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Do You Use the Same Process for Every Novel

Today’s question is whether I use the same process for every novel, or if I take a different tack every time. In the past I would say that I had a consistent methodology over time. While things would evolve slightly as I found better ways of doing things, that was still an outgrowth of the […]

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Writing at the Same Time Each Day

Because I have the privilege of doing this for a living, it’s easier for me to be writing at the same time each day. That doesn’t mean that I spend 8 hours per day at the keyboard. There are so many other essential tasks involved that non-writers don’t seem to understand. There are dedicated blocks […]

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Where Do You Write the Most?

My wife Katie is an artist and educator, and I am a writer. We both work from home. Our one-bedroom apartment is comfortable, but small. This means that we don’t have dedicated work space. She’s taken over the living room, save for comfy chairs that face the TV. Consequently, that’s her studio. I’ve taken over […]

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Coming Up with Titles

My least favorite thing to do is coming up with titles. I used to be good at it. A play on words, something from a famous quote, it all fell into place rather easily. Now a quick Google search inevitably seems to turn up a similar project already using the name. It bothers me so […]

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Coming Up with Character Names

There was a time when I owned an extensive collection of baby name books. Coming up with character names was a time-consuming process. Now I use random name generator websites, which has sped up the process considerably. For incidental characters, where I might just need a first or last name, I’ll generate 10 or 25 […]