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Brain on fire

My brain is on fire. In a good way. I’m not officially participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m still writing as much as possible. One of the benefits of working on my book every day is something I’ve noticed during NaNo in years past: The more I write, the more ideas come to me

You’ve got talent

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein My grandma once told me that she had no talent. I was only sixteen, but even then I knew enough to be sad that she believed it. I also thought she was wrong. Okay, sure, she couldn’t play piano, or paint, or

Power of the prompt

For more than a year, I wrote a weekly blog post called The Sunday Squirrel. I picked a word or concept as a prompt and wrote a short scene about it. The scenes were written and published immediately, with minimal editing. Looking back, I’m shocked that I was brave enough to put the results of

Breaking through the wall

What do you do when you hit a wall in your writing? I’m under a tight—self-imposed—deadline to get Blind Justice to my editor and I was absolutely stuck on how to approach the climactic scene. I only work with loose outlines and don’t usually have a solid idea for the ending until I’m more than

Siesta time

In many parts of the world, a midday nap is part of the culture. Apparently, I live in the wrong country. For years I’ve taken a ribbing from my family and friends over my love of naps. I’m not just a ten-minute-rest kind of napper. Nope. Not me. If I lay down in the afternoon,

An idea whose time has come

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living.  ~Anais Nin People often ask writers where their ideas come from. I even find myself wondering the same thing after I read a great book. The answers? Everywhere, nowhere, hard work. We get them from things we see in our