Writing the Second Novel: What I’m Doing Differently

This month, I completed and published my first novel, Bay City Runaway, and last week I dusted off an older project and began writing it.  It's a different kind of novel--more of a mystery and perhaps less emotionally intense.  Bay City was rather dark and moody--like me sometimes. I constructed a scant three-act outline for …

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Balancing a Day Job with Writing a Book

Writers and would-be writers may dream of making a full-time career of writing, but that is becoming an increasingly rare option. Traditionally-published authors are not getting the kinds of advances they used to receive and independently published authors often spend more money than they make, so we must have day jobs to support ourselves and …

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Bay City Runaway in Paperback

David Wilson-Burns, author of Whiff and My Wife Says I’m Complicated, offers his gritty and emotionally potent debut novel, Bay City Runaway, a story of two runaways finding each other in their escape from abuse and tragedy. James, a thirty-something software wiz with a drinking problem, runs away to San Francisco to escape a tragedy …

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Whiff and The Smell Collector

Still my most popular stories, Whiff: A Novella and The Smell Collector are certainly still available to read for free online. "The Smell Collector" was a serial I published many years ago.  It is a whimsical and quirky story of a man with limited social skills and an extraordinary sense of smell.  For a full blurb …

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Back on Track with Bay City Runaway

About ten years ago I wrote ten short parts of a web serial called Bay City Runaway.  Here's a five chapter teaser.  It's about an alcoholic who has left Oklahoma in the 2000s to live in San Francisco to get away from his old life and the demons that haunt him, and his entanglement with a …

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