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WFMAD Day 18 – Revision Roadmap

Tweet   The process of Boiling Down The Bones (aka Revision) is the hardest part of the writing process to teach, but I'll give a shot. I'm starting with one massive assumption – you understand that nobody writes a publishable first draft and everyone's work can be made better with revision. For the record, my novels […]
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WFMAD Day 17 – The Bones of Writing – Part 2

Tweet   People sometimes ask me to quantify how much time I spend in the different stages of the writing process. That’s a tough question. If you held my favorite teddy bear hostage and forced me to answer, I’d say roughly 5% goes to Pondering and Mucking Around, 15% is spent Scribbling, 70% is Boiling […]
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WFMAD Day 16 – The Bones of the Writing Process – Part 1

Tweet     We suck at teaching writing. We use beige, dust-covered words and arrange them in well-balanced, useless diagrams like this….     … and then we roll our eyes when students say they hate writing. We are idiots. It’s time to rename the stages of writing. We’re writers, right? (Try saying that fast three […]
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WFMAD Day 15 – Should You Censor Yourself?

Tweet   Banned Books Week kicks off today which makes this a great time to discuss writing about sensitive topics. Should you think about the possibility that your book will be censored? What are your responsibilities to your readers?     When I was writing SPEAK, I never thought that it might be censored. The possibility that the […]
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WFMAD Day 14 – The Magic Word That Destroys Writer’s Block

Tweet   Sorry for the delay in this post, you guys. Some random, flatulant demon farted near an underground cable yesterday and temporarily removed my website from the Internet. A crew of dedicated technicians expelled the demon and worked feverishly through the night and so here we are. Thanks for your patience. (If you ever see a demon in […]
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WFMAD Day 13 – The Roots of Writer’s Block

Tweet     Writer's block is so feared, that I wonder if all writers should avoid even saying or writing the words, the way that Macbeth is known in the theater as "The Scottish Play." Maybe we could call WB "The Dread Condition" or "The Foul Muse." A few writer's don't believe in The Dread Condition, […]
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WFMAD Day 12 – Start at the End or End With the Beginning?

Tweet     Question: "I'm terrible at writing endings, how do you move past that?"   I have an advanced degree in Struggling To Figure Out How To End My Book. I am both an expert at this question and I dread it.     But I'll give it my best shot. The endings to my […]
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WFMAD Day 11 – Do Writers Need An Internet Platform?

Tweet     A couple of great questions came in the other day: "How important is your internet presence? How has it changed over the years? [How important do you think it is] to new writers?" Oh, man. This requires one of those "on the one hand, on the other hand, on the third hand" answers.   […]
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WFMAD Day 10 – When A New Idea Seduces You

Tweet     Buzzfeed recently published a cute piece called "The 14 Stages of Writing A Book." (Go ahead – take a minute to enjoy it. But hurry back.)     The only thing missing is Stage 10.1: "When Another Story Idea Seduces You." You know this stage, right? You're working on your story, faithfully […]
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WFMAD Day 9 – Dangerous Parasites

Tweet I debated for a long time about this post. I generally try to stay postive when I'm talk about writing and making art. The world can be a harsh place, right? I didn't want to add to that negativity.  But evil festers in darkness.   I want to talk about the people who are shitting on […]
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