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New year, old process

This is the year I start owning my writing process. Quit calling it horrible, or slow. Embrace it. This is the year I recognize that doing it my way has helped me produce nine manuscripts, six published novels, a 400-page published work of nonfiction, dozens of short stories, over 250K words of blog posts, and

How to fail at writing

  I’m all for the idea that failure is merely figuring out what doesn’t work, finding out where you need to focus your energy, and that it’s an important part of the learning process that we often stigmatize to our detriment. However, I really wish my method for producing a novel didn’t resemble Edison’s light

Facing the blank canvas

The ability to write anything is scary. I liken it to being given a blank canvas and told to “Paint something.” It’s paralyzing. But if the same person gave you the canvas and said, “Paint a tree,” you’d probably think for a minute about what a tree looks like to you, and then dive in.