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Welcome to the fiftieth episode of the podcast. In the spirit of celebration, in this episode, I will answer questions on writing, self-editing, and procrastination asked by my Blog Readers, Youtube Subscribers, Podcast Listeners, and through my Ask A Question form on my website.
Coming up in this show, I discuss why I migrated away from MailChimp and the steps involved. And, I also discuss my decision to merge my author and writing tips websites. In terms of writing, I will share where I’m at with Missing, Book Two, and the steps I need to take before I start writing my short story. But, first an update on my favourite cup of tea and what I’m currently reading.
Coming up in this show, I discuss hiring a professional editor for my thriller novella, Missing, and my plans for book two. And, I’ve made progress with writing a short story which I intend to use as a lead magnet to build a mailing list. But first, a short travel update.
Last week, I planned on self-editing a novel and hiring a professional beta reader to get some feedback on my story. It’s been one of those weeks. You know that week that starts of crappy and turns into a nightmare. But, my week eventually redeemed itself in the final hour. This is going to sound overdramatic, but I’ve got the opposite of the Midas touch. I’m sure there’s a name for that, but it’s completely escaped my mind.
In this episode, I discuss my revisions with AutoCrit and getting back to blogging my novella after a long absence. I also have some exciting personal news to share with you. So, stay tuned for more details coming up in the show.
In this episode, I’m going to share with you my business and writing goals for the next quarter. As you can expect, I’m going to share an update on my successes and failures from the first quarter of 2019. And, I’m going to discuss a new writing-related tool that I’m using to revise Missing.
BTS016, Writer’s Insecurity, Revising a Thriller Novel, Editing a Nonfiction Book, and Starting a New Series
In this week’s Behind the Scenes Podcast Dairy, I discuss my struggles with writer’s insecurity, revising a thriller, revising the second edition of a nonfiction book, and my plans to start a new series.
Welcome to the first ever bonus episode of the podcast. As you can probably guess by the title, this is my first ever episode on Ask Me Anything on writing and story structure. In this episode, I will answer the top questions asked by my Blog Readers, Youtube Subscribers, Podcast Listeners, and through my Ask A Question form on my website.
Now, that I’m well into revising the first draft of Missing, I’ve decided to share with you the top 5 first draft mistakes I made as I wrote my first three thriller novels, Missing, Silence, and Immunity. Because apparently, I love to embarrass myself in front of an audience and openly point out my flaws. But, I’m not going to stop there. In the second part of this Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary episode, I will share with you five tips highlighting how to avoid making these mistakes in your own writing.
At the start of January, I shared with you my revision plan for my thriller novella, Missing. It’s been almost a month since that show. So, I’ve decided to share with you a short revision update where I will share a break down of what I achieved in terms of revising a novella. And, I will also share four lessons I’ve learned over the first three weeks of revising Missing, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes.
I’m going to share with you my writing goals or intentions for 2019 now, in January; and a mid-year update around June or July. There will be a final review at the beginning of 2020 where I will look back at 2019 and hopefully have good news to share with you. In the tradition of the Podcast Diary episodes, I will give you regular updates; however, these updates won’t be as formal as the planned update episodes.
As you can probably tell by the super spoiler title of this show, I will be revising my thriller novella, Missing over a thirty-one-day period. And, in this episode, I’m going to break down my plans to revise in a month, and the exact steps I plan to take during this revision period.