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The Myth of Flow

I first started taking my writing seriously in 2006 after spectacularly walking out of my day job. I had one week of day care that was already paid for, and after that my day job would become parenting two pre-schoolers. Any writing would happen while they were sleeping. A novel had been developing inside me for almost a year. I worked in a brewery and, inside my head, I plotted out a mystery novel set in a brewery as I… Read More »The Myth of Flow

Why is Writing SO Hard?

As I write this, the sky is filled with smoke from fires in Washington and Oregon, smoke that is reaching all the way across Canada. It’s hard to go outside, even to walk to the car, never mind go for a walk. Living in a rural area, the fact that we can still get outside and hike, go to the beach and the many parks in this area has made the pandemic somewhat bearable. Now it really feels like the… Read More »Why is Writing SO Hard?

Five Reasons I Hate Giving Publishing Advice

(It’s not that I don’t want to help you. Honest.) You’ve just finished a writing project that you’ve been working on for months, or years. It was way harder than you ever expected and finishing it was a damn miracle. Now you’re done and you’re looking around and saying, now what? How do you get this thing you worked so hard on published? And then you remember that author you know, or the one your friend said they knew. They… Read More »Five Reasons I Hate Giving Publishing Advice