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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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David Milch on writing and God

Tweet “When you are not writing, you’re going to be sad. You are going to feel inadequate. You are going to feel untalented. You are going to feel incompetent. It’s crucially important to understand that the impulse to write is a reaching out to God.” —David Milch, creator of Deadwood and so much more, in […]
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Knocking off the rust

Tweet I feel like my blogging skills have gotten a bit rusty since the book tour. Sorry about that, friends. I promise to try harder. Sometimes the problem is that the kind of thoughts that I want to put into a blog post feel like they will need hours of writing and shaping, and then […]
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Finding Light in the Winter Bleakness of Rejection

Tweet As we approach Winter Solstice and Christmas (and just enjoyed Hannukah), your thoughts are likely drawn to the way we crave light in the darkness. If you are a writer, this means your thoughts drift to rejection. I wrote a guest blog post on how to triage rejection pain over at The Debutante Ball. […]
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WFMAD Day 30 – your time is your currency

TweetMy friend Susan Campbell Bartoletti has a new book out: They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. You should buy it and read it. Five reviewing publications have given it stars (so far). Sue has written a fascinating account of her research trip to Arkansas to attend a KKK Congress. […]
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WFMAD Day 29 – Question Day Two

Tweet More questions today, with the added bonus of answers!! ::shoos chickens out of way:: Not sure if you can answer this, but how do the covers of books get chosen? It’s kind of a mystery to me, too. Publishers have departments of people who are artists. They have other departments filled with sales and […]
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WFMAD Day 27 – Friday five for your writing

Tweet Bookavore, bookseller extraordinaire at WORD in Brooklyn (and my oldest kid) has weighed in with a resolution to remedy the mud-slinging that seems to be heating up between adult “literary fiction” authors and adult “genre fiction” authors. (You haven’t heard about the feud? Details here.) If you, too, were a Model UN nerd in […]
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WFMAD Day 26 – Wild Spirits Soaring

Tweet Two quick reviews for you: Reading Rants weighs in on FORGE and WINTERGIRLS reviewed in Colorado. How did your writing go yesterday? Mine floooowed. Like creekwater after a thunderstorm. Sugar pouring from a blue china bowl. Like round hips swaying under a loose skirt to a hot salsa trumpet. Seriously. It was that good. […]
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