Stephen King’s On Writing audiobook takeaways

I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.

My takeaways:

  • Write daily.
  • Let my story development flow as I write.
  • Start with a what if situation and move to a story about the people.
  • Write what is true and believable.
  • Use the first word that comes to mind.
  • “He said or she said” is divine.
  • Write to your ideal reader.
  • Write with the door closed, edit with the door open.
  • Writing is not life, life’s interruptions are more important.
  • Be professional and study your craft.
  • Kill your darlings.
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Welcome to Monday

Here it is, Monday again.

I work a full time job, and often exhausted when I get home.

My new routine is to write daily and at least 1000 words a day. I wrote 2200 words for my next novel over the weekend.

What is your daily routine for writing?

Since this is new for me, I plan to work through the routine daily, figuring out what schedule works best. I also want to find out what does not work and cut it out.

What works for you? What doesn’t? Which acorns have you planted?

Blood Thrasher – The Savannah Vampire Novel Series

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First in the series

Hello there!

Blood Thrasher is The Savannah Vampire Novel Series with the first novelette titled The Devil’s in The Metal.

What could go wrong with VIP tickets to Blood Thrasher?
Unsuspecting headbangers and a great concert.
But…the band isn’t human, are they?
Break out the stakes, vampire hunters are coming for Blood.
When the sun rises, who will be left standing?

Set in 1989 in Savannah, Georgia, the series introduces the reader a fast action traditional lore style vampire story.  I wanted the story to be fast paced and full of action.

I am working on the second installment in the Blood Thrasher series titled Blood Thrasher: Vinyl All Night. Here is a preview of the next cover! I hope you like it.

vinyl all night

New cover updates!

Hello all,

This indie publishing thing is a learn as you go. I’ve read several books, and keep exploring all of the vast tools to use for self-publishing. I am publishing through Amazon and love the quality of the prints. My books have all been published in the USA, but are also available through Amazon worldwide.

One of the things I am learning about it how to produce my own covers. I purchased licensing use rights for the image for Blood Thrasher and updated the cover with more of the feel of the novelette that I wanted.

Here is another example from my chess book.

As you can see there is a huge difference between my first cover and the 2nd one in this update. I love the look and feel of the knight with sword drawn in the 2nd one.

If you are an indie trying to publish, don’t be afraid to try things out. Even if you don’t feel like it looks like you want it to just yet, go ahead and do it.