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How much work goes into writing a novel?

Did you ever wonder how much work goes into writing a novel? When I was much younger (and much more naïve), I thought that all I needed to get these stories out of my head and onto paper was a pen and, well, paper. And while that is true, there’s so much more to it.

First, and foremost, there is the sheer volume of time it takes to get those words out to the paper. Let’s take the average novel length — about 75,000 words. Let’s say it takes an average of one second just to type that word. That comes out to twenty hours of constant, non-stop, fingers pressing keys.

But we don’t just get to sit and type. We have to take time to create our world and characters and to truly know them. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I type at least 10,000 words for each major character to describe their back story, current life and plot progression through the story, and it takes me four or five times as long because I have a lot of pauses between each sentence. If a given book has 5 big characters, then that’s another 50, 000 words at over forty-eight hours of nothing-but-typing. And that doesn’t count the minor characters.

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Surprise! (I’m back)

After some much-needed time away, I think I’m ready to jump into writing again. God has been good to me over the past two years (wow, has it been that long!?!). I have traveled, I have worked, I have served and I have grown as a person and as a writer.

And now, I think it is time to dust of my pencil and keyboard and get back to creating worlds and expressing the truths that I have within. I have so much to say now!! It is incredible.

What can you expect from me? A book a week? Ten new worlds? A thousand new characters?

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Where have you gone?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. From author interviews to just regular blog posts, you may think I’ve fallen off the planet. I have, of sorts.

I have pushed hard to get Fort Reiley released, published and publicized. Several months later, and I am bruised and tired. Putting all of my energy into the books has been an interesting project, and I have many plans and dreams. But right now, God has put other things on my heart that are taking precedence.

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What Your TBR Pile Says About You

It is a new year, and with that comes a whole new set of reading goals. We all make them. Personally, I want to read 10 books this year from authors I’ve not heard of before. That is on top of the books from the authors I love. I’m a slow reader, so for me, this is a bit of a stretch, but I’m looking forward to it.

In order to accomplish this, I have a To Be Read (TBR) pile. Since I do all of my reading from digital copies, it is less of a pile, and more of a digital collection. My wife, however, prefers the feel and weight of paper. Hers is actually a pile of books near her favorite reading spot.

So, how do you organize your pile, be it electronic or physical? And what does the way you pull your next book say about you as a reader?

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#RePost: Key To The Stars

I’m dredging up some old articles that I think still have some decent merit. This is my review of “Key To The Stars” by Kevin Domenic, originally posted two years ago (wow, how time flies!)

If you enjoyed this book, or have a comment about it, leave a note below, or share on social media.

As an update, Key to the Stars is free right now, both at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com! While this one book is free, you’ll probably want to download the entire trilogy. It’s a great read.


 

Key to the StarsI’ve talked about author Kevin Domenic before, and I’m a huge fan. Why? Because his stories are fun, active and engaging. They are very well written, and so vivid, you feel you are right there in the mix.

The first book in his Fourth Dimension series, Key to the Stars, is an amazing start. In order to consider Key to the Stars, you have to look at this novel as a part of the whole series.

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Promoting Your Book as an Independent

Being an independent author, I find it very difficult to get my name out there. When people read my books, they generally respond well. But how do they read my works if they don’t know I exist?

With the explosion of digital publishing, I was able to step out and get published on my own. That provided me with a huge opportunity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it did so for millions of other people, too, burying my novels under a mountain of new releases every day.

And the fact is, even with the most avid, voracious reader, there is only so much money in the book-reading budget. They can’t buy every book that catches their eye.

So how do I rise above the rest and get my name out there?

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January Video Update

 

Image by Horia Varlan

Five Benefits to Reading Often

While some of us read a book — or more — each day (my wife, for example), others stay so busy that finishing one book per week may feel like a luxury. Either way, studies have shown that reading often has significant benefits.

Image by Pedro Ribeiro Simões

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Three Things We Want from a Good Book

When we sit down to read, be it for pleasure or business, we all are expecting some magic to come pouring out from between those press-board covers and slivers of pages. Magic that would transform our lives and make us better people. Yes, even fiction should make us better somewhere deep inside.

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Site Upgrade

If you haven’t stopped by to take a look at the site lately, please do.

http://www.jerryhanel.com

I’ve upgraded the site, added a ton of graphics and features. One really new feature is the “About” page, which has a video of me rambling about the site.

Yes, I really am that awkward in real life. Why do you think I became a writer instead of a public speaker.

http://www.jerryhanel.com/about/

Stop by, then let me know what you think of the new upgrades.