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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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Restoration and Repair

Besides dead malls, my other current obsession, which is slowly creeping into my work-in-progress, is the “restoration and repair” genre on YouTube. People take old junk, from metal Tonka toys to antique radios to padlocks, refinish them, and make them like new. While I don’t quite get why you’d spend two weeks and a hundred […]

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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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Second Guessing My Audience

One of the reasons I decided to pursue a novel was to create something expressly for myself. It’s a common aphorism to tell writers to write what they’d like to read. We all use writing as a vehicle to say what we want to say. For me there’s also an element of not having to […]

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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 […]