my own deadline, I would inevitably just never have it done. I know I’m not procrastinating with this project. I’m so close. My mind just won’t work fast enough, even when I have a great writing flow going on.

Words Written Today: 2301 words
Current Word Count Total: 105,243 words

I did successfully finish a chapter at least….ugh. I just wanted to do more.

See this is what I mean…I shouldn’t beat myself up for this. I’ll get it done. Giving myself an extension is okay. I’m not procrastinating. I’m making sure I do this right. But it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s a first draft. It’s fine.

I’ll announce my new deadline date when I think long and hard about it. It needs to be practical and pressuring.

First Draft Progress – Five Days Until Deadline

All the traveling we did yesterday exhausted me, but I was able to write a chapter summary by hand. Writing summaries help so much. It helps trigger my imagination to see the details more clearly and type them down. Love it.

Additionally, I absolutely LOVE IT when you listen to a song and it reminds you of certain characters. I am definitely going to make playlists for them on Spotify.

Making good writing progress today though. I’ll update on word count soon. 🙂 I finally broke 100k 😁

A New Summary for My Dark Science Fantasy Novel

Here’s my novel summary that I’m probably going to have on my book cover soon.

Initiation – The Spirit Strings Series
Genre: Dark Science Fantasy

Magic is regulated under a strict, theocratic movement with global rule on the planet Terrana. The Terrans, paralleling humans in appearance, were created to observe Earth and learn from human civilization to fulfill a 3000-year-old prophecy that will restore Earth from its dystopian, magic-deprived state. Most Terrans are obedient to their theistic government, but Violet LaCroix has arcane power refusing to be oppressed. She’s hidden her multifaceted magic since she was a child. The day she decides to let her power flow changes her life completely, starting with a criminal charge for performing necromancy. To save herself from merciless persecution from the government’s elite organization that hunts disobedient mages, she’s forced to join a resourceful cult that promises her refuge in exchange for her joining their coup de t’at. Violet goes from model graduating student ready for college to joining a cult of rogue mages eager to liberate Terrana from magical oppression and hoping she’ll bring the power needed to end a war between mages, deities, and unknown forces lasting for millennia.

What do you think?