Skip to main content


Showing posts from March 20, 2011

How do you know when you're done with your book?

It's snowing again. But last week the weather was warm, and I put on my barefoot shoes and went for an almost-barefoot run in the park. Have I mentioned that running barefoot in the grass is Epiphany and Nirvana and Halleluia rolled into one?                                                        Aahh....Bare feet.                                       That's why I had to write a book about it. Which is still way too long.   People keep asking me (since the revisions go on and on, Judah), how do you know when you're done? That's a REALLY good question. The answer on the current book is: not yet. It's not like I know anything. I just write because I can't help it. But I can tell I'm NOT done if I'm not happy with these things: *Plot. Problems? Does everything build to a climax? Does everything connect? Loose ends? * Characters/character traits.  Do they talk in a way that a reader could recognize without dialogue tags? *End of chapte

Book Winner

Thanks everyone who entered the free book-drawing, and welcome to all my new followers! Wow, everyone wants to get their hands on The Clockwork Three . Of course. It's a great book. Even if you didn't get it free, you should go buy yourself a copy. As a little introduction if you're new to the blog, I am a fiction-writer in the process of shopping my stuff. I have an agent, so I let him do most of the work there, while I do the work of writing books. I love to read, love to write, love all things bookish. Here on the blog, I write about  the writing process, review books I liked, talk about the life of a writer, and try to give away a book a month. The drawings are small, so your chances of winning are always pretty good. My rules for give-aways: must be books I've read myself and loved, with great stories and beautiful sentences. They aren't always the hot sellers, but I swear they're worth your time. Because there are so many books out there. And so few