Almost without fail, whenever I see an acquaintance at the grocery store, a friend at a party, or a relative at a holiday gathering, I am asked the same question: “So, are you still writing?” Now, this question comes in different forms, but whether it’s “Are you working on any books right now?” or “I […]
Adding a bundle of joy to your family requires time, energy, money—and apparently, the opinions of dozens of other people. The usual pregnancy icebreakers are acceptable—“When are you due?” “Is it a boy or a girl?”—but there are many less-charming conversational nuggets that make pregnant women want to tear out their hair. 1. “Was it […]
Back in 2009, I thought I was about to hit the big time. I’d written a book, you see. A novel, actually. A YOUNG ADULT novel. Because dang it, if Stephenie Meyer could do it, I could do it, too. And with the optimistic encouragement of my then-agent, who truly felt that my book would […]
Do you guys remember that super awesome plotting system I started using a few months back? Man, I LOVE THAT SYSTEM. It has worked better than anything else I’ve ever tried. I have HALF of a first draft written! It’s exciting. It’s rewarding. It’s… …half of what I was supposed to have at this point. Because when […]
BEHOLD. I HAVE MADE YOU A VIDEO. It is about my new system for organizing and drafting a novel. Warning: it is almost 8 minutes long and I filmed it in my bedroom. Enjoy!