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Revising a Novel 101: Day 1

16 Jan 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Today is the day I begin a thorough revision of the messy but complete first draft of my current novel, But Also the Brave. My goal is to have this second draft completed by June 12, 2014. One of my practices as a writer, which I have employed since I started my first novel years ago, is to check it at the beginning and end of each writing session in a little document I call “Process Notes.” Here’s my entry for the first day of NaNoWriMo 2012, the day I began work on But Also : Th 11/01/12 10:51 a.m. Well,…

How a Short Story Happens

07 Jan 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

  For me writing fiction is as close to being able to use magic as I’ll ever get. Here’s how my most recent story was born:   1) Create a Patsy Cline station on Pandora. 2) Hear Charley Pride’s “I’ll Be Leaving Alone” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JylwiX9h1us while walking the dog in the snow. 3) Draft a ho-hum story about a guy tempted to cheat while on an overnight truck-driving run to New England. 4) Share story with writing buddy. 5) Listen to his advice–let it sink in–about how to develop a complication in the middle to give the story a second layer of…

My “Best Books of 2013” Part I

07 Jan 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

  As a book nerd, I’ve kept a list of every book I’ve read since the summer before 10th grade. (The first book I remember recording was Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome (required summer reading), from which I learned the words “reticent” and “taciturn”—which in fact may say a lot about that novel). One of the pleasures of my compulsive habit is looking back over a year’s worth of reading at the end of a year. This year was fairly representative of my reading life of late, both in volume and range: 13 novels, 5 story collections, 4 works of non-fiction,…

This is gonna be a short post, because I’ve still got 1600 words to add to my novel today.  But I wanted to reflect on an insight I had the other day while pounding the keyboard:  NaNoWriMo is a great apprenticeship in how to be a “real” writer.  What I mean by that is this:  When I was a “wannabe” writer, which status I held for an unfortunately long time, I spent a lot of time, energy and money doing things that made me feel like a writer:  reading books about writing, talking about writing, attending workshops about writing, dreaming…

Prepping for Self-Publishing

01 Nov 2013, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

This is a big project. I spent years working on the novel and now that I’m ready to self-publish there’s so much that has to be done. One area that’s getting a lot of attention from my team and me is marketing (they are business students after all). Marketing my novel will involve a lot. At the beginning of the summer, my assistant Milan introduced me to the concept of a “book commercial” and I loved the idea instantly. It’s quite simple really. You’re basically making a trailer for your book, as if you’d already gotten published, distributed, made your…

An Indie Writer

24 Sep 2013, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

                                                                  Photo By: Milan Aviles When will self-publishing be cool? That’s my question of the year. I guess, for some, it’s already cool. But I don’t know how long it will take for that cool factor to expand. On the one hand it’s very cool because it’s possible, and some might even say easy, to self-publish. The publishing services are out there. The platforms are out there. And…

Self-Publishing: Soldiering On

29 Aug 2013, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Ok, so I’ve  admitted I’ve got some hang-ups about self-publishing.  These hang-ups were reinforced when, while soliciting a librarian’s help in locating a difficult to find book, she asked, “Could it be a self-published book?  Because we wouldn’t have those.”  My insecurities were further reinforced when Maureen Corigan, my favorite reviewer, recently mentioned on Fresh Air how annoying it is when “well-meaning but ignorant” family members ask a writer, “Have you thought about self-publishing?” For encouragement I look to the worlds of film and music, where “Indie” is worn as a badge of honor.  So I was emboldened last night listening to Zach Braff tell…