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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.

Finishing the book

In the last two calendar years I wrote 245,000 words of fiction without completing a single novel. In fact, until Monday, I hadn’t written “The End”—actually I don’t write that anyway—on a fiction manuscript since I finished the first draft of Blind Fury in December 2011. Which makes Monday’s finish of the first draft of

Igniting the writing

My writing brain is on fire! In a good way. It’s because of NaNoWriMo. One of the things I like best about participating is that it reminds me of a few key points that I seem to forget over the course of the year. For example, when I’m stuck on a current or future plot

Retreat from solitude

Writing is often a solitary profession, and though the Internet can provide us with the networking and learning opportunities we need, nothing compares to getting out and mingling with other writers. I spent the weekend at my local RWA chapter’s annual retreat in a cute college town in Maryland. The mini-conference eats up precious time