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Comments

Listed below are several comments posted by our authors about the development of their books. Click on a post heading to read more of it. If you would like to read more posts regarding a particular book, click on the book’s title below a post.

I Have No Friends

The idea for my new novel came from some Google statistics on my writing site. There are many people who have read articles I’ve written over the years about living alone and losing friends. This is the basis for the novel I’m writing.

written by author of I Have No Friends
posted: sep 9, 2015;  words: 312;  readers in past month:  153;  read more...

Martin's Father's Secret

To make for a richer, more interesting story, I’m rethinking the depth of the secondary characters, in particular the father of the protagonist. I’m thinking about his sexuality outside of his marriage.

written by author of Not a Step
posted: sep 22, 2016;  words: 304;  readers in past month:  139;  read more...

Cast of Characters

A few people have asked me about the characters in my new novel, I Have No Friends. So, I’ve written this post describing them. Actually,I’m doing this in three posts, starting with the main characters.

written by author of I Have No Friends
posted: sep 22, 2015;  words: 476;  readers in past month:  133;  read more...

Excerpt from Novel

Several people asked that I post an excerpt from my novel. It’s difficult to choose what to post here. Some dialog would be more lively, but I chose instead something that gives you a sense of my writing abilities and a sense of the main character.

written by author of In Search of Kafka
posted: sep 15, 2015;  words: 707;  readers in past month:  749;  read more...

A New Pen

I bought a new pen to encourage myself to resume work on my new novel. It’s a Mont Blanc, Meisterstuck Platinum classic ballpoint pen. Since part of the story is set in the late 1950s and the 1960s, it’s fitting to use a class pen.

written by author of Not a Step
posted: sep 14, 2016;  words: 170;  readers in past month:  127;  read more...

A Draft of a Novel

I’m writing this novel by hand in a notebook. It allows me to focus on creativity and not spend too much time editing the text. This post includes a photograph of on the pages from my notebook.

written by author of I Have No Friends
posted: sep 12, 2015;  words: 118;  readers in past month:  144;  read more...

Actively Writing

I’m actively writing a new novel, I Have No Friends. I write a few pages every day, between ten and thirty, depending on how much time I have available and how excited I am by what I’m writing.

written by author of I Have No Friends
posted: sep 10, 2015;  words: 109;  readers in past month:  134;  read more...

Digitalized!

When I wrote my novel, I did so by hand in a set of notebooks. However, it needs to be on my computer for me to edit. It has now been transcribed, thanks to some help from others.

written by author of I Have No Friends
posted: oct 9, 2015;  words: 123;  readers in past month:  132;  read more...

Self-Publishing

With the new technology of on-demand publishing, it costs me nothing to self-publish my book. So, rather than not write novel or not published them, I’ve decided to publish my novels on my own.

written by author of In Search of Kafka
posted: oct 21, 2008;  words: 381;  readers in past month:  146;  read more...

First Novel Published

At last I have finished the final corrections to my novel and published it. This is officially my first published novel—albeit a self-published one.

written by author of In Search of Kafka
posted: oct 15, 2009;  words: 286;  readers in past month:  143;  read more...

Publishing First Novel

The self-publishing of my first novel is coming together, finally. I'’ve been working on working out the layout and other factors in printing and binding the book.

written by author of In Search of Kafka
posted: nov 21, 2008;  words: 86;  readers in past month:  141;  read more...

Draft Finished!

I finished the first draft of my new novel, Not a Step. I need to do some significant revisions to a few chapters. I also need to condense it — it’s almost six-hundred pages now, but needs to be around four-hundred.

written by author of Not a Step
posted: may 30, 2018;  words: 170;  readers in past month:  134;  read more...

Kafka Novel is Beta Mode

My editor finished his edits of my novel in December and this past month while in the U.S. I made all of the changes that he suggested. Soon it will be for sale on-line.

written by author of In Search of Kafka
posted: may 14, 2009;  words: 261;  readers in past month:  169;  read more...

Finding Traction!

My new novel, Not a Step is coming together really well. I haven’t had much time to work on it, but I’m very excited about the progress I’ve been making on the weekends or when on board planes and trains.

written by author of Not a Step
posted: may 13, 2018;  words: 149;  readers in past month:  116;  read more...

Humongous!

I received a first printing of my new novel, Not a Step. I still need to revise it, which will cut at least 100 pages. But I was surprised to see how much I had written over the past year or so.

written by author of Not a Step
posted: jun 9, 2018;  words: 238;  readers in past month:  262;  read more...

Tools for Writers

Below are a few tools that we recommend for writers. Click on the heading or image to go to a site where you can buy the item.

Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

If you want to use an iPad with Scrivener to write a book while traveling or maybe just at a neighborhood coffeeshop, you’ll find that an external, bluetooth keyboard will make writing easier. The feel of this keyboard in particular is soothing.

iPad Mini 4

An excellent tool for writing a novel wherever you are: at a coffeeshop, on a train or plane, or sitting at home — especially if you use a bluetooth keyboard and Scrivener writing software.

Scrivener for Mac OSX

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring books. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.