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I Took A Year Off Writing Novels.

(Here’s what I did instead.) Last November I decided to take a year off from writing novels. A Real Somebody was ready for querying, and I thought the manuscript was in great shape, but I’d thought that about my last two manuscripts, and they did not find homes.  Was this life’s way of telling me I should just move on? If so, I was willing. But I’d been writing novels every weekday morning since 2006! What was I supposed to… Read More »I Took A Year Off Writing Novels.

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Do Your Own Work

Most of the time I’m all encouragement and you-go-get-‘em on here. My purpose with this blog is to light a fire under writers and get them working. If you are someone that has a strong desire to tell a story, and if the idea that you might die before you write it keeps you up at night, I hope you’ll dive into these posts and find all the tips, tricks, courage and positivity you need to get started. I will… Read More »Do Your Own Work

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