So you wanted to know about process

on January 14, 2016

Okay, maybe not YOU, but a writer pal asked in December if I would write a post about my research process, and I said SURE. Here’s the most important thing to remember: I AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING. Everything I read, everything I watch on TV or film, everything I take in is fodder for work. Sometimes…

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Chatting about impostor syndrome

on January 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, a Twitter chat started up in my mentions around the subject of impostor syndrome. I made the comment that I was very familiar with it, which interested–and quite possibly horrified–a writer who is newly-published. He believed that the feeling of not being good enough, that publishers are going to “find you…

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Today we have Ali

on December 3, 2015

Ali is our guest writer today with some thoughts about not giving up. The Mean Girls in Your Head: On Not Giving Up The first time I said I was a writer, I felt like a liar. I muttered it quietly as the answer to a question and fled the room. That is questionable behavior,…

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I want to say something about Paris

on November 17, 2015

and Beirut and Baghdad and all the other places where violence has been perpetrated on the innocent lately. But I’m still processing, as I think many of us are. (The fact that I┬ácan take my time thinking things over is a privilege I am deeply aware of. And I am truly sorry for those who…

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Something about writing

on September 24, 2015

I am currently on tour to mark the release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING. Regular blogging will resume in October, but please drop by the blog every Tuesday and Thursday in September for posts from the archive. In the meantime, hope to see you on tour! This post originally ran in 2009. As an aspiring writer,…

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Allllllmost there…

on August 27, 2015

My revisions to Veronica Speedwell #2 are almost finished. I have a due date of August 31 that was graciously extended to September 7 since editor is on vacation, but as that overlaps book tour–and I don’t write when I travel–the end of August it is! And I’m grateful. This book has been a beast,…

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is not write

on July 14, 2015

Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? As a writer, you’re supposed to write. ALL THE TIME, EVERY DAY, NO EXCEPTIONS. That’s what we hear over and over, and after much consideration, my response to this is: PFFFFFFTTTTT. No, really. I don’t write every day and I’m pretty sure there are some people who would take back my…

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Today’s post is about writing

on June 11, 2015

And it’s one of those times that I want to laugh hollowly at the idea that I have anything to say upon the subject. I’m curled fetal under my desk, whimpering. This is my eleventh full-length novel for publication, and some things are just routine–like the mid-book existential crisis. The first draft of this book…

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We’re out of order!

on May 5, 2015

So today should be a blog about Reading but NOPE. I’m saving that for May 12 because we have a guest blogger that day, so today’s theme is Writing. I mentioned Reader/Writer Nancy–I’ve actually mentioned her frequently–in a blog entry a few weeks back and she popped right up with a series of interesting questions…

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This is the time on Sprockets when we write

on April 16, 2015

Brownie points for knowing the title reference. Yep, we are definitely going to be doing a monthly feature on writing. Might be my process, might be someone else’s. Might be a question from READER NANCY who has been suspiciously quiet lately. (I suspect she’s off doing fabulous things with her own work.) In any event,…

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