Novel Dream – Week 21

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s broad daylight. I’m driving out of the parking lot behind another car that comes to the forked exit for a left or right turn. They stop. I’m thinking they’re not sure which way to go. I give them a little time and space. I’m mellow. A nice person. Not in a hurry. Then, since there’s plenty of room and I know where I want to go, I steer around the car to go right. Suddenly there’s a thud on my windshield. I’ve stopped, stone still in the parking lot somehow. Can’t see a thing. Like bricks on the windshield. For sure something Pauline’s wipers won’t clear. I panic, look out the back window.


That other car followed me, its occupants outside now standing behind my car. My driver door window – same thing – but the figure’s so huge I can only see its chest, either a black bear or a human wearing a black fleece jacket.

TIP: WAKE UP!!! Get the pen the keyboard whatever this second GO WRITE!!!!!!

Novel Inspiration – Week 20

October 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

TIP: Enter the present.

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Novel Mulling – Week 19

October 7, 2014 § 2 Comments

TIP: After falling on head think about what went wrong


Plot your next move. Take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was/is your novel. So far it’s taken around 1,825 of them. So another 365 or 730 shouldn’t be too bad, assuming you stick to the plan now. No flying off to greener trees or debilitating beauty envy of the one next door.


Yours isn’t even the same species. Look all you want, that’s okay. Wish all you want. Just make sure you know the difference between wanting and wishing and doing. Color may dazzle but it can be blinding. Especially if you go back in there without the plan.



Novel Math Problems – Week 18

September 30, 2014 § 2 Comments


Turns out I have no plot. I swear there’s one in here somewhere. Actually I have four but I’ve given them all equal weight in the first fifty pages so the reader doesn’t know where to focus. Like living in my character’s closet, stuff keeps getting thrown in, piling up on the reader till they’re massively confused…oxygen deprived. Easy: choose one plot, go with it, cut the rest.


But it’s not easy. I tried it last night and became overwhelmed with the weaving I’ve done. We’re not talking simple subtraction here. Writing a middle-grade (pre-teen, teen) or YA (young adult) novel is way more serious than basic math, even algebra…which I dropped out of in high school and, ironically, was allowed to make up for in college with writing and literature courses.


Time to face the light and learn calculus. Check these out: Sandra Chmara * namelos * Cheryl B. Klein

TIP: Believe in yourself – and trust the experts.   xo Pierr




Novel Home Stretch – Week 17

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment


TIP: Remember what made you begin the journey.    xo Pierr

Novel Patio – Week 16

September 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

walk-in at The Azure Gate B&B

a Walk-in at The Azure Gate B&B – Tucson, AZ

In the desert again. Hunkered down for the duration.

TIP: Azure Gate -   xo Pierr

Novel’s First 10K – Week 15

September 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

First 10,000 words of the novel - near 50 pages

First 10,000 words of the novel – near 50 pages

I’m addicted to noodling the beginning. I love it so much. I’ve read it zillions of times and each read through I’ll nip a noun, clip a conjunction and completely space on the fact that I’ve got 200 more pages that need my attention.

Yesterday I sent the first 10,000 words away for an evaluation from namelos.

The previous week’s Take-Out was extremely helpful in carving text away to include everything I wanted to be in the first 10k (around 50 pages). I read somewhere, probably online (from stats publishers are able to gather from e-book reading?), that when a reader abandons a book it’s within the first 50 pages. That’s very generous. I’m out by the end of page 1. 

I’ve clipped the rest of the novel into 50-page sections and am going through them one by one until this draft puppy is done!

TIP: Got clips?   xo Pierr


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