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Work in Progress Writing

Why I’m a Planner, Not a Pantser

Yesterday I wrote about completing the initial draft of the novel, and being unhappy with both the process and the result. I’m a planner, not a pantser, but I was trying to take a more freewheeling approach with this book. It was not fun, and the book is not good. Today I want to take a […]

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Work in Progress Writing

The First Draft is Complete: Learnings

With almost three weeks left to spare, I have reached the first milestone with the novel. The first draft is complete. That said, I kind of hate it and don’t expect much of it to survive revision. What’s important is that I managed to do it at all. I started writing it on 1 December […]

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Journal Writing

When the World is Running Down

The building is quiet, and I’ve been getting quite a bit of writing done. There’s the minimum amount of snow outside needed to make things white, and enough slowly-returning daylight to keep things bright. The heater works. We have ample supplies of coffee and milk. Next to me is a small stack of book and […]

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Going Full Recluse

The new desk, as a matter of necessity, had prompted a cleaning spree. I’d purchased some bins and containers to better organize things, and in the sorting process a lot of things were flagged to later disposal. A key element was simply starting the new desk with only the few things I knew I’d need. […]

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After Five Years, I’m Getting a Desk

After five years, I’m getting a desk. When my wife Katie and I arrived in Finland in 2014, we were fortunate to have a furnished apartment waiting for us. It was a dorm-style setup, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. No living room. Each of the bedrooms had a bed, a desk, and […]