Get The Draft Done! by Charles F. French

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Do you have difficulty finishing a first draft of your book? This problem is extremely common and has a variety of reasons, but there are solutions for this issue. I have become somewhat of an expert on finishing first drafts, and I want to offer help to those who experience the frustration of never completing or taking far too long to finish a draft.

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A question that can be asked is why do I know anything about this situation? How am I qualified to offer any kind of assistance? The answer is my experience as a writer. I am a hybrid author—both a traditionally published writer of French On English: A Guide To Writing Better Essays, and a self-published writer of two novels: Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1, and Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 and a cookbook based on the characters of the I. P. S. – The Investigative Paranormal Society Cookbook. I have become an expert on creating first drafts in the last eight years of writing. That is when I committed to being a writer as well as a professor of English. In those years, in addition to the books I have mentioned, I have also written my dissertation for my Ph.D. in English Literature, 3 academic papers, two short stories, one other finished novel, and three first drafts of other novels. This is not to say that all I do is write; that is completely on the other end of truth. I teach college, I am a husband and grandfather, and I also enjoy life.

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What does my book offer to you? I address that question in the “Introduction”:

According to The New York Times, about 81% of Americans dream of writing a book and becoming a published author. Very few writers, less than 3% finish their books, and even fewer receive publishing deals. Many writers find themselves somewhere in this group. While these seem to be daunting odds, it is important to understand though it is not that they are somehow stacked against you to keep you from achieving success; rather, it is that you probably do not have a plan in place to write a first draft and then to do the necessary revisions and compete in the publishing world with an understanding of its difficulties. In order to do those things and have a chance for success, you need to develop the writer’s mindset.

Instead of thinking about doing the first draft with anxiety or fear attached, this book is going to teach you a way that will redefine what it means to get the draft done.

The first draft does not have to be perfect, and it will not be.

The first draft does not need to be a certain length (not for the first draft!)

And it does not need to be thought of as an entire book – it will certainly need major additions and subtractions.

I am going to give you the strategies and tactics I use, every day, to write approximately 150,000 words a year. That is the equivalent of two first drafts! Once you have these techniques in your writer’s toolbox, you will be more prolific, less likely to succumb to writer’s block, and you will have a finished first draft. This completed draft will be the initial and largest step towards becoming a published author.

This book does not cover the act of revision (that is my next book). It also does not deal with getting an agent, a publisher, self-publishing, marketing, or what subjects you should write about.

This book is intended to help you get from the first word to the last word of an initial draft.

This book will help you to get the draft done!

So, let’s get started!

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This book is available amazon.com for $9.99 for the paperback.

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

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Available on Amazon

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Available on Amazon

 

 

On The Pleasure of Reading!

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I have spent the majority of my time on this blog writing about writing, so I thought I would address the most fundamental and most important part of this experience with books: reading.

I have been reading my entire life; in fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not read. And reading has informed my life in many ways, not only in terms of career but also in the joys of life itself.

I read books, I teach them, and I write about them, but mostly, I enjoy them. I remember my mother telling me when I was very little that you can go many places that you might not ever have a chance to visit, real and made up, if you read. And I have visited and continue to journey to real and fantastic lands.

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I am not a reading snob. While I teach college English Literature, I read in a very wide range, from adventure and horror to drama and so-called high literature, although I am not so certain that this distinction is accurate. Both Shakespeare and Dickens were considered popular writers in their time. Hemingway straddled the mythical fence of literature and genre writing. Today, I happily read authors in a multitude of genres, including Stephen King and John Connolly, among many others. So, I read whatever I choose, in any area. And I get great pleasure from the reading.

I hope that all people can experience this pleasure. I realize not everyone will, but I can keep hoping they do.

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Happy Reading!

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

June Self-Promotion Party!

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Hello to all the writers out there and reading this blog!

It is time for a shameless self-promotion party, so please do not be shy about your work.

Let the world know about your book(s)!

Tell us about your book, and leave an image and a link if you can.

In order for as many people to see your work as possible, please Tweet and reblog this post!

Please remember to be proud of your work!

Here is my self-promotion: my latest book can help writers who have issues with finishing first drafts of their books. If that is you, I offer direct, practical advice on how to Get The Draft Done! by Charles F. French.

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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Suggest A Book, Part 2!

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It is that time again, for another book suggestion. I want to make this a weekly or bi-weekly event.

Today I will recommend one of my favorite books–The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This wonderful novel is a combination of a book about books, Gothic, mystery, war, and a marvelous love story! If you love books, you should read this one soon!

 

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A First Draft Finished!

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I am very excited that I have finished the first draft of book 3 in the Investigative Paranormal Society that began with Maledicus and continued with Gallows Hill.

This draft is a mess, but that is as it should be with the first draft. I will put it aside for a few days, and then attack draft 2, in which I will try to make sure I have the organization of chapters and plot set up correctly. Then, it will be on to draft # 3.

I plan on releasing this book in October.

Keep writing!

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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available on Amazon

Another Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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“After extensive work with this novel, not only reading it but also performing an in-depth literary analysis- annotating French’s work with the literary element of foreshadowing, I can confidently affirm that Maledicus is one of the most thought-provoking and mentally intriguing horror novels I have ever read. French’s work with character development and chapter design allowed for this novel to encapsulate the reader, feeling as though they were a part of the novel themselves. I am not typically a reader who enjoys history, as I find it quite bland and boring but I can confidently attest that the history presented in this novel is NOTHING like any other history work you will ever read. The ability for French to constantly switch between time periods, while simultaneously formulating a conscious narration is truly amazing and something that I have never seen so successfully done in a novel before.

French is able to successfully develop the perfect balance between horror and adventure/fantasy using vivid imagery to attract the reader’s attention. Set in the time period of the early roman empire, the story begins by telling the infamous tale of the creation of Maledicus, an evil demon who is threatening the lives of children and families. After the first chapter, the novel then flips to the present time and discusses the separate tale of three retired gentlemen, all of whom have lost someone close to them to death. Throughout the novel, French further develops each of these characters as individuals, oftentimes devoting a single chapter to track their progression and describe the individuals life and their admiration for their lost loved one. French, however, remembers to switch back, devoting many of his chapters to describe the past time period, as the reader is able to simultaneously track the progression of Maledicus and how he turned into the evil being that he is today. Ultimately, Charles French’s strength as a writer allows him to develop an intriguing story combining the two most powerful entities: fear and love. I would most definitely recommend this novel to any reader, no matter what genre you are typically drawn to, as French does a perfect job of incorporating several genres and melding them together to create a cohesive story.”

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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available on Amazon

How Are You Doing With Your Work In Progress?

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Hello to everyone! I hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy.

Since we all have to remain inside, I am hoping that everyone is doing well with their writing.

I am keeping a good pace with my first draft of book 3 of the Investigative Paranormal Society with about 1000 words a day. The initial draft should be done either at the end of the month or in the 1st week in May.

So, I ask all of you: how are you doing with your Work In Progress?

And remember, keep writing!

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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A Writing Check-in!

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Hello to all the writers out there!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

I wanted to ask how your writing is progressing. Are you working on a first draft or editing or both? I have been getting about 1000 words a day on my current first draft; I have about 37,000 now. I hope to be finished with that initial draft at the end of the month or early next month. Then it will be a month of revisions!

Now, this will be a bit of shameless self-promotion, but if you are having difficulty finishing your first draft, then please check out my book–Get The Draft Done! in which I offer strategies for finishing your first draft.

So, I ask all of you: how is your writing progressing?

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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available on Amazon

Two More Reviews of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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“Charles French has written horror so real, I had to put the book down. A few days later, I’d go back. Etc. The paranormal investigators were well-drafted and very interesting. Evil is not my bag but if it is yours, THIS is the book for you.”                                 

                                                                   Trace L. Hentz

 

“This book is excellent. Other than a few typos and moments of confusion, the overall book employs a multitude of themes including suspense, horror, and mystery. Beneath the gothic and dismal themes and storyline, love is what drives the plot and story. The book keeps you ‘wondering’ while also keeping you at the edge of your seat. Highly recommend this read!”

                                                                   Sergio Butron

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

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available on Amazon

April Promote Your Book Party!

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It is the beginning of a new month, of April, so let’s self-promote!  It is time to stand up and shout for your books! Come and join this party, and celebrate your writing. Do not be shy–you must be your own biggest promoter!

So, regardless of the genre, tell about your book.  Include where it can be found, and be proud of your writing! Then, so as many as possible can see this promotion for all, please reblog and tweet this post! Let us all help each other as much as possible!

Proclaim your book to the world!

And remember, always, keep writing!

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

GetthedraftdonepossEbookcover!-page-001

available on Amazon