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ANXIETY PART I This one is more compli­cated. Or at least it is on the inside of my head. So, let’s start with a digres­sion. An anec­dote. A friend of mine in real life, who also writes, once asked me a ques­tion. It was pretty simple. “What are you thinking about?” “I’m thinking about the struc­ture of this book.” (I don’t remember which book, but it was one I was writing, and not one I was reading, and yes, the distinc­tion does make a differ­ence.) “What else are you thinking?” “I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to help Older Son sleep at night.” “What else are you thinking?” “I’m thinking that I don’t have enough things in place to write the Dragon Court book I want … Continue reading 

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Yesterday, on the way home from a memo­rial service for my high school English Teacher, I returned to revi­sions on the inside of my head. It was better than traffic. (I’m a passenger; I don’t have a driver’s license.) I realize that I have forgotten an iter­a­tion of revising that very first book for publi­ca­tion. When Veronica made her offer for the first book of the Book of the Sundered series, I was ecstatic. This meant the book I’d written was publish­able, right? I’d finally gotten it right! …Well, no. What it meant was a long contract and a lack of guilt when she asked me for revi­sions – because now that they had made an offer on the book, she didn’t feel guilty about asking for work that might lead … Continue reading 

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If you find you are getting too many blog-post emails and you really don’t want them, you can subscribe to the news only mailing list which I promise not to inun­date. So: before I talk about revi­sions, and what that meant at the time, I want to talk a little bit about a couple of other things. A writer has to learn to handle critiques, because you are going to get them. If from no one else, then from your editor. There are things that are not clear, and things that make no sense (because you’ve left some of the sensible parts on the inside of your head. “But – I explained all that!” “No, you didn’t.” “But I did.” Michelle thinks about this because she is certain … Continue reading 

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I’m honestly not certain who is inter­ested in these posts – except me. I am clearly inter­ested in them. Bits and pieces of what becomes a post have been floating in the back brain, and I’ve returned to them time and again. Prac­ti­cally speaking, leaving the entire musing and contem­pla­tion aside, “Just write” is the only correct advice. But… writing can be isolating in many ways. Finding explicit How To, taking courses that teach explicit How To, finding authors who have written distinct How To (and to be fair to them, they are trying to be useful and they are cutting down the musing to get to what seems the skeleton, the bones, of process) are often meant as advice, as dictum. I am, … Continue reading 

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ETA: So many typos T_T I want to take a small detour to talk about outlines – the thing I don’t write. I want to close the gap between outlines and pantsing a bit. And I want to make clear that nothing about either is cut and dried. When I finished the Books of the Sundered, I real­ized the thing that had really, really slowed me down was lack of concrete details in my world­building. I had a story I wanted to tell — and this story became the two book Sacred Hunt, the Hunter duology. (For the record, I thought it was one book when I started it.) The scene that came to me was the end of Stephen’s arc, and to me it was really strong. But I had to, once again, build … Continue reading