Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector

Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector

Tales of the Twisted Eden Sector is a series of short stories that all take place in different times to different people who live and sometimes even work in a very unusual place. The affectionately named Twisted Eden Sector is home to the busiest branch of the Syndicate, an organization whose sole purpose is to cover up the existence of magic and nothing else.

Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector
Office

Office

Series: Office, Book 3
It was just a normal day in the office. More info →
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Simya Academy

Simya Academy

Dawn, a student at the mysterious Simya Academy, realizes that there is something a little strange about her school. More info →
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Backstreets

Backstreets

Series: Backstreets, Book 2
Be careful when you stumble into the backstreets. More info →
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Graffiti – A Short Story

Graffiti – A Short Story

Series: Backstreets, Book 2.4
Matt just wanted to go spray paint a few walls to unwind. More info →
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Toys – A Short Story

Toys – A Short Story

Series: Backstreets, Book 2.1
There is no better friend to a young boy than his teddy bear. Mikey's bear, Raphael, is better than most. More info →
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Syndicate

Syndicate

Series: Syndicate, Book 1
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The mysterious Syndicate struggles to hold the balance, and a few unlucky souls get drawn into events they could never prepare for. More info →
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Terror Twins – A Short Story

Terror Twins – A Short Story

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Series: Syndicate, Book 1.3
He just had to talk to a couple of kids. He wasn't scared of a couple of kids. More info →
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Blast – A Short Story

Blast – A Short Story

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Series: Syndicate, Book 1.2
Trista feels like she is being followed by a strange green glow. Her boyfriend, Norm, doesn't see a thing. More info →
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Chief – A Short Story

Chief – A Short Story

Series: Syndicate, Book 1.1
Gabe just wanted to bring his wife back from the dead. Was that really so much to ask? More info →
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Good Luck on NaNoWriMo #IWSG

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It’s already a week into it and I know more than a few people who are working their asses off trying to get their first novels written. I’m opting out yet again this year, being a bit tired after finishing that last book and wanting a bit of a break, but I’ll be on the sidelines cheering those doing the challenge on.

Given the challenge, though, I can offer a few words of advice. Sitting down and writing the first draft all at once as quickly as I can is how I generally work, with the editing waiting until after I’m completely done with the first draft.

Don’t look back. Some of it is just going to suck and you can end up doubting yourself and your abilities if you look back on what you’ve already done. If you added something you think you might need later, keep a notebook handy and just jot down notes as you’re writing to keep yourself from looking on your work in progress and being tempted to rewrite everything right there.

If you do end up looking back, don’t delete the stuff you wrote. You’d think this was obvious, but not always. If you can’t stand to look at it, just change the text colour to white and you won’t have to look at it anymore. If you absolutely must rewrite it right now, write the new version of the scene below the old one and make a note saying there are two versions. When you come back to edit later, you’ll be able to see which version worked better.1

Remember that editing is a thing that can, will and must happen. The first draft is the most fun you are going to have with the story, so you might as well actually have fun with it. If you have an idea or want to try something, you might as well. You won’t know if you like it until you see it all in context. It doesn’t have to be good yet, it just has to be written. It is significantly harder to make something good if you don’t have something there to work with in the first place, so don’t stress too much about making this first draft good. Try to have fun with it.

Lastly, just take it a word at a time. You can do this. Good luck.

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  1. And the new version is now always the one that works better. Sometimes what you thought was awful originally actually works much better and it’s just not as well written. []
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