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Friday Roundup, be here now

“You can’t ask for flowers– know what I mean– you either get’m or you don’t.”  –Liam Gallagher  Fall is (finally) here. This is what I’ve been up to for the first week in November:   What I’m reading:  The Killer Inside Me — Jim Thompson: A classic of neo-noir and American Crime with a forward by Stephen… Read more »

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5 Documentaries on Showing your Work

For inspiration on how to show your work , or to just get fired-up about the creative process in general, check out these five documentaries that take a look at the journey, the sweat, and the drama behind the finished product.   Oasis: Supersonic    Supersonic chronicles the hard work and brilliant musicianship that would catapult Oasis… Read more »

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Fiction Abortions

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while and you saw my recent post about starting a novel, you might be thinking: what about the one you were re-writing last year, or the one you drafted in 30 days? The answer: those are in the bin. I’ve written and thrown away three short novels:… Read more »

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Show Your Work!

 Yesterday’s blog post started as a long caption on Instagram, under a photo of my writing tools. I was sharing my stoke over starting a new novel–in the only way I can since I won’t say what it’s about until I have a draft–but I was also answering a prompt from Austin Kleon’s handy little book,  Show… Read more »

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I’m Writing a Novel, these are my tools.

It begins. I’m starting a novel. These are my tools: 4”x6” index cards — For my notes. The plastic box is a dumping ground for scene sketches, setting and character details, and random tidbits I don’t want to lose. I started filling the box before I had time to get real about starting a draft…. Read more »