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On Writing
The "On Writing" series, tracking my experiences of learning to write fiction while writing Marlowe Kana. Join me, won't you?
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On Writing, Aside #1: The Difference Between Aspirations and Goals 

It's easy -- even tempting -- to confuse them, but they couldn't be more different (A quick aside from the On Writing series)

It’s easy — even tempting — to confuse them, but they couldn’t be more different (A quick aside from the On Writing series)

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On Writing, Pt. 6: "Flow" (or, The Actual Writing Part Of Writing A Novel)

No, not THAT Flo. This is the state of being inside the writing. It's hard to get into, but what you get out of it is more rewarding than anything else ever.

No, not THAT Flo. This is the state of being inside the writing. It’s hard to get into, but what you get out of it is more rewarding than anything else ever.

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On Writing, Pt. 5: Getting Unblocked

Why yes, I'm about to compare writer's block to constipation, cause that shit's relevant.

There are many authors who will tell you writer’s block is a fabrication. They (meaning Stephen King) will tell you that the amateur waits for inspiration, while the professional gets to work. They (meaning Todd Henry) will glibly say “I only write when I’m motivated too. I just happened to be motivated every day at 8am.” […]

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On Writing, Pt. 4: You Know It When You Read It

Last night, I wrote something that made me ugly cry. And that's how I knew it was right.

Last night, I wrote something that made me ugly cry. And that’s how I knew it was right. 

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On Writing, Part 2: Why I Deleted An Entire Book And Started Over

Sometimes doing your best means doing it over.

When something’s done, let it be done and move on — but don’t call anything done until you know it’s the best you can do. 

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On Writing, Part 1: "What, You Start With Your Final Draft?"

Starting sucks... But it's the only way to get to the end.

Starting sucks… But it’s the only way to get to the end.

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