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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First Draft Progress – One More Week!

Words Written The Last Couple of Days: About 3576 words
Total Word Count Is About: 114,149 words

So close to the end. While writing, I realized I need more scifi literature in my life. I have some, but not enough. Because…aliens. Are aliens even really that alien? They’re just another species in a different part of the universe. Humans can be considered aliens. Well, whatever, I just want to write about a telepathic species from a higher dimension and for it to not sound…awkward? I think that’s the word I’m looking for.

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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 – Three Days Until Deadline

Words Written so far today: 1372 words
Current Total Word Count: 104,317 words

Research Topic:

  • Vampires
  • Character building

Time for my vamp lady to get some attention and face some psychological trauma. Yay! The featured picture is an idea of how I visualize her for the most part.

I have to do a bit of research before I can continue writing though. I’m making today a major writing sprint sort of day hoping to at least reach the epilogue. I’m doing this back and forth thing where I’m letting the pressure get to me because it’s made me more adamant about writing, but at the same time I’m not going to kick my ass if I don’t reach the end by June 1st. It’s fine.

I think.

I don’t know.

I like reaching goals.

Research time. More updates tonight.

First Draft Progress – Five Days Until Deadline Pt. 2

Word Count Today: 2822 words
Current Word Total: 102,920 words

No research today.

Additional Work Needed:

  • Creating certain spells and incantations for characters
  • Should I create a new language? Will I hate myself if I do? Probably
  • Continuity checks on character arcs

I’m ultra proud of my writing sprint today.

I’ve broken 100k and I’m predicting I may reach 150k. That might be because a friend challenged me to reach it, but who knows how far it’ll go. Honestly, writing at the end of the second act is such an intense time for writing, at least for me. The momentum is nonstop. My imagination won’t stop. Nothing stops. I’m enjoying it. I’m even happier that I have an ending to keep my focus on. I see the finish line. I’m ready to cross it.

Tomorrow will be the last day of airplane travel. I’ll definitely be doing some writing before hand and on the way. I will admit, the pressure of the deadline is helping so much, but I’m also unsure if I’ll actually meet it lmao! I’m still going to try, but there’s still so much! My chapters are getting longer, my descriptions of my world are becoming more dense, and my characters are so much more fun to delve into and it’s fun to think about how I want the audience to take them in. This project is so much work.

I love it. No complaints whatsoever. I’mma reach that deadline, damn it.

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 😁