Julie Oldham Writes


We are all the way up to Chapter Twenty in our journey through my very first novel.  There are twenty-four chapters total, so we are wrapping it up soon.  What would you like to see next? Novel Three continues in the planning phase, kicking and screaming.  I’m using Scrivener, Excel, Aeon Timeline, Wonderdraft, and Scapple to organize it as much as possible in the hopes of having a usable outline at the… Read More

Greetings and happy Sunday!  I’ve sent off the third draft of my second novel, Dragon Herald, to some readers.  This week, I’m working on the outline for the third novel, The Sister’s Mage.  If everything works according to plan, it might be ready to draft in time for Nanowrimo.  We’ll see! Here’s chapter 19 of Defiant while we wait!

Wow!  It has been one week since the Writing Excuses Cruise, and another change from last year is I have all the energy in the world to write.  I’m wrapping up the third draft of my second novel.  Once it is out to readers, I’ll continue planning the third novel, and then start drafting it sometime in November or December. We’re on to Chapter Eighteen in my first novel, Defiant.  As a… Read More

Quick post today as I’m preparing to leave the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat.  I’ve had a fantastic time, met a lot of great people, and learned new writing things. Look for a post later recapping my thoughts, but in the meantime, have a sunset! If you’re new to this party, I’m posting my first novel one chapter at a time.  I wrote the entirety of this story before my first Writing… Read More

I am posting this to you well in advance of when it will show up on Sunday because Sunday is the day I will board the ship for the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat. I’m on a boat!  And if you don’t catch that reference, don’t worry about it.  But I do hope you enjoy Chapter Sixteen and remember to like me on Facebook!

News! I’ve dropped Twitter. I tried it for two years, and I just can’t get into it. Don’t despair dear readers though, you can find me on Facebook. Check out my new writer page via the link to the right. Like the page to see updates from me on Facebook. Please note that Facebook probably won’t show you all my posts, so if you really like me, you can tell Faceboook notify… Read More

Greetings, a day late.  The holiday weekend threw me off.  I met with my most excellent writing group last night, and was reminded they are most excellent.  I have the best writing group, full of wise and encouraging people.  And now I’m motivated to continue with draft #3 of Dragon Herald, which slowed down considerably this week.  I don’t have that much more to go!  I can do it! For now, enjoy… Read More

In last week’s post, I detailed my hopeful plan for the next few months.  Things are going well, and I’ve done nine of twenty-eight chapters of the third draft of THE DRAGON HERALD. I’ve read a lot online recently about how to track progress writing.  Many people use word count, but that only works when you’re writing words.  Writing involves a lot more than banging out words at the keyboard.  Last week,… Read More

This was a busy week for writing! I finished the first draft of the first chapter of my third book, currently called THE LADY’S MAGE.  I wanted to finish this up now because I may have the opportunity to have it reviewed in a critique group on the Writing Excuses Conference and Retreat (and Cruise). Once I was finished with that, I worked on a query letter for the second novel (DRAGON… Read More

This week was crazy with a wedding and work travel, but I pondered my next novel while driving.  I have the basics of the characters, setting, and conflict.  The plot is sketchy at parts, but my characters don’t know how to solve the conflict yet either, so I have some time. The second novel is still in progress, don’t worry.  I’m letting it rest for a bit, and then I’ll go back… Read More

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