Category: Work In Progress

The Secret Service Agent: Editing Draft

We’re getting close!

This is what 5 hand written notebooks look like printed out!

Red marks.

Added notes and scenes.

How do you spell that again?

Discreet or Discrete?

What’s that dude’s name again, and what the hell was he wearing?

When did the bowtie disapear?

What floor are we on!?

Oh and page flags for more notes!



The Secret Service Agent: Second Draft

Once upon a time in a notebook far far away …

Well not that far away!

After the synopsis, research, and sketched out drawings the full story fills five composition notebooks.  (Got them cheap at an Office Max ‘Going out of Business’ sale!!! A writer’s dream!)

PS: Yes this was written out by hand … I do this the old fashioned way.  Lots of swearing and crossings out.  Oh and coffee, lots of coffee.


The Secret Service Agent: First Draft

As I get closer to finishing the last edits and prepping the book for publishing, I thought it would be cool to look back at the various stages of writing ‘TSSA’.

The first draft: Where the idea began and how it slowly came together.  It started off as 88 pages worth of simple concept, with notes, research, and even drawn out floor plans.  No detail is too small at this stage.

Work in Progress: The Nest

The Writing Nest!

This is a snapshot of my nest where I write daily.

I surround myself with inspirational images, along with items to help create descriptions that make the scene work.

My iPod, notebooks, dictionary, thesaurus and scattered Post-Its filled with thoughts, reminders, and added lines for a specific scene are all over the place.

Then there’s the pillows, blankets, water bottle, and life affirming coffee!

Once the story is written out, then the typing begins and the nest moves to the computer!


Work in Progress: Logistics

Logistics: the planning, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation – from

Or for a writer:

  • all set props: furniture, doors, and other scenery stays in the same spot through out the scene
  • if a character wears a blue waistcoat make sure it doesn’t turn black at some point in time
  • how many bullets have been fired?
  • wounds do not move around the body!
  • storyboarding works – as long as you keep to them
  • do not miss place your character
  • taking a week to figure out exactly how to kill the damn bad guy!


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