I’m now on the fourth draft of a story I’ve been working on for the last few years. Once the characters, plot and theme stabilized, I did a round of…
This quote by Nayyirah Waheed haunts me nearly every day: “The thing you are most afraid to write Write that.” Sometimes it’s the usual fears. What if…
All my life, I’ve thought of Jane Austen novels as the kind where women constrained by a society that won’t permit them any real adventures express…
Honestly, if you’re an author, you’re probably always going to be something of a creep. You can’t help noticing things about other people that set them…
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Or, lessons in divine writerly patience from Tiān Guān Cì Fú
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Or, how to keep the spark alive in the years it takes to write a novel
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Or, that other extreme of writer's block
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Nearly every writer I’ve ever met is a ‘pantser,’ preferring to plot by the seat of their pants, rather than a ‘plotter’ who knows how their story will…
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If you don't take your writing seriously, nobody else will
On avoiding purple prose
We are, many of us, aware of the danger of a single story, of a single representation defining and confining us to stereotypes. When we see diversity…
On how to deal with deadlines or the lack of them