Posts Tagged ‘WritersNotebook’

In praise of the writer’s notebook…

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I’m addicted to my writer’s notebooks. Have been since college. My writer’s notebook is where the ideas that matter (to my books and to my life) start percolating.

How I use the notebooks has changed over time. In fact, when I … Read more

 

Now Go Write: Write Blind

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Who knows what your hands will see when you cover your eyes and write blind…

It’s a new year, and you are looking to start things off right. Set some goals, sure, but most of all, go write. Here’s … Read more

 

How to be grateful (courtesy of Belfast skies)

The skirt of the storm.

Last night I stumbled across these entries written in one of my notebooks during a trip to Belfast in 2005. I’ve typed it up for you because I still feel the same way about skies. And gratitude. Turns out I’m … Read more

 

Low-tech Writing Strategies

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Recently I blogged about my favorite high-tech writing tool, Scrivener. Today, though, a bit about the benefits of going low-tech–at least some of the time.

It’s not just me, either. Award-winning author Neal Stephenson describes how writing with … Read more

 

Becoming a Finisher: Imagining Success as a Writer (and making it happen)

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 In a writing workshop, Karen Joy Fowler once told us aspiring writing types that she had encountered many writers she believed were more talented than she was who nevertheless failed to make it into print. (FYI: Karen is an amazing … Read more

 

From My Writer’s Notebook: (Bad) Get-Rich-Quick Advice

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So every once and a while my writing group will do a writing exercise together. I think these are great because they produce surprises. Lots of times lazy me writes things that I can use in my current book … Read more

 

Writing Strategy Revealed: Backwards isn’t Bad When Outlining (from my writer’s notebook)

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I do notebooks full of prewriting (zero-drafting in my world) before officially “starting” a novel, but I don’t outline before writing. It just doesn’t work for me.

Outlining does work for me, though, in the middle of a project … Read more

 

The Things Characters Carry & Chekhov’s Gun

Even when a character’s daily essentials don’t actually make the final cut of the novel, I like to know what he or she carries around. In The Knife and the Butterfly, Azael carries just about everything he’s got (which isn’t … Read more

 

The personal and the universal: is Marisa me?

This is a page from my writer’s notebook back before the story for What Can’t Wait even existed, back when I was just doing exploratory writing to find my way into the characters. 

People often ask me, “how much of … Read more

 

Bad Day Antidotes

This is a page from my writer’s notebook after an especially wrenching day back in 2006.

Possibly I have given the impression that my days teaching in Houston were nothing but hard work and success. This is what happens when … Read more

 
 
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