November 11, 2017

People always tell me they want to write a book. They ask me how to do it, how I did it. I give them the answer and most people lose interest when they hear how much work it is. I tell them about book proposals, and research, and agents, and editors, and publishers, and marketing. I tell them that they will not be the next J.K. Rowling. They probably won’t even be the next Dawn Dais.

Recently someone wrote to me asking about the financial aspects of writing books. They wanted to know how much money they can make writing books. I told them about the tiny advance I received for my first book and the very large amount I spent p...

November 2, 2017

The other day I was very tired. I feel like that should be known before reading the rest of this story.

I got some stuff at the store and opened one of the minivan's magic doors to throw the item inside the car. I got in the car and pulled out of the parking spot. I started driving away.

I should also mention I'm very hard of hearing.

I heard voices. I couldn't tell where they were coming from. Was the DVD player on? Was the van talking to me? It's a new van, it has lots of features. Maybe it's talking to me.

The voices got louder. I turned down the DVD player. I'm still driving in the parking lot. I start looking around the...

November 2, 2017

I saw this "The Writing Process" guide hanging in my kid's class the other day. I decided to update it for those of you starting National Novel Writing Month today. Make sure to follow all of the steps for best results.

Did I miss any steps?

#nanowrimo #amwriting #amcussing #amcrying

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Dawn is a mom, writer, and designer from Sacramento, CA. She is tired.

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