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One Up Barcode: Eyes That Kill

I just finished Barcode: Eyes That Kill for the second time. I actually participated in NaNoWriMo last year and wrote ETK in two or three weeks. Once I was done, I finished editing Barcode: New War Order. Though I loved the story in ETK, I knew I could write something better. When I learned character design, my instructor taught me the concept of “One Up.” It’s just what it sounds like. You take your original work and make it better. With the One Up concept in mind, I wrote a…

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Barcode: New War Order Books 

Barcode: New War Order

How busy have I been with moving, writing a new novel, and studying for exams? So busy that I forgot to announce the latest book in the Barcode Series. Well, here you have it! Late as hell. Barcode: New War Order. I took special pride in writing this novel for many reasons. Let’s list them off in bullet form because it makes crap easier to swim through: Barcode: New War Order changed the way every book I write is formatted This novel finally shows Kode’s weak points The location isn’t…

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Frequency Flow Writing 

The Flow of Writing

Writing is about flow. Everything in life has a frequency and writing is no different. Have you ever driven behind someone on the freeway and noticed their speed increase and decrease? Have you payed attention to the way cars drift left to right ever so slightly? What about the way your emotions are stable one day but the weight of the world gets you the next? That’s life. A frequency of ups and downs. I’ve discovered my writing flow. Knowing my ups and downs allows me to maximize my potential…

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How To Edit A Novel

In my life, I’ve written six  novels: The State of Being Unmarried Not Quite Myself No Collar Criminals Barcode: Legend of Apollo Cavern of Youth New War Order (being edited) Though I’ve acquired a lot of experience over the years, I learned the most when I began the Barcode Series. It’s not just because I have to keep information in my head for each story or because I have to make each book in the series more interesting, it’s because of two editors: Roxanne and Julia. Roxanne and I fit together…

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rewrite Writing 

The Art of The Rewrite

I saw a quote today that went something like, “If it feels like I’m writing, I rewrite.” That’s pretty sound advice. My last few chapters of Barcode: New War Order were “meh.” The story was being forced. The scenes had rough transitions and I was thinking for my characters. The end was within sight and I could’ve easily finished before diving into editing, but it wasn’t right. I decided to trash the manuscript and start from scratch. I kept a few bits and pieces, especially lengthy explanations, but the rest is toast….

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Barcode Front Cover Writing 

Barcode: New War Order Release

Currently, I’m still in the process of developing New War Order. However, I haven’t had time to write any chapters for a long time. For those that read other post, you may have known that I didn’t have a job after relocating to Southern California. I searched diligently and couldn’t find anything until recently. Now, I’m working at a real estate company doing the same thing I do here, blogging. I manage SEO and social media websites. My goal is to drive traffic to websites. Though I knew a little…

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