Why writing a first draft is like performing stand-up with hecklers

This was so much fun to read!

Michael Stephen Daigle

“She…”

Who’s that?

What?

Who’s she?

The woman in the story. I don’t know. I haven’t named her yet.

How are we supposed to like her if she hasn’t got a name?

How do you know you’re supposed to like her? Maybe she’s a thief.

Is she going to be a thief?

Possibly. Maybe I want to save that detail as a surprise to the reader.

Readers don’t like surprises.

Um, “Marylyn…”

That’s a weird spelling.

“Alright. “Marilyn…”

No. Too Marilyn Monroe-ish.

What?

You’ll need a male character who looks like Clark Gable.

I’m not writing a 1950s black-and-white movie.

Nice hyphens.

Look, I’ll call her George or Bill. It disguises her sexuality.

Oh, how au currant.

Could I just write something?!

Sure. Go head. We’ll wait.

Alright. “She banged her head…”

Name!

“George banged her head on the locked front door glass when she realized she had left her…

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‘Who Shot the Smart Guy at the Blackboard?’ to be released Nov. 24 on Kindle Unlimited

Coming November 24th! “Who Shot The Smart Guy At The Blackboard”, a short story by Michael Stephen Daigle!

Michael Stephen Daigle

“Who Shot the Smart Guy at the Blackboard?”
 is the quick story about an encounter between Cassie Blondell, a federal attorney and political operative, and Derek Mainly, a newspaper reporter.

It will be released by Imzadi Publishing Nov. 24 as an ebook on KINDLE UNLIMITED. Cost  99 cents. Look for more information on the book link closer to the release date.

The is a fun story: quick, funny, sexy and tongue-in-cheek.

The title was suggested by Dave White, a New Jersey mystery writer (http://www.davewhitebooks.com/) at a panel run amok at this year’s NJBOOKS2017.

A sample: “Cassie Blondell stood alone in the driveway, bathed in the soft combined glow of a streetlight and house-mounted spotlights. Her hair was golden and her figure was framed so perfectly by the lights Mainly dwelled on the thought of how beautiful she was, and forgot for a moment that she really disliked him…

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Creating Frank Nagler; ‘Just Come Home’ the prequel

A new Frank Nagler mystery is heading your way!

Michael Stephen Daigle

With a character  like Ironton, N.J.’s Detective Frank Nagler, the subject of three books, the question is how did he get to the spot he is in?  That what I’m try to answer in the prequel to the three mysteries so far. This one of called “Just Come Home.”

It will with luck explain about his wife, Martha, the city of Ironton, the serial killer, Charlie Adams, and Frank.

Here’s a look:

Frank Nagler slipped the blue jacket over his shoulders, and with a shimmy, pulled at the lapels to square it up.

It was Martha’s idea that he needed new clothes for his new job. He would have been happy just to wear his comfortable brown jacket, even if the elbows were shiny, but she insisted. At least he had his old, worn-in shoes.

She had dragged him to Benny’s Menswear where for an hour she had him model suits…

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