I've been home from the Rainforest Writers Retreat for three days -- nearly as long as I was there -- but my head and heart are still in Quinault, Washington, watching the fog roll through the trees on the other side of the lake. Four days of relatively little structure, for writing, talking about writing, [...]

(see also: Lessons Learned #1) I finished writing the novel in the hotel lounge at the World Fantasy Convention. My editor was standing about fifty feet away at the time, so I had the rare opportunity to leap up, tell him I was done, and get a congratulatory hug right there on the spot. Then [...]

Greetings from 20,000 words. My Pathfinder Tales novel is about 1/4 complete! This draft will be about 80k, and then I'll go back in and flesh it out to its full 90-100k word count. Despite having worked on dozens of novels written by other people, this is the very first novel written by me. I don't [...]

It's hard to write at home. That's why writers go to coffee shops or find other secluded places. I find most public spots too distracting, and my favorite writing nook closes too early, so I took a friend up on an invitation to co-work on Saturday and Sunday. In child development, they call it parallel [...]

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So, I'm outlining a novel. Yes, a novel that I'm going to be writing. It's extremely exciting, settling in to write a novel that I'm passionate about. Outlining looked like it would be easy. This is how the book starts. This is what happens next. This is what happens after that. It's like cheating, deciding [...]


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