A while back, the CreateSpace blog posted an article describing an intriguing thought exercise. Here's their summary of the exercise: "Here's the assignment. Imagine, if you will, that you are a teacher, and you've been asked to develop a syllabus for a class on how to be a successful novelist. You won't just be teaching … Continue reading Thought Exercise: Novel Writing Syllabus – Take 2
Just kidding, "love" isn't the right word. "Tolerate" would be more accurate. "Begrudgingly accepted it as a part of my life" is better. I've finished formatting my novel, Grigory's Gadget. I can see why people sometimes hire a professional to do this - it's definitely a P.I.T.A. But I'm pretty proficient in MS Word and … Continue reading Formatting My Novel or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love MS Word
*beep* I debated not posting on my blog this week. I didn't want to break my blog schedule, though, so here I am. I'm SO busy this week working on Grigory's Gadget. I have my time booked with my cover artist at Deranged Doctor Design for mid/late January, which means I need to have a … Continue reading E. A. Hennessy is Not Available at the Moment, Please Leave a Message After the Beep
Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be an exciting year for me - my debut novel, Grigory's Gadget, is going to be published this year! In March, to be exact. Here's a breakdown of what's ahead: By mid-January, I'll have my manuscript edited and proofread, then formatted for paperback and eBook Starting in mid-January, … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas! Today also happens to be my birthday! This post will be short and sweet, with a quick update on Grigory's Gadget: Last week, I received my copy edits from the editors at Writership. My sentiments about this are summed up well by this quote from one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger: Meanwhile, … Continue reading Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to Me!
This is a topic that comes up a lot in writing circles, and there are no right (or wrong) answers: What music do you listen to while you write? There's a range of possibilities here, from classical to hard rock to good-old-fashioned silence. My own answer to this question ranges pretty widely too. Different types … Continue reading Music and the Muse
I've taken a step back to look at my writing process for Grigory's Gadget and made a realization: most of the process was not, in fact, pure unadulterated "writing". Most of the process was editing. I wrote the first draft of Grigory's Gadget in 30 days, in November 2010 as my National Novel Writing Month … Continue reading Why “Writing” a Book Should Be Called “Editing” a Book