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Is there a right way to write a novel?

During Fun A Day Reseda 2019, I’ll take breaks from writing my new novel, Snow in Los Angeles, to share with you themes and other insights from writing this book. A question that often comes up among new writers on Twitter is, “Is there a right way to write a novel? Is it better to …

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The villain’s journey

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. It has been a while since I finished a novel, and I need to get another book going. I have a story in mind, but I have to approach it differently from the other novels I’ve written. This time, I’m focusing on the villain’s journey.

Why I love writing fiction

Technical writing is my bread and butter, but I love fiction writing. As a child, I enjoyed making up stories and creating adventures for my GI Joe and Major Matt Mason action figures. As I started writing, my Holy Grail was to write The Great American Novel, make the New York Times bestseller list, get the …

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NaNoWriMo 2016: What exactly did I win?

I won NaNoWriMo 2016. My prize is the first 50,000 words of an unfinished first draft. It is difficult to write a novel in 30 days, and 50,000 words doesn’t qualify as a full-length novel. So, what exactly do you win when you win NaNoWriMo?

Why I can’t write a roman à clef

While The Remainders is being considered for publication, I will post spoiler-free commentaries about the issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the first installment of the series. The Remainders is a personal story, but it is not a roman à clef. You won’t be able to say Character A = Person …

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