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Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

Five Ways To Study Characters

I spent the past two weeks getting reacquainted with the characters for my second historical novel, BLIZZARD (still a working title). After writing the first draft over the summer, I took a break from the book to let things marinate. I’ve decided that much will be changed in the second draft. Most of the characters will retain vestiges of their former selves, but some will be changed drastically,... read more

Why Historical Fiction Matters, More Than Ever

Why do you read what you read, and write what you write? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot in 2016. Remember back in January, when I posted about trying to choose between Mr. Fiction and Mr. Nonfiction? And how it took me over eight months of working on a nonfiction project before I was able to clear the path to focus on fiction and memoir? Committing to one or two forms of writing, like... read more

7 Things HIMYM Taught Me About Writing

Before we get to today’s post, I just wanted to acknowledge changes to the website. I’m trying out a cleaner look, and slowly transitioning from a straight blog to an author website. You’ll notice a few small visual changes here and there, but for the most part, content on the blog will remain the same. I’m playing with some new backgrounds and color schemes, so what you see today... read more

Finishing Draft 1: Then Vs. Now

Last Wednesday, I reached the end of Blizzard, draft 1. (For more details about the book’s plot and characters, return to this post.) I was powerfully reminded of the way I felt when I reached the end of draft 1 of Waist on the auspicious date of 12/12/12. I was exhilarated then; I thought I had reached a finish line. Part of the blog post I wrote to celebrate that first draft’s ending said,... read more

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