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The Two-Month Countdown and the One-Track Mind

Today is November 15. That means I have two months to finish* this Thing* and turn it in.

*Just finish the first draft—there will be revisions! 1,102 more words


Writing a Novel and Seeking the Magic Fix

I am writing what will be my fifth published novel. Five is a number I like, so you’d think this would be a glorious experience, but nothing is ever as easy as I’d hope it to be, most of all writing. 1,213 more words


Facing Down the Doubt Monster

Oh, fellow writers. So, while I work on the revision of what will be my fourth published novel (my sixth written novel, and none of this is counting any of the work-for-hire novels I’ve ghostwritten), I look up and keep seeing this ugly face in the mirror. 1,071 more words


On Deadlines (Oh, How I Love a Solid Deadline)

First off, in case I haven’t been talking about it enough and boring you with it, I have a deadline. You haven’t heard? So it’s November 1, and it’s the deadline to turn in the first official draft of my new novel to my new publisher. 1,232 more words


The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words

I am home now, from a stroke of good luck: a two-week “emergency residency” at the MacDowell Colony, a perfect artists’ colony in New Hampshire. I decided to do something different while there. 1,158 more words


A Gift from the Writing Gods: The Emergency Writing Cave

I am writing my book.

I have been writing my book for months and months.

My book—the first draft—is due November 1.

I’ve tried to… 558 more words


A Dream

I had a dream that I had a magic wand. It was pink, with glitter. (I do not like the color pink, but go with me on this.) I could wave the wand and it would give me completed manuscripts. 228 more words