When it’s broken.

My wife put down my Kindle and looked at me, clearly trying to think of what words to use. “Just tell me,” I said. “The side plot between these characters is a much more interesting story than the main character.” I took a…

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Revisions. Revisions. Revisions.

I am 40% through my first revision. It’s like walking through mud towards an amusement park and it’s the only way inside. Why? Because instead of pushing through until the end (that thing I keep encouraging people to do) I…

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A book shaped thing.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Seriously. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to have finished writing a novel. Unless you’ve done it, you just don’t understand. Over the past four days, I’ve been on fire — surging out words in…

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Read. Read. Read.

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. Stephen King said that. And it’s completely true. Reading is a tool for writers. It’s a better tool than those self-help books for…

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Keep going.

I don’t know who originally said it, or in what context, but a quote that always stuck with me was, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I think sometimes this perfectly sums up the first draft. You could also…

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