4 Things I Work On When I Start a Novel

Are you starting your novel? Wondering where to begin?

Check in with my pal, René Penn, for a reality check on how to tackle that beast. Having a defined process is such a blessing. So take the load off and let your creativity fly.

Write on!

Rene Penn

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As I begin writing my next book, I thought it might be cool to share how I start the process. Also, I’d love to hear what steps YOU take when you start a new manuscript.

But enough about you. Back to me…

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With every new writing project, I’ve been fine-tuning my approach. I’ve got an attack plan now, and the list below is it.

Disclaimer: I’m no expert on writing a book and haven’t been published. Here, I’m sharing what I learn and struggle with as I work toward the goal of improving my craft and getting published.

There’s a bit of bad news with this list, though. I still struggle. It’s coming a bit easier. But there are things I’m working on that will, hopefully, make my manuscripts better.

1. GMC

Goal-Motivation-Conflict, or GMC for short. When I learned this…

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Mean Girls Unpacked: Analyzing Female-to-Female Office Bullying

Okay, so I blogged about crafting the perfect hero yesterday. Yeah. But, while I don’t want to bombard you, heroes without villains often fall flat. In fact, they do. With nothing to fight against, even Thor would end with a flabby sword arm and a rerun of old tales to tell. (Heaven forfend!)

Enter Sean C. Wright, multi-published and absolutely in touch with the mean-girl villain that often strikes outside the office. Extended family anyone?

Check out the details on your next villain–because girls can be just as cutthroat. The sweet smiles and lipstick aren’t fooling anyone. (And thank you Sean for this timely blog. LOVE it!)

Write ON.

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Meangirls

Every woman with a corporate American job has encountered this rattlesnake in high heels. She is cold or overly critical to certain female colleagues, or worse, both. She engages in gossip and triangulation. She thrives on other women’s tears and sleepless nights that she causes. She won’t just do her job and go home, and refuses to let other women do the same. Because she is addicted to drama like some are to Starbucks. She and others like her exhibit the flipside of toxic masculinity.

They are the office mean girls.

It’s a shame that we are disgusted with bullying, and have a zero-tolerance attitude about it among children in school. But for some reason, it’s still alive and well in the office. And this is not to say that men don’t bully. They do. We have all heard of – or worked for – the “abusive genius” or “brilliant…

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There’s Something To Be Said for…

If Friday has you needing to stop and take account of the world around you–a writer’s world–look no further. René Penn is here with the thinking man–and woman’s–assessment.

Feel free to follow me and René. Comments, suggestions, and requests are ALWAYS welcome. We’d love to hear from YOU!

Write on.

Rene Penn

I’m in between writing books. I finished one, and it’s ready for an editor’s critique. In a future post post, I’ll discuss the process that I’m tweaking to start writing my next book.

But for now, I’m reflecting. I’m feeling introspective. I have the Thinking Man pose.

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Several things come to mind. Okay, 8 things.

  • There’s something to be said for starting a manuscript

There are blank pages on a screen or notebook, and writers decide to fill them. Not one page, but dozens, hundreds. It takes courage, imagination, dedication, and a little insanity. But it’s okay. We were born for this.

  • There’s something to celebrate for getting past the middle

Writing through the midpoint has been a quagmire that’s pulled me down. Then it became clear when I read posts like this one by Now Novel and this funny, insightful one by Chuck Wendig. The solution is one…

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TBT Book Spotlight: Under This Same Sky — Toni Shiloh

It’s Throwback Thursday, Reader Friends! Today’s book spotlight features Cynthia Roemer’s Under this Same Sky. Released last year in April, this historical romance takes place in 1854. Have you read it? About the Book ~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~ Illinois ~ 1854 Becky Hollister wants …

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5 Unconventional Ways to Promote Your Blog

Got blog? Want followers?

Spend some time with Cristian Mihai at the Art of Blogging. These 5 easy ways to increase your blog following, and HAVE FUN in the process will be well worth your time.

OH, and in the spirit of #4, please, follow me at annmalleybooks.com. I’m eager to engage with all of you so I can learn, pass on what I know, and hopefully start some cool conversations. Life’s too short to sit talking to yourself ;^)

Write on!

The Art of Blogging

If you are trying to reach more readers, chances are you’re already familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) and building a presence on different social media networks.

There is nothing wrong with those methods, and you should probably give them a try, but if you have already exhausted all the common methods of promoting your blog, then here are 5 unconventional methods that will get you more readers.

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Fallen Angel and Rodeo King: Two NEW Series, Two Opportunities to engage in life’s tough choices

It’s FRIDAY. Yeah! We made it through another week.

If you’re looking to kick back like me, be sure to start the weekend out right. Pick up something that’ll take you thru Sunday and put smile on you face . . . or plant that seed of satisfaction in your heart. Those are the best.

I’m currently editing Craving Grace: Diamond Dogs Book 2. Is it making me smile? You bet. Crafting characters with character, meaty villains and intricate plots that satisfy by canvasing “what if” is what I do best. (Too much drama for everyday living so the family prefers me writing fiction. Therapy? Who cares? I’m having a hoot!)

Here’s wishing you mild spring weather and plenty of smiles no matter what you’re reading ;^)

Write on!

Ann Malley

If you’re looking for something to dig into this weekend, LOOK no further. My latest releases aim to please.

Like Suspense? Fallen Angel, the first book in my new Diamond Dog series, has you covered. CIA operatives. FBI undercover schemes. And a single mom trying to do right by her child–by staying ALIVE. Check it out.

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If your tastes run to the sweeter side of life, or you’d like a break from the urban grind, check into Wild Horse Montana and read RODEO KING. Another reunion romance — a favorite theme for me — Rodeo King canvases the realities of going home, going home without the prizes you’d hoped to garner, and having to deal with dreams left behind.

But all that glitters is absolutely not gold, and one man’s loss can be another’s…

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A Smorgasbord of Writing Ideas

Good food is BETTER shared. And the same can be said for ideas–writing ideas. It’s often the scent of food that makes you hungry, after all, so open your senses to the savory aroma of creative think brought to you by my good friend, the multi-talented René Penn.

Write ON!!

Rene Penn

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“You’re a writer? Cool.” I often hear people say that to me, which is nice. Their tone is positive, encouraging. Then about one-third of them will follow up with, “I’ve got this great idea that you could turn into a book.”

They all mean well, and I like to hear their ideas. Love it, in fact. The trouble is, I have too many ideas already, a smorgasbord of them, swarming around in my head.

I’m not alone, right?

There’s this salad-worth of ideas. Not a tiny, cute, side salad. We’re talking, a big entree portion. Like the kind you get at Cheesecake Factory. Where there’s so much stuff on it, you can hardly see the lettuce.

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Yesterday was one of those days. Ideas were flowing like the River Jordan. It must’ve been some sort of spiritual-led experience, because I couldn’t have thought of all of…

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