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Evolution of the If a Butterfly Pitch: Life Cycle Two (2012)

Here’s the final pitch I used for the 2012 WLT Conference again. The mainstream novel, If a Butterfly, is like Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon — but with a butterfly; and it has sex in space, kidnapped butterflies, … Continue reading

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Evolution of the If a Butterfly Pitch: Life Cycle One (2011)

In the previous post, I showed you the pitch I used for my novel, If a Butterfly, at the 2012 Writers’ League of Texas’ Agents and Editors Conference. This post and the next one are to show how it evolved. … Continue reading

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The Final Pitch for If a Butterfly

My previous post was about starting to split a very long novel into two parts. I started working on that a few days ago, and it’s going well. There will be a few posts about that process over the next … Continue reading

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Splitting a Butterfly in Two

My first completed novel, If a Butterfly, was EXTREMELY long. The first draft was well over 300,000 words, about 1,300 double-spaced pages; but — in its defense — it’s a complex story, spread across an entire continent and into outer … Continue reading

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Editing With Wordles, An Overview

Wordle.net is a website that can allow you to see which words you use the most in a document. More on it in a minute. At some point in the editing process, after the first draft (and maybe after the … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck From the Dreaded Writer’s Block

You’re facing the blank page, and nothing’s happening (either in your mind or with your fingers). No words are appearing on the screen (I almost said “on the page,” but my tech-geek gene stopped me). Writer’s block has arrived. Or … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – The Plot Thickens (A Little)

In the last post I established that I thought my cast of characters was complete, or was it? They were all lined up neatly on the butterfly’s route (a teacher in Canada, a rock deejay in Virginia, a scientist in … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Character Decisions

Okay, by this time I had six main characters (a lot to juggle, I know), but with NaNoWriMo just weeks away at this point, my biggest worry was finding a way for these characters to inhabit a location (possibly on … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Decisions, Part Deux

In the last post, I talked about the idea of constructing the plot of If a Butterfly around a Monarch butterfly, on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico, interacting with characters who happened to be in its path. The … Continue reading

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Genesis of If a Butterfly – Decisions, Decisions

In the previous post, I talked about how the idea for my first novel, If a Butterfly, originally formed. It was early Fall, 2003, and I had been trying to develop a plot idea for NaNoWriMo, which was then about … Continue reading

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