Finishing the novel

You’d think there would be fireworks when you type the two very last words to the novel you’ve been working on every day, the one you’ve lost sleep over as you wake up at 4:30am - even on days you accidentally went to bed after midnight. It’s almost expected that the ceiling to the dining... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2012

It's my favorite time of year - that time when I wake up earlier than anyone should have to naturally, pull out  my laptop, and write furiously on a daily basis, repeating the process until I have achieved enough words to make up the amount in a small novel - 50,000 words. November is National... Continue Reading →

My own shitty first draft

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right,... Continue Reading →

When the characters come to life

Thanks to a very vivid dream I had recently, I'm preparing to write my next novel.  I have the whole outline done and a list of the important characters with a few notes as to who they are in the margin.  And before I start the first sentence, I'm fleshing out a few of the... Continue Reading →

Beautiful nightmares make the best novels

I just woke up from an incredibly vivid dream. The emotions in it were so intense, sparking on every inner fear inside me regarding life & death, my relationship, and potential moments of jealousy. It threw them all in my face. It was so intense that I could almost physically feel anything I touched, particularly... Continue Reading →

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