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A couple of weeks after that, Zebra Books phoned with an offer, and I accepted.
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Actually, the 14 novels were written over a period of just over 6 years.
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As well, short stories are hard to write.
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During that first year, I felt guilty that my wife was out working bringing in all our income, while I was at home playing on the computer, so I made myself treat writing like a job.
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Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously influenced me are a disparate bunch.
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For each book, the time is also broken up.
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For the novels I wrote before selling anything, I didn't outline much. I had a vague idea of the story.
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Horror was also very big in 1988.
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I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work, and I didn't stop until she got home.
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I spent two months on the first draft, working 8 hours a day, five days a week.
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I started with a book called Scottish Tales and Legends, which was full of witches, banshees, kelpies, and the like.
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I usually spend a month developing the idea into an outline. Two to three months to write the first draft. Another month or six weeks to revise.
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I work mornings, and in the afternoons I do stuff with the kids (three of them now).
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I'd been reading horror for years.
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I'd been writing in my spare time for years and had even finished a number of novels that I'd tried, unsuccessfully, to sell.
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I'm a fan of short horror fiction... in fact, the most memorable horror I've read is of the short variety... but I have a hard time pulling it off myself.
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I've been reading horror since I was five years old.
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I've devoted a lot of my time and effort during the past few years to developing my advertising copywriting business to the point of where I can support my family and don't have to depend on writing fiction for my income.
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I've got a near complete horror novel at my desk, plus a number of short stories, plus preliminary outlines for two other novels.
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In November of 1987, I decided that I had to make a serious run at becoming a professional fiction writer, or forget about it completely.
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In the first year, 1988, I wrote and sold 3 novels.
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Many of my novels, though marketed as Horror, are actually SF novels in disguise.
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Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror, and the novel I'd just finished was horror, too.
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On the other hand, now that I'm not dependent on fiction for my income, I've been writing more short stories despite the fact that there's no real paying market for short horror other than Cemetery Dance.
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So, I outlined a horror novel and started writing.
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So, in effect, my first sale was actually two books.
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Something is always in the works.
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The benefit of this kind of outlining is that you discover a story's flaws before you invest a lot of time writing the first draft, and it's almost impossible to get stuck at a difficult chapter, because you've already done the work to push through those kinds of blocks.
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The downside is that you've outlined so thoroughly that the actual writing can be a bore, and that can come through in the writing.
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The way I outline has changed quite a bit from when I first started writing.
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Trying to break into the horror market seemed natural.
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When I decided to take writing seriously, I did a lot of reading and analyzing of the books I liked, and came up with what I thought were pretty sound plotting and structure basics.
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When I was a teenager, I got into SF, quite heavily, and that too has had a major impact on my writing.
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