Tag: Mystery novel

Moving Forward

Moving forward sometimes means taking a step or two back first. Birthing a novel is never easy. I’ve been working with On The Sly again for a few weeks now. When I first went back to it after the latest ferment, I looked at it as if it was someone else’s manuscript that had been brought to me for advice. The ending was choppy … Read More Moving Forward

Post-Fermentation

So, when I laid On The Sly down to ferment, I had a squeaky clean outline. All my notes had been worked through. But you remember what I said fermentation was really about? Me forgetting my story. Clearing my head. Now I’m back at it and my outline has more notes than I’ve ever seen. These are quick, easy to take care of notes, … Read More Post-Fermentation

Fermentation

Like a fine wine or a busty microbrew, a good novel should ferment. That’s what On The Sly is doing right now. I’ve finished the fourth draft (it takes as many drafts as it takes, sorry), and now it’s just sitting there, waiting for me to forget all my little thoughts about it. All my hopes and despairs. It ferments so I can look … Read More Fermentation

Cooking Along

On The Sly is coming along quite well. I’m at the point with it where I’m getting itchy to read it again. But that will wait. First, I need to work some more on the ending. As I said before, I’m extending it by a couple chapters. I want the final battle between Sylvia and Pike to be bigger. And badder. Still mulling it … Read More Cooking Along

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