All posts by Drew Schroeder

One Chapter Closer!

I just finished another chapter of Frigid Nights! I'm hoping to have the first draft finished within the next month or two and I will then be putting it to the side for at least a month before I take it through the first edit. That's when the real stress starts so I'm doing my ...

What I’ve Learned From Outlining

I hit a major slump in writing Frigid Nights and it seemed like there was no way out. I wrote myself into a position I thought I would never rise out of. Not because I screwed up and made massive plot mistakes that were catastrophic to the foundation of the story. I haven't found those ...

The End of the Year is Near

As yet another year draws to a close, we look forward to what 2019 has in store for us as many look back on 2018 and think of what a crap year it was. As for me, it wasn't bad. It had its ups and downs but I didn't find it to be particularly awful ...

Two More Officers Down

It's been a very sad year for Chicago as the Chicago Police Department suffers more loss as two officers, Ofc. Conrad Gary and Ofc. Eduardo Marmolejo, were struck by a high-speed train while investigating the area of a shots fired call in the 005th District. Both officers were fathers of young children, Ofc. Gary had ...

Censorship: My Unpopular Opinion

In the modern world filled with Social Justice Warriors and people who want to take offense to things on another's behalf, we are seeing a lot of censorship and it's astounding to see that people don't see it. As a writer, you use what words and phrases you need to use. The words that fit. ...

Christkindlmarket in Chicago

If you haven't been to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago, you should really take a trip down to the Daley Center and check it out. There's a bunch of small shops with German cuckoo clocks, tiny handcrafted German houses, and plenty of potato pancakes and bratwursts. It's actually pretty tiny for how much it's advertised ...

“That Is Why No One Will Remember Your Name.”

Consistency is key. Writing in spurts is a sure-fire way to ensure that your work won't get finished until years down the road. Writing each day, even just a little bit, helps establish the habit of writing consistently and allows you to progress your story at a steady pace. Ernest Hemingway would write 500 words ...

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